Warka water by collecting rain, fog and dew

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Warka water structure. Source: Fondazione Maxxi

Bamboo water catcher project misses crowdfunding target

VIDEO : http://youtu.be/WaOU-GQx2TQ

Speed read

  • Water moisture collects on the pineapple-shaped bamboo and mesh structure
  • Despite missing its Kickstarter target, other potential funders are interested
  • But water experts say the technology offers poor value for Africa
Warka water structure - http://reggaerevolution.it/portal/e107_images/newspost_images/warka_water.jpg
Warka water structure – http://reggaerevolution.it/portal/e107_images/newspost_images/warka_water.jpg


The project started after Vittori’s visit to water-starved parts of Ethiopia in 2012. He designed a pineapple-shaped bamboo and mesh structure on which water from rain, fog and dew collects and drains into a container (see below for a video outlining the design).

The ideas behind Warka Water are used in fog catchers in Chile and Peru. But water experts tell SciDev.Net that this version of the technology is too impractical and expensive to use in Africa.

Vittori envisages mass production of the water towers in Africa. The structure can be assembled by a small team without the need for training. He estimates that each tower would provide 50 to 100 litres of water a day

Read the full article: SciDevNet

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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