Harvesting Fog for Water

Updated: May 21, 2020

Water is one of the most valuable resources in the world, yet it is unfortunately scarce.

You might wonder why - there is water everywhere! Yes, yet only 3% of the water on our planet is potable. You should also keep in mind, that about two thirds of it are hidden from you in the polar regions in the glaciers. That doesn’t leave us much. And when we say us, we mean more than 7 billion people, who need water every day.

Here is a good number for you to stress the scarcity of water - only about 0,014% of the water is fresh and easily available. The bigger problem is that if the current trends continue, the global demand for water will outstrip supply by 40% in only ten years!

The good news is that there are people around the world, doing their best to counter the already ongoing water-crisis. We visited one of such initiatives in Morocco, in the city of Agadir.

Dar Si Hmad is the largest functioning fog collection project in the world, using cutting-edge technology to fight the impacts of climate change.

Their fog harvesting technology - the Cloudfisher, allows them to collect potable water from the fog and distribute it to 16 villages in the Anti-Atlas mountains. It is a high-tech net, that resembles a fishing net, yet it catches small droplets of water, which are then going down to a reservoir.

The enhanced construction allows the Cloudfisher to produce 13-14 litres per square meter of net per day and withstand the wind speed of 120 km/h. Today over a thousand people are drinking fog water thanks to Dar Si Hmad.

Such installations not only bring life to regions where the water is scarce, but also development, education and culture, since the attitude of the local population to the fog has changed drastically. It used to be mistrusted and associated with destruction and diseases. Nowadays, due to the educational activities, that Dar Si Hmad are carrying out, the situation has changed and the fog is considered to be one of the sources for potable water in the region.

Such initiatives can bring changes globally into the world. And it is our duty to do everything we can to make such people popular and heard. Share this post to others, and contribute to Dar Si Hmad being popular.

Because capturing the clouds is not a fairytale, but a beautiful reality.

Dar Si Hmad is a member of the The Switchers - a community of inspiring green entrepreneurs and changemakers in the Mediterranean region. https://www.theswitchers.eu/en/


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