Jerusalem, April 5: As India and Vietnam are facing water shortage in many drought-hit regions, an Israeli firm will provide drinking water by extracting it from the air for those who do not have access to clean water sources. MoU that costs around $150 million was signed between Water Gen and India’s second largest solar company last week that aims to extract and provide clean water from the air.Meanwhile, the company also arranged with the Hanoi government to set up water generators in the Vietnamese capital. “The government of Vietnam greatly esteems the technological developments in Israel, and I hope that the Israeli technology that we supply to Vietnam will significantly help to improve water conditions in the country,” Water Gen President Mikhael Mirilashvili said after the signing in Hanoi, according to a statement.
Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz demonstrated Water Gen’s technology and touted the device, saying that the device can produce 15-20 liters of drinkable water a day, as a weapon against worldwide water scarcity. “There is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without”. “You cannot boycott products that you can’t live without, he added.
About 1.2 billion people, nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, live in areas of water scarcity, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Of India’s 1.25 billion people, 75 million lack accesses to clean water. And Vietnam has struggled to provide its population of 95 million with water because of contamination, poor infrastructure, and heavy agricultural demand.
Water Gen devices use thin plastic leaves to condensed water from warm, humid air. The company says that its largest unit can produce 825 gallons of water per day for only 10 cents a gallon.
In India, Water Gen is to deploy its technology to supply drinking water to remote villages in India with solar power from Vikar Solar. The Vietnam project is to generate tens of thousands of liters of water a day for the people of Hanoi. Water Gen also said in a statement that it plans to build a factory to produce technology for sale in the region.