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WIND-POWERED CLEAN DRINKING WATER PLUCKED FROM THIN AIR

WIND-POWERED CLEAN DRINKING WATER PLUCKED FROM THIN AIR

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NOW AND THEN a piece of simple genius comes along with the potential to save and improve countless lives.  Waterseer™ is just the sort of brainwave that makes you want to ask: “how-is-it-that-someone-didn’t think-of this-before?”.

Waterseer™ condenses pure water from the air without the need for power or chemicals. It’s low maintenance and can be deployed easily – and in numbers – to any community in the planet.

Currently up to 9000 people a die per day across the planet because they don’t have access to clean water.

Its claim is that each unit can produce up to 37 litres a clean water per day. Plant an “orchard” of them into the ground and they can produce enough water for an entire village or community.

WaterSeer™ Indiegogo from DESIGN ALLIANCE on Vimeo.

The original prototype was tested at the University of California Berkeley’s Gill Tract Farm in April 2016 and the current model was finalised this August and field tested with the National Peace Corps Association.

How does it work?

The unit is planted about two metres into the ground. Underground is  a reservoir, a bulb, to contain the water. Above it is a tubular chamber leading to a turbine at the top that spins in the prevailing breeze.

The turbine directs air down through the chamber and, as the warmer air captured at the top, cools water vapor is captured and flows down into the reservoir.

The chamber is always cooler than the air, so water is always being collected — even, apparently, when there’s no wind.

The water is extracted from the reservoir though a simple hose and hand pump.

You can contribute to the development and deployment of Waterseer™ at indiegogo

waterseer.org

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