Our second annual Water Filter Training Course will take place in August 2019 at the Adamah Clay Studios in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, USA.
DATES: Saturday, August 17th – Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
START TIME: 8:30 am, Saturday, August 17th, 2019
END TIME: 5:00 pm, Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
Potters for Peace, in partnership with educational specialists at the Center for Affordable Water & Sanitation Technology (CAWST), has developed this two-week intensive course which will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to establish a water filter factory from the ground up, improve an existing factory, or prepare to work globally to improve water quality.
The course is designed to
- Train and support existing factory owners
- Attract and guide new ceramic filter factory startups
- Promote collaboration and communication between members of the filter community
- Improve filter quality on a global scale, thus helping to reduce the global burden of diarrheal disease
By the end of the training, participants will be able to demonstrate what is involved in high quality ceramic filter production and explain what is involved in starting and maintaining a successful filter factory.
The course will stress both safety and quality control.
Here is a partial list of topics that will be covered:
- How Water is Contaminated
- Pathogens and Water-Related Diseases
- The Multi-barrier Approach
- Point of Use Water Treatment Options
- How to Make a Ceramic Pot Filter
- How Ceramic Pot Filters Remove Pathogens
- Raw Material Processing
- Burn-Out Material Selection
- Clay Selection
- Formulating a Filter Recipe
- Record Keeping
- Filter Forming, Finishing and Identifiers
- Machinery Overview
- Filter Drying
- Kiln Stacking and Firing
- Quality Control
- Microbiological Testing
- Silver Application
- Packaging and Loading
- Health and Safety
- Receptacle Selection
- Filter Taps
- Distribution Plans
- End User Education
- Filter Instructions and Maintenance
- Equipment for Starting a Filter Factory
- Floor Plan Development
- Startup and Operational Costs
- Financing Options
- Business Models
- Marketing and Sales Models
Kaira Wagoner, Ph.D., PfP
Justine Rayner, Ph.D., CFWG
Robert Pillers, PfP
Lisa Mitchell, CAWST
The course will be offered in English and there will be a maximum of 12 participants.
TUITION FEE: USD $3500. Tuition covers all meals during the course, lodging at Adamah Clay Studios and transportation from Madison Wisconsin airport (MSN) or the Van Galder bus station in Madison, WI on August 16th. Buses run from the O’Hare airport to Madison daily. We will also provide transportation to Madison on August 29th. Dinner on August 16th and breakfast on August 29th are included. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Madison, WI.
LODGING: Accommodation is in modern, multiple occupancy rooms with adjoining bathrooms and air-conditioning.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available. To apply for a partial scholarship, fill out and return a Scholarship Application Form. The scholarship application form is here.
To register, download the registration form here.
Participants who need to apply for visas should do so as soon as possible. You may need a passport that will be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the course. If you need a visa to enter the US, please go online to ceac.state.gov and apply for the nonimmigrant tourist/business visa called DS-160. You will need to fill out the application online and provide a correctly sized passport photo (see this and other important information at the link above).
When you submit your deposit and registration form, you should request a letter from Potters for Peace verifying the purpose of the trip.
NOTE: the course registration fees are refundable if you register for the course but are unable to obtain a visa. DO NOT purchase your airline tickets until your visa has been granted.
For more information, download the course description here.
For registration, payment and scholarship information, please contact:
Jennifer Mally, firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions regarding course content, please contact:
Robert Pillers, email@example.com