Water from Air: Watergen to Begin Operating in India
Watergen, an Israeli atmospheric water generation startup,signed an agreement with the Indian conglomerate SMV Jaipuria Group to bring its technology to India. This is expected to help India tackle water scarcity as the country is facing a major potable water shortage.
Is India Running Short of Water?
India is home to 18% of the world population yet only has access to 4% of the global freshwater sources. As the demand for water pushes the country to overexploit groundwater sources, the levels of groundwater across India are rapidly declining.
According to the NITI Aayog report in 2019, India has been going through the deepest water crisis in its history. Over 600 million Indians have been water-deprived. In 2021, 21 cities of India, including Delhi, Bangalore, and others, have most likely exhausted their groundwater resources.
Today, about 75% of the rural population lack access to clean water. Water scarcity is a major setback to the state of environment and the quality of life. This is why India is in urgent need for alternative water sources.
Water’s in the Air
The GENius technology developed by Watergen will relieve the pressure on India’s groundwater sources.
“Our purpose also is to develop innovative and cost-effective technologies that provide clean and safe drinking water without causing harm to nature, either directly or indirectly,” — Michael Mirilashvili, President of Wategen.
Watergen’s atmospheric water generation (AWG) technology extracts clean potable water from the air within just a few steps. Humid air is drawn from the atmosphere and passed through a filter to remove dirt and dust. Then the air is passed through Watergen GENius heat exchange where it is condensed into water. After filtration, ultraviolet (UV) lamps then kill any bacteria before the produced water is taken to an inbuilt storage tank, ready to be used.