One of the wonderful innovations causing a flurry of interest during the COP 17 talks in Durban was the DEW catcher. Durban in December is hot and sticky and as I was walking around the public expo section close to Durban’s convention centre, I was I was handed a glass bottle of ice cold DEW water and invited to see for myself how sweet, pure water is extracted from the humid atmosphere.
Innovations in water capture, filtration and distribution are a hobby of mine and the Dew Catcher ticks all the boxes. The electricity it uses to capture the atmospheric water is generated by a wind turbine that also feeds electricity back into the grid. The container the Dew Catcher is set up in makes 1 ton of water per day and is possibly the most exciting water making solution I have seen – to date.
South Africa is at a tipping point regarding the supply of fresh water and innovations such as the Dew Catcher can be of enormous assistance in delivering water to areas that have no service delivery or lack proper filtration capacity.
The Dew Catcher takes in air through its air filter which is then brought to its ‘dew point’ in order to extract the moisture. This water is then sent through a state of the art filtration system which includes seven filters and three U.V. lights, ensuring you get nothing, but the purest water.
Atmospheric water is already a very clean source of water. As fresh water becomes harder and harder to come by, some solutions will be touted as being good because of the filtration it offers. What is not that well known is that normal filter systems can only filter out certain impurities and human hormones and other water soluble chemicals pass straight through conventional water filters.
Concerns about the supply and quality of tap water around the world are on the increase, and with an ever increasing population more and more pressure is put on service delivery of fresh water and adequate sewerage treatment facilities to manage waste water that should be re-used.
Dew water is not packaged in plastic and the bottles are sourced in Durban ( local is lekker for the Durbanites) and carry a R15 deposit, to ensure that recycling is - in the words of the Dew Catcher’s - not “ merely a catch phrase but an economic ‘no brainer’.”
One of the many other benefits of the Dew Catcher is that it is able to produce the cleanest water on the market and locally too, removing the need for mass transportation. Their philosophy is based around putting a Dew Catcher where the water is needed most rather than transporting the water where it needs to be.
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