The challenge to provide safe drinking water
When disasters happen, people are thrown back to the very basic states of survival: obtaining -safe- food and drinking water, shelter from wind, rain, and cold, and proper clothing. Sanitary facilities are not working anymore, increasing the risk of contamination of water sources.
To provide access to safe drinking water, typically, emergency relief organizations bring water-filtration systems to the affected areas. The problem with these systems is that due to the turbid conditions of the water sources, the systems become easily clogged, thus failing to provide adequate amounts of safe drinking water.
Safe drinking water for more than 1500-2500 people
Rainmaker’s Air-to-Water technology overcomes that problem, harvesting clean water from the air. Rainmaker has developed a containerized emergency-relief unit, capable of producing 3000 to 5000l per day, enough to provide 1500 to 2500 people with uncontaminated drinking water, or in more desperate conditions, even larger populations.
Disaster areas are difficult to be reached, thus it requires extra effort to reach the harmed people effectively. The emergency relief unit can be transported to the disaster area by road, if accessible, on a container lorry. Unreachable places can be aided by dropping the unit using a helicopter.
Placed on a rather flat surface, the systems require minimal operations and maintenance, and can immediately be safely deployed. In this emergency situation, the unit draws on a diesel (or petrol) fueled generator, necessary to run the ventilator and condensing units.
Emergency Relief Planning
Obviously, the use of the units has to be integrated into the existing emergency relief planning. Disaster-prone regions may obtain one to as many units as they want to deploy. That does not necessarily mean that this would only be ‘money on the shelf’. Meanwhile, these units can also be made operational, awaiting their call to help. The units can be plugged into the grid, use the internal generator, or even better, use circular energy sources like solar and wind, producing drinking water for the population in the neighborhood of the logistics facility, or the facility complex itself. In the event an emergency occurs, they just need to be unplugged from the external energy source and loaded on the lorry or helicopter.
Please contact us if you want to understand more about our emergency relief unit and discuss our possibilities.