Hanoi to ben­e­fit from in­no­va­tive Is­raeli air to wa­ter tech­nol­ogy

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By EYTAN HALON

Viet­nam’s cap­i­tal Hanoi will ben­e­fit from Is­raeli com­pany Water­gen’s unique tech­nol­ogy to ex­tract fresh wa­ter di­rectly from the air, boost­ing the city’s drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply.

De­spite al­most two-thirds of the fif­teenth most pop­u­lous coun­try in the world, ap­prox­i­mately 95 mil­lion cit­i­zens, liv­ing in close prox­im­ity to Viet­nam’s three key river basins Thai Binh, Mekong Delta and Dong Nai, the coun­try’s abil­ity to pro­vide safe drink­ing wa­ter to its cit­i­zens has been lim­ited by wa­ter pol­lu­tion and a lack of in­fra­struc­ture and fi­nan­cial re­sources.

Ap­prox­i­mately 80% of wa­ter sup­ply­ing Hanoi’s 7.5 mil­lion cit­i­zens is sourced from ground­wa­ter, which con­tains five to ten times the per­mit­ted con­cen­tra­tion of am­mo­nia.

Hanoi will re­ceive two GEN350 at­mo­spheric wa­ter gen­er­a­tors con­trib­uted by Water­gen pres­i­dent and phi­lan­thropist Dr. Michael Mir­i­lashvili. The ma­chines, which are cur­rently be­ing show­cased at a month-long ex­hibit in the city’s Ly Thai To Square cel­e­brate 25 years of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Is­rael and Viet­nam and will be handed over to the Hanoi Mu­nic­i­pal Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee.

Each unit is equipped with an in­ter­nal wa­ter treat­ment sys­tem and is ca­pa­ble of gen­er­at­ing more than 600 liters of clean fresh wa­ter daily, re­quir­ing no in­fra­struc­ture ex­cept for elec­tric­ity. Weigh­ing 800 kilo­grams, the gen­er­a­tors are eas­ily trans­portable to ru­ral ar­eas, where fresh wa­ter sup­plies may be es­pe­cially scarce.

“Water­gen is hon­ored to share the ben­e­fits of Is­raeli wa­ter tech­nol­ogy to the peo­ple of Viet­nam by pro­vid­ing them with a fun­da­men­tal life­line of drink­ing wa­ter,” said Mir­i­lashvili.

“The GEN-350 will un­doubt­edly help to im­prove the quality of life and health of the Viet­namese peo­ple who are in need of safe and clean drink­ing wa­ter.”

Since the turn of the year, Viet­nam’s Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity has suc­cess­fully tested the tech­nol­ogy in three re­gions of the coun­try with dis­tinct weather con­di­tions in or­der to mea­sure the quality of the wa­ter. SGS, a multi­na­tional in­spec­tion com­pany op­er­at­ing in Viet­nam, found the wa­ter to be of drink­ing quality in two tests.

“Start-ups and supreme tech­nol­ogy has been at the core of in­ter­est in the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Is­rael and Viet­nam over the past two years, and Water­gen’s GEN350 is one of sev­eral such in­no­va­tions that stand out,” said Is­raeli Am­bas­sador to Viet­nam Na­dav Esh­car. “The gen­er­a­tor is not con­nected to any wa­ter source but can still make wa­ter out of air. This is tech­nol­ogy that peo­ple can see and be amazed by.”

Water­gen is cur­rently work­ing with other or­ga­ni­za­tions in Viet­nam’s pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors to roll out its tech­nol­ogy in ad­di­tional lo­ca­tions.

Vice Chair­man of the Hanoi Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee Nguyen Doan Toan ex­pressed his de­sire on Wed­nes­day to see greater hi-tech agri­cul­tural col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the city and Is­raeli start-ups.

“Hanoi wishes to re­ceive Is­raeli sup­port in the field so that it can soon ful­fill its goal of be­com­ing an agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion and con­sump­tion cen­ter in the re­gion as well as a lead­ing farm pro­duce ex­porter,” he said at a con­fer­ence of Viet­nam-Is­rael en­ter­prises in hi-tech agri­cul­ture, ac­cord­ing to the state-con­trolled Viet­nam News Agency.

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