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Texas man invents a machine that creates clean drinking water from moisture in the atmosphere for Hurricane victims

October 10, 2019 at 07:30 am | Tech & Innovation

Ama Nunoo

Ama Nunoo | Staff Writer

October 10, 2019 at 07:30 am | Tech & Innovation

Moses West, the brain behind the machine that extracts moisture from the atmosphere to make water, Photo: The Water Rescue Foundation/ Facebook

People who have constant supply to clean drinking water take the basic need for granted until they have it no more.

For people recovering from natural disasters like hurricanes, clean water is inaccessible for long periods of time, adding to the woes already experienced from the displacement and homelessness that follows such disasters.

This is where Moses West’s efforts to make clean drinking water accessible to people in need must be championed.

Photo: The Water Rescue Foundation/ Facebook

The founder of Atmospheric Water Generator Contracting LLC has vested interest providing clean accessible water.

West invented a machine that pulls moisture from the atmosphere and turns it into clean drinking water in 2015, Spectrum News reports.

He took his elementary science knowledge of condensation to a whole new level. The possible solution to the world’s water crises lies in the basic concept of condensation, the same technique that causes beads of sweat on a glass of water or moisture when one breathes on a window.

According to Spectrum News, this is how it works, “the AWG takes H2O molecules (water) from the atmosphere and creates the natural process of condensation with water vapor from the humidity in the air. The water then collects and is passed through a water filtration system and is ready for immediate use.”

The AWG, however, does the same thing but on a much lager scale. With this technique the machine has been of help to communities in Flint, Michigan, and Puerto Rico when hurricane Austin ravaged them.

The Atmospheric Water Generator, Photo: The Water Rescue Foundation/ Facebook

Hurricane Dorian victims in Texas are in dire need of clean drinking water and this Texas native is happy to be of help. He is taking his machine to the Bahamas.

The island is nowhere near reconstruction and it will take a while before they are back on their feet because some islands still have no power and water supply and most people are still homeless.

 West told  CNN affiliate KXAN, “This is a long-term recovery for the people there, and one of the stresses that they do not need to have is a lack of clean water.

“One well functioning machine can produce about 1,200 gallons of water a day which can serve about 2,000 people with clean drinking water. The more humidity in the air, the more water is produced inside the ‘shipping container-size device.”

The Bahamas usually has a tropical climate so the AWG would be like a generator powered by high humidity.  West says, “It’s like an endless source of water, it’s a water generator.” He adds that it will be able to produce more than the 1,200 gallons a day produced in Flint.

The machines made by West are financed by a Non-profit organisation, Water Rescue Foundation. The foundation works with West to provide clean accessible water at no cost to the people in need of the water.

The manufacturing and maintenance of the machines are heavily reliant on donations from the public so for now it is unable to leave them permanently at any location. It is, however, the vision of West to make the communities have these machines permanently.

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