Billions of people lack access to clean water and many have little or no access to ground-water. A third of the world’s population lives in arid regions, often lacking water. They often they spend hours traveling great distances to collect water. The water crisis is real. Many people are beginning to realize that our water is at risk.
In the driest desert regions around the world there is an abundance of water in the air. The air is comprised of water vapor which condenses creating dew, mist and rain. It is estimated that the air contains as much as six times more water as all the rivers on Earth.
New technologies now pull moisture from the air providing clean fresh drinking water. Collaborators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, have designed a system that pulls moisture from the air into large porous crystals called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The device can harvest 2.8 liters of water daily for every kilogram of MOF even at relative humidity levels as low as 20 percent, similar to those of deserts.
Zero Mass Water has designed a solar-based system called a SOURCE Hydropanel. The system uses both solar photovoltaic and solar thermal to drive air through a proprietary water-absorbing material and condenses the extracted moisture into fluid. Each Hydropanel can produce an average of 60 to 150 liters of liquid water a month. Zero Mass Water partners with nonprofits to build hydropanel arrays in parts of the globe lacking water infrastructure.
Water is the essence of life. Without water we can only survive for about three days. Safe, clean drinkable water is a necessity.
We need to re-think the demand for water and how to efficiently manage it. We all need to demand more transparent stewardship of how our water is managed to ensure our water is protected and preserved.
Start re-thinking the psychological perceptions about water and educate yourself about the real threats that affect our water supply. We need to make fundamental changes to how we use our water. Protecting and preserving water takes money, time and education.
United we can transform our future to ensure that clean drinking water is accessible worldwide to the poorest and most vulnerable people of our planet. Only by managing our most precious natural resource can we ensure the future for today and future generations. By living in harmony with nature we can enjoy a fulfilling life.
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