Our History

Some fun facts about us...

  • We founded the oldest non-profit organization dedicated to water supply, sanitation, and community development in the world, Agua Del Pueblo (AdP).  We are known as Agua del Pueblo - USA

  • We are responsible for the world's first "barefoot engineering" training program.

  • The International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD, or World Bank) and the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) have modeled our work. 

  • Some of our team successfully negotiated a cessation of arms used against our staff during the Guatemalan Civil War.

  • A group of young Cornell Engineers, other Cornell graduates, and alums from Columbia, Stanford, and Texas A&M formed AdP in 1972 in San Lucas Toliman in conjunction with the San Lucas Mission.

The People's Consultants is also deeply concerned with educating the world on the importance of clean water in developing communities. We have facilitated numerous research projects. See some of the resulting publications below! 

  • Sauer, M. S Smith and B Clemens 2012 “Does it pay to invest in potable water in the developing world: Relationships between external financing and economic development in sustainable community-run integrated projects” Journal of International Development Article: first published online: 27 SEP: DOI: 10.1002/jid.2880

  •  Clemens, B. and Tom Douglas 2012. “To what degree can potable water foster international economic development?  What role does health play? Organization Management Journal. 9(2): 83-89. DOI:10.1080/15416518.2012.687988

Meet The Team

Bruce Clemens

Remi Bagwell


Greg O'Brien



Our Mission

The People’s Consultants aka Agua del Pueblo USA, will provide transparent, objective and cost-effective service to rural Guatemalans. We will objectively evaluate our projects over the long term after completion. We will share these results with the intention of helping other NGOs, government agencies, donors and communities to improve levels of potable water supply and sanitation. We will follow effective methodologies to provide potable water and sanitation to help build healthy, sustainable communities. We will help to bridge the gap between funding agencies and projects needing additional financial resources.

"Water is life, and clean water means health"

-audrey hepburn