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Dew-Collecting Device Could Ease Water Woes

By    |   Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 10:11 AM

Two architects have come up with a way of literally turning thin air into water -- an invention that could save millions of lives.

Joseph Cory and Eyal Malka, who are based in Haifa, Israel, designed WatAir, a set of dew-collecting panels arranged in an inverted pyramid shape. The low-tech device draws water vapor from the air and turns it into fresh water in almost any climate.

Based on the dew-collecting properties of leaves, one 315-square-foot WatAir can extract nearly 13 gallons of fresh water from the air every day. If enough of the units are used, an unlimited daily supply of water could be produced -- even in remote and polluted places.

WatAir has the potential to save millions of lives annually if it is produced commercially. According to the United Nations, an estimated 1.2 billion people worldwide currently have no access to safe drinking water, and more than 3 million people die every year from diseases caused by unsafe water.

According to Cory, the unit’s panels are portable, flexible, and easy to collapse when not in use. They even can do double duty -- providing shelter from rain and heat and play areas for children.

Arup International, a global firm specializing in innovative and sustainable design, recently awarded WatAir first place in its worldwide Drawing Water Challenge, which sought inventions capable of making clean, safe water.

"WatAir is a wonderfully simple concept, which draws its inspiration from nature," says competition judge Jo da Silva. "This is a simple and effective idea using tried and tested technology."

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