Since he's only a year out of college, Adrian Lievano could be working a stable job. Instead he runs a company focused on tackling the global water crisis.
The company, called Everwaters, is a product of a trip he took to Kenya last year for a senior design project. The idea was to build a catch-water system. But when he was there, he realized his efforts could be used to create more long-lasting solutions for the community.
Solutions, Lievano said, were not something he could effect in one trip.
"You have to be on the ground bringing the product to bring their clean water issues," Lievano said, adding. "It takes years of work."
So he scratched the original plans and interviewed locals and NGOs in the area instead. He asked them about their relationship with water and what their needs were.
A year has passed, and Everwaters has completed its first product to fit those needs. Lievano has built the company with the company's co-founder, Matt Lisle.
The result? A coconut-based carbon and earth-based ceramic container that purifies water. It sits perfectly on the back of a bike or motorcycle, which many people use to transport water home. The product stores about three gallons of water and filters a liter an hour. In American dollars, a year's supply of water would cost $75, including a $25 replacement cartridge that helps filter the water.
But price points around the world would vary, Lievano said, who has stressed that he wants to make clean water affordable by communities of all incomes. Everwaters has plans to distribute the product within the United States, but also in East Africa and Latin America.