Is­raeli tech­nol­ogy to help solve In­dia’s wa­ter short­age

The Jerusalem Post - - INDIA’S PM IN ISRAEL - • By SHARON UDASIN

An Is­raeli com­pany that af­ford­ably ex­tracts wa­ter from thin air signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing to bring its pro­pri­etary tech­nol­ogy to In­dia.

Ris­hon Lezion-based Wa­ter-Gen and In­dia’s SUN Group an­nounced their col­lab­o­ra­tion in Tel Aviv on Tues­day, agree­ing that the lat­ter will be re­spon­si­ble for dis­tribut­ing the for­mer’s tech­nol­ogy in the In­dian mar­ket. The part­ners are fo­cus­ing on pro­vid­ing a potable wa­ter so­lu­tion to the In­dian mil­i­tary, of­fi­cial in­sti­tu­tions and gov­ern­ment agen­cies in par­tic­u­lar, ac­cord­ing to the mem­o­ran­dum.

The part­ner­ship an­nounce­ment co­in­cided with the ar­rival to Is­rael of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing busi­ness del­e­ga­tion – among whose mem­bers is the vice chair­man of the SUN Group, Shiv Vikram Khemka. The sign­ing took place at an event held by the Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Is­rael.

“We are a busi­ness com­pany, but our vi­sion is a hu­man­i­tar­ian one,” said Wa­ter-Gen ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Maxim Pasik. “In the 21st cen­tury, there is no rea­son for any so­ci­ety to suf­fer short­age of wa­ter.”

The agree­ment with the SUN Group is one of many re­cent such col­lab­o­ra­tions ce­mented by Wa­ter-Gen around the world. Most re­cently, the Mi­ami sub­urb of Mi­ami Gar­dens an­nounced that it would launch a pi­lot pro­gram us­ing the com­pany’s sys­tem.

Wa­ter-Gen’s tech­nol­ogy first made waves at the AIPAC Pol­icy con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton at the end of March, when Prof. Alan Der­showitz pre­sented the com­pany’s de­vice on stage and pulled wa­ter out of the air. Trap­ping hu­mid air on-de­mand, the de­vice cleans and dries the air and ex­tracts clean wa­ter.

The com­pany claims to of­fer a far more af­ford­able op­tion than other sys­tems that have tried to ex­tract wa­ter from air, as the heat ex­changer in the de­vice is made from plas­tic rather than from alu­minum. Gen­er­at­ing 1 gal­lon (3.79 liters) of wa­ter re­quires only 1 kW of en­ergy, ac­cord­ing to the firm.

Wa­ter-Gen’s sys­tem is avail­able in three sizes: a small home ap­pli­ance, a medium-scale model and an in­dus­trial wa­ter gen­er­a­tor with a ca­pac­ity of up to 6,000 liters of wa­ter per day.

The com­pany stressed the im­por­tance of bring­ing its so­lu­tion to In­dia, which is the sec­ond-most pop­u­lous coun­try in the world and suf­fers from a chronic wa­ter short­age. In ru­ral ar­eas, where 74% of the pop­u­la­tion re­sides, only about 21% of the peo­ple have ac­cess to good san­i­ta­tion and only 84% ben­e­fit from a reg­u­lar wa­ter sup­ply, the firm said. In ur­ban ar­eas, where the sit­u­a­tion is bet­ter, just 54% of res­i­dents have ac­cess to good san­i­ta­tion and 96% en­joy a reg­u­lar wa­ter sup­ply, the com­pany said.

Glob­ally, more than a mil­lion chil­dren un­der the age of five die ev­ery year from dis­eases re­lated to wa­ter short­ages or wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion, added Pasik.

“In this sense, the tech­nol­ogy Wa­ter-Gen has de­vel­oped is a hu­man­i­tar­ian one, and we see it as a moral obli­ga­tion to dis­trib­ute it as much as pos­si­ble where it is needed,” he said. “It is no se­cret that there is a need for tech­nol­ogy like Wa­ter-Gen’s in In­dia, and this is why we are so happy about the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing signed yes­ter­day be­tween us and an In­dian com­pany shar­ing this vi­sion.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Israel

© PressReader. All rights reserved.