October 18, 2017

#DevelopmentCongress IDB-FEMSA Award Finalists

At the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Inter-American Development Bank and FEMSA Foundation will be awarding the winners of the BID-FEMSA Award 2017.

The jury has selected seven innovative solutions to solve the problems of the water and sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean. All of the finalists will be at the final round of the Award at the IWA #DevelopmentCongress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The finalists are already implementing their solutions in Brazil, México, Colombia, Perú and Chile. They were selected among 50 competitors from all over the LAC region and they will have the chance to make a final live presentation on November 14th before a jury composed by international experts working on water and sanitation, business and innovation.

The IDB-FEMSA Awards offer four prizes of US$10,000 and US$5,000 to innovative solutions to the problems of access to drinking water and sanitary services in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Meet the finalists:


The clay Ekofil filter is a portable unit, easy to install and to maintain. It grants access to clean and safe water from sources of dubious quality.


DryMix is a dry toilet that separates the fecal matter from the urine at the source, so the fecal sludge can be disposed of in a safe and sustainable way. The toilet accelerates the process of stabilization and decomposition of the fecal matter.


The solution utilizes security and signage products for industrial plants produced from 100% post-consumer recycled materials, mainly plastics, HDE, PET, wood and others.


It is a filter that removes detergent from water using solar power. The filter heats the water at high temperature at which soap and other detergents are dissolved. It is an economical and smaller size purifier than most alternatives already in the market.


Eco-Active is an organic catalyzer that utilizes highly accelerated bases to decompos polluting organic matter in natural water ways.


WaterAir is a piece of equipment that produces water from the air through an innovative refrigeration system. The equipment utilizes clean and affordable energy, which makes it accessible to low income communities.


Fluid is an artificial intelligence system that utilizes sensors attached to the hydrometers to detect spills in the pipes on the water distribution networks.