Juan Carlos Calizaya Luna
Fellow Since 2004
CENCA- Instituto De Desarrollo Urbano
This description of Juan Carlos Calizaya Luna's work was prepared when Juan Carlos Calizaya Luna was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
In Lima, one of the world’s driest urban areas, growing numbers of low-income neighborhoods have no access to running water. Juan Carlos is proposing a new approach to sustainable waste management. His system can be installed at one-third the cost of traditional water and waste systems, it saves 50 percent of typical urban water consumption, and most importantly, it involves local citizens in development and financing in order to ensure sustainability. In a city where a growing population is putting tremendous pressure on an already failing system of water and waste management, innovative thinking is necessary to prevent a health crisis of drastic proportions.
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