These fog nets in the Atacama Desert, Peru, also known as the driest place on earth, capture clean water for drinking and growing sustainable food. (via @techthatmatters)
The project by @creating_water, a Dutch non-profit, uses 60 fog-catchers to provide almost 500 families access to 10,000 liters of safe drinking water, which is also used for local fog-farms to grow organic food locally.
The fog-catchers are made from polypropylene nets that collect tiny water droplets from the fog. The nets are ideal for dry coastal areas with high amounts of fogs, which carry large quantities of fresh water in the air.
The nets are placed on top of high hills for optimal results. The storage tanks are placed in strategic locations in the valley and use gravity to transport the collected water.
Once fogs form in the area, they move through the nets and tiny droplets of water come together to form droplets heavy enough to move down the nets. The collected water is then stored in tanks to provide clean drinking water for the locals and to produce food sustainably.
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