THE FOG COL­LEC­TOR

Popular Science - - BUILT TO OUTLAST: POPSCI 2018 -

CHAL­LENGE: DROUGHT LO­CA­TION: MT. BOUT­MEZGUIDA, MOROCCO Some res­i­dents of Morocco who live near the Sa­hara used to spend hours ev­ery day re­triev­ing wa­ter by don­key, but a new fog­col­lect­ing sys­tem is chang­ing that. The Aqualo­nis Cloud­fisher’s sturdy fab­ric mounts onto frames and can re­sist 74-mile-per-hour winds while col­lect­ing mois­ture from the fre­quent moun­tain mist. This drips into a 16-mile pipe­line, then flows di­rectly into taps in more than 70 homes. Though peo­ple have erected sim­i­lar sys­tems in South Amer­ica, Aqualo­nis claims Cloud­fisher is the first to with­stand stronger gusts. In­no­va­tive drink­ing­wa­ter so­lu­tions will gain im­por­tance as cli­mate change al­ters rain pat­terns across the globe.

Mois­tur ac­cu­mates on durable mesh­wrapped frames.

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