Drinking Water From the Air

Yunus Emre Duyar
January 28th 2015

The Warka Water tower, a project developed by Arturo Vittori and his team at Architecture and Vision, has the aim of contributing to solve the drinking water shortage in developing countries.The tower is a spiral construction of bamboo and polyester mesh, able to collect the water carried through air so that it can be used as potable water.

The project is based on the simple fact that there is always water carried through the air. Standing as high as 22 meters, the tower harvests this potential potable water. The mesh of the tower captures fog moisture, while rain water is collected directly in a tank below the tower and dew is collected via a funnel into the tank. The project is named after the Warka tree, which is a giant tree native to Ethiopia.

The team claims that the tower is able to collect up to 100 liters of drinking water daily. In countries such as Ethiopia, the main cause behind the spread of diseases is the lack of clean drinking water. In Ethiopia, a mere 44% of the general population can access clean water, and disease rates increase with the lack of clean water systems.

The project aim is not to find the solution to clean water shortage in developing countries, but it definitely makes an ingenious contribution. The team behind the project is currently seeking backers on Kickstarter in order to test their first prototypes in Ethiopia.

Story via Wired, image via Kickstarter.

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