EMAS Training Centre, Bolivia

Water, sanitation and energy innovation in Bolivia.

The EMAS concept

Water, sanitation and energy innovation in Bolivia

EMAS, Bolivia

Location:  Escuela Mobile Agua y Saneamenta (EMAS) training centre is located in Bolivia in Peurto Perez, approximately 1 hour from La Paz  on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The EMAS concept was developed by Wolfgang Eloy Buchner more than thirty years ago.   The training centre facilities comprise a training workshop, classroom, accommodation  and dining facilities.  The grounds have working examples of the various technologies developed by EMAS. 

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 The EMAS Concept 

Do it yourself technology: all the material has to be locally available and within the financial means of the user.

Added Value: the more added value is given to the water, the more dependent becomes the user, and the more dependency exists, the more the user is willing to maintain the service.

Each EMAS centre has a technology portfolio of working systems with solutions based on proven scientific and engineering technologies

  • Pumps
  • Ferro-cement Tanks
  • Latrines
  • Shower Units
  • Solar water heaters
  • Ferro-cement sinks
  • Low cost Gutters
  • Filters
  • Drilling
  • Constructed Wetlands


During more than 30 years living in rural areas in Bolivia, South America the EMAS concept was developed, step by step. These appropriate technologies have already been introduced to many countries in South and Central America, some parts in Asia, some countries in Africa, including many countries where DTC is currently working


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