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Why try to get water out of thin air?

As odd as it might sound to some of you, getting water out of thin air isn’t a crazy concept.

Everything that lives gets its water from the atmosphere, some through precipitation and some directly from the air. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the air in our atmosphere contains a varying amount of water vapor, depending on the weather.

When it’s hot and humid, evaporated water can make up as much as 6 percent of the air we breathe. Therefore, naturally more humidity equals more water. Pretty neat, right? On cold, dry days however, it can be as low as .07 percent of the air’s makeup. Yes, we know. It’s a concern many of you have for cold weather environments and it’s taken into account when designing and manufacturing the WaterSeer.

More on that later.

So, how much water can you get out of the atmosphere? Climatologists estimate that there are nearly 3100 cubic miles of fresh water in the atmosphere in vapor and droplet forms. That's equivalent to all that water that flows over Niagara Falls during a 230-year span. Have you seen Niagara Falls? That’s pretty impressive. If you poured a cubic mile of water into Manhattan, only buildings taller than 20 stories would break the surface. That’s a lot of water and the atmosphere has more than 3000 times that!

Believe or not, in deserts without surface water plants, animals depend on atmospheric water to survive. Atmospheric water is like a bottomless well of fresh water. It can be found naturally anywhere on the planet where water is in vapor or liquid form. So what happens if the environment is too cold for the WaterSeer to work? This may seem impossible, but it’s something we haven’t ruled out.

Water condenses out of the air as a liquid at all temperatures below the boiling point and above the freezing point. This covers most climate conditions, however, below freezing point, atmospheric water vapor appears as frost. In order to overcome this limitation, our engineers are developing a cold weather performance kit for the WaterSeer. The purpose of the cold weather performance kit will be to warm the air, thereby increasing the water vapor density before it enters the condensation chamber so that it can be collected as a liquid.

I bet the next question on your mind is, when will we see this cold weather performance kit? Well, it’s something we aim to offer next year.    

Unfortunately, clean, fresh, unpolluted liquid water is running out, the planet is warming and the population is growing. Everyone wants a solution, and we want to do our part in ending water scarcity. That’s where atmospheric water comes into play.

There’s water around us all the time, we just can’t see it. And that’s the beauty of WaterSeer. It taps into that endless supply of fresh clean water and makes the invisible visible. 

What makes WaterSeer different from other attempts?

I know what you’re thinking. There’s been other attempts? While the basic concept of WaterSeer is nothing new, it is far from being close to any other attempt made before. The Incas sustained their culture above the rain line by collecting dew and channeling it into cisterns for later distribution.

Fascinating, right?

Since then, there have been more modern attempts, but they have been damaging to the environment, often require costly distribution systems, and significant maintenance. WaterSeer, on the other hand, is taking a different approach and learning the lessons of those previous efforts. More importantly, WaterSeer is not one size fits all and that’s the beauty of it.

Let’s begin.

WaterSeer is sustainable. Unlike large centralized water treatment systems, or desalinization projects which are very expensive to build, maintain, and operate, WaterSeer is a simple, easy to use, family-scale solution.  Due to that simplicity and scale, WaterSeer has a carbon footprint that is on average only 1% of the carbon footprint of other water systems.  In fact, when used for agricultural and gardening purposes, it is effectively carbon negative thanks to photosynthesis.    

WaterSeer can be flexible to your needs. Yes, you heard that right. It can produce water in your backyard, a garden, farm, a park, even a village! This gives the WaterSeer user independence from municipal water system costs and rationing as well as providing an assured source of water in emergency situations, such as earthquakes, floods, or mechanical breakdowns. The simplest design has no moving parts, and no energy requirements. The WaterSeer basic module can be tailored to satisfy the requirements of demanding climates by adding performance enhancing modules, such as solid state coolers, hydrostatic controls, solar power generators, or alternative power sources.

It gets better.

WaterSeer uses technology from many different scientific and industrial areas and combines them in a way to get the best possible result. Because of its modular approach, it can be continuously improved as technology and designs improve. It is an air water generation system, not just a tool or appliance, and will always be on the cutting edge of the best technology.

WaterSeer can be mobile! The basic WaterSeer design is light (about 50lbs) and easy to carry, clean, and move to new locations when required to improve yield, convenience or usefulness.

And it can be scalable, too. By connecting the collection reservoirs of individual WaterSeers and draining them into a cistern, water can be collected for large scale demands or for emergencies. This simple and flexible approach, known as a WaterSeer ‘orchard’, is adaptable to a wide variety of terrain and environments, while maintaining reliability, sustainability and durability.

Besides all this interesting scientific talk, WaterSeer is beautiful in form and function. It will not disfigure the landscape or the environment. It’s designed to be included as an architectural feature of urban parks, walkways, public spaces, and incorporated into fountains, irrigation systems, and recreational spaces.

The WaterSeer design has come a long way since our crowdfunding raise ended in November 2016. Since then, it has advanced from original concept to a beautifully designed 3D model. Most importantly, our business model is uniquely philanthropic from any other water generation solution.

We intend to make fresh, clean water abundantly available to all by funding our worldwide distribution through a buy one, donate one program. For every WaterSeer purchased, one will be donated to a non-governmental organization (basically, a non-profit) and water advocacy organization around the world. WaterSeer is here to assure no one needs to suffer from lack of clean, fresh drinking water.

I’d say that’s pretty cool.