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Creating water from the air

Global Goals & Global Society
Creating water from the air

Given that 1.1 billion people lack access to water and 2.7 billion face water scarcity for at least one month each year, drinking water seems to be a luxury. Around the world, one-third of schools lack access to clean water, and 500 000 children under the age of five pass away each year as a result of contaminated water. One of the biggest challenges to civilization is access to clean drinking water, and by 2040, 600 million children will reportedly be residing in regions with highly restricted water supplies.

The challenge was accepted by Kumulus, who created a brand-new sustainable invention.They have developed a device that can draw water from the air and the sun. The project's goal is to produce between 20 and 30 liters of drinking water per day without the use of any extra water sources or external energy sources.


The Kumulus team has created a device that turns humidity into drinkable water (read more about it here). The Tunisian digital start-up wants to satisfy the UN General Assembly's declaration that everyone has the right to obtain clean water with this project.

Even in arid regions like the desert of North Africa, this device enables access to a reliable and secure source of drinking water. The business gives the equipment to villages and schools without access to clean water. As an effort to decrease the use of plastic water bottles, they also provide it to businesses including hotels, workplaces, and industries.

The Kumulus-1 is an Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG), producing 20 to 30 litres of pure drinking water each day, according to their website. It is a completely autonomous device that is also convenient to move and straightforward to set up and maintain. As it enters the machine, the air is first cleaned of impurities by the first air filter. The water in it then condenses on surfaces inside the machine as a result of chilling the air. This device makes it possible to access a reliable and safe source of drinking water. Its chubby shape, created by product and interior designer Zouhair Ben Jannet, can fit inside a 1 m3 cube and is powered entirely by solar energy. This idea intends to lessen plastic waste and drinking water scarcity while bringing a playful shape to the area where it is placed.


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