So many people in developing contexts struggle to access water, with shifting weather patterns, dropping ground water tables, lack of access to clean surface water many people need to travel long distances to access water. Our solution captures water from humidity in the air and creates access to water wherever there is a need.
Drinking water is essential for all body functions and life itself. Considering that our bodies are approximately 80% liquid and our brains are 90% water, understanding water’s important role in the body can be a fountain of health. Water is the essential element in life needed to maintain good health and well-being. Water is needed to digest food and eliminate toxins and waste from our bodies. Water also protects our cell tissue, regulating body temperature and transporting oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Water allows our bodies to heal and helps prevent disease and obesity. Water is the most important nutrient in our bodies. Of course, the quality of the water we drink directly impacts our body’s life-supporting functions. Researchers all agree that pure water is the essential, ultimate drink for life and health.
The world’s water is constantly moving in what is called the water cycle or hydraulic cycle. This means that water continually changes between the oceans, the atmosphere, rivers and lakes and below the ground: however the volume of water remains constant. In other words there is never going to be additional water made available to our planet. The problem we are facing is the negative impact humans have had on the available drinkable water.
Only 1% of the earth’s water is available as drinking water for human and animal consumption and that 1% is being contaminated by the industrial civilization in which we live. Pollutants such as physical & biological waste, chemicals, pesticides from agriculture and pharmaceuticals are contaminating our water beyond our ability to clean it. Consequently we are now at a point where pure drinkable water is becoming more and more difficult to access.
The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of all known illness is caused by contaminated drinking water. According to United Nations the global consumption of water is doubling every 20 years as the population increases. By the year 2025 the expected demand for water will exceed 50% of the amount currently being used today. At that time almost two-thirds of the world’s population will lack access to fresh drinking water.
The uncertainty and concerns of drinking tap water has fueled a worldwide growth explosion in the sale of bottled water. However, more recently bottled water has fallen out of favor and sales are being banned in many locations; such as government offices, universities and many municipalities. This is a direct result of increased groundwater contaminants being found in bottled water along with massive problems caused by the billions of plastic water container bottles clogging our landfills yearly.
The bottled water industry is an unregulated $100 billion a year industry that is presently facing charges from consumer groups, raising concerns and warnings over the host of microorganisms and chemicals found in bottled water. An estimated 30% to 40% of all bottled water is just regular tap water that may or may not be filtered. Bottled water is expensive, up to $5.00 per gallon plus the inconvenience of having to constantly lug heavy cases or large bottles around and at the same time, paying a ridiculous price for that inconvenience.
To address this a water producing system adapted to condense water from the air and collected in a storage tank were the water is purified and bacteria is killed. One form of killing the bacteria is to utilize an ozone injection system and filter system to remove the ozone prior to the water being dispensed. In one form, a dual fluid circuit is utilized in which an operating fluid dumps heat to a second circuit such as a refrigeration cycle, the cooled operating fluid lowers the temperature of a water condensation member.
We need to better understand the market with which we want to operate in and the needs of beneficiaries in accessing clean water.
Strengths & Weaknesses
That energy is readily available or there is storage capacity. Security of technology is also an broad assumption we have made.
Most Significant Challenge
Ensuring that the prototype is cost effective.