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.