Harvesting Water From Fog!

Categories: Rainwater Harvesting, Green

Harvesting fresh water from fog is now 500% more efficient.

Could water within fog be harvested and turned into drinking water? A team of scientists thought that was an interesting idea…  

Harvesting fog could help provide drinking water to some of the driest regions on Earth.  In the Moroccan desert, for example, black nets collect over 15 gallons of water per square yard of netting every 24 hours.

The nets pull water out of the fog that drives up into the desert from the Atlantic Ocean nearby.

Watch this video to see how the fog capture system is working 500% better thanks to new technology.

Sharing Water With Desert Life

“There are few places where life is so harsh,” Pablo Neruda wrote, describing his native Chile’s Atacama Desert. ” It takes unfold sacrifices to transport water there, to nurse a plant that yields even the humblest flower, to raise a dog, a rabbit, a pig.” 

Collecting water from fog can be a great idea. However, if this water is being collected that would normally go to the deserts then how much of an environmental impact could this have on such a fragile system?

There are regions on Earth where the whole ecosystem depends on fog for survival, especially coastal desert areas. Plant life and animals depend on this very small amount of water to survive.

Watch how desert plants and animals take advantage of early morning fog to gather water between rains.

The Impact On Nature Is Being Studied

The environmental impact of this new technology is being studied before long term application.

This is ingenuity, but science is wanting to better understand the affects before implementing global fog capture stations.  It is important that ecosystems remain healthy where the fog screens are erected.

Every plant, tree and animal is important.   If we humans are going to pursue our ingenuity, it is best we include a proper understanding of how we affect Earth.

by Hashem Al-Ghaili / via Facebook

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