Two different groups believe they have discovered a new way to combat water scarcity though both of the ideas are quite similar, using a mesh net to capture airborne water particles.
PHOG Water began as a student business project at Princeton University. Students wanted to see if it was possible to capture water from low clouds. They tested the idea by heading St. Vincent and the Grenadines, climbing a volcano on one of the islands and erecting a small wooden frame with a mesh net strung across it.
The hope was that when low clouds passed through the net, water particles would land on the mesh, bond together and slide down the mesh into a collection trough. After erecting the first water catching station, the group returned to find the trough overflowing.
While the PHOG water project shows promise in an area rich with moisture, WarkaWater is designed to be employed in more arid regions.
Italian inventor Arturo Vittori created WarkaWater (pictured), which is named after an Ethiopian fig tree. It's a tall bamboo-like structure that's much larger than the PHOG Water test model. Like PHOG water, the WarkaWater stretches mesh across the bamboo with the idea that airborne water molecules will attach themselves and ultimately run down into a collection trough.
Test units erected in dry areas of Africa have pulled about 25 gallons of water per day, which may not sound like a lot, but really could be huge considering many villagers have to walk several hours a day simply to find drops of clean drinking water.
Many believe that water plucked from the air is inherently cleaner than groundwater because is hasn't been exposed to as many pollutants. Water that comes from WarkaWater does not need to be further sanitized. PHOG Water also believes its water is more pure than ground water, but they choose to add an extra sanitizing step before bottling and sales.
Since the origin of PHOG water was a school business project, the founders intend to follow through and market their water for a profit. Their website states the desire to donate a portion of the profits to fight water scarcity. Good for them.
It's encouraging to see two examples of a rather simple idea that may lead to the easing of the worldwide water scarcity. Both structures are inexpensive and fairly simple to assemble, which should bode well for their development.
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