‘Atrapanieblas’ to capture condensation (Cloud Catchers)


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Peruvian farmers harvest water from fog

by Sami Grover

Sami Grover

If you live halfway up a mountain in rural Peru, and if you have no access to running water, farming can be a difficult task. In a town called Villa Lourdes, villagers receive deliveries of fresh drinking water three times a week from Lima—and they used to have to schlep a good deal of that water up the hill to irrigate their crops. That’s until a different, all together more elegant solution presented itself:


Using ‘Atrapanieblas’—large nets erected on the hillside—farmers like Maria Teresa Avalos Cucho take advantage of the daily fog to capture condensation, harvesting between 200 and 400 liters a day from each panel—which is then stored in tanks, and gravity-fed to the crops below.

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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

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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

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