Water From The Air for the Wayuu of Colombia

Our Partners in Colombia, South America; the Latin American Development Bank (CAF, the Portuguese acronym for Corporação Andina de Fomento), Fundacion Caminos de Identidad (FUCAI), Fantasia Del Agua, and The Earth Council Alliance have been working with us in the nascent planning to solve one of the most complex problems affecting the Wayuu native Colombian community in La Guajira, Colombia a worsening water crisis. 

CAF, now considered a benchmark in Latin American development issues for the rest of the world, currently has 18-member countries from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe along with 14 private banks, and it is considered one of the main sources of multilateral financing and an important generator of knowledge for the region.

FUCAI, a Colombian NGO that works extensively with the indigenous Wayuu in La Guajira Department on social, economic and environmental training and capacity building.

Fantasia Del Agua, is a Medellín, Colombia based Company, and since 2011 has had the focus of applying technology to water use on projects, services and products mainly defined for architectural, social, entertainment and industrial purposes.

The Earth Council Alliance, supporting pragmatic, results oriented agendas worldwide and matching people, partners and resources to support local, regional and national initiatives. 

Our project is to provide the indigenous Wayúu communities of La Guajira Department with WaterSeer devices which will provide an abundant, simple, sustainable, scalable solution - create clean fresh water from the air. With clean water abundance, the Wayuu have control of their own water destiny and the opportunity to enrich their lives as they will no longer spend hours walking for water which, today, relegates them to a severe, and cyclical poverty.

The nearly 4,000 square miles of La Guajira Department is a hot, arid, yet humid environment that receives less than 12 inches of water a year. The severe lack of water for drinking and agriculture condemns Colombia’s largest indigenous population of the more than 150,000 Wayúu, to severe poverty, water and food insecurity, resulting in malnutrition and shortened life expectancy. According to UN World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, 5% of Wayúu children die in their first year; 7 times the rates in the US and 3 times the rate for the rest of Colombia.

The Wayúu live in communities scattered throughout La Guajira Department in the arid peninsula on Colombia’s northern Caribbean coast bordering Venezuela. The limited available water from boreholes is brackish, highly mineralized, and untreated. As a result, women and small children walk daily for hours through sparse cactus forests to muddy catchments to collect water, often contaminated, for their families and small gardens. Even the smallest child is enlisted to carry water.

The water crisis and resulting problems of La Guajira are significant and getting worse. Exacerbated by the El Niño and climate change, the lack of rainfall has disproportionately affected the already arid northern peninsula. The eight-year drought and the increasing effects of climate change are making an already very difficult condition worse.

WaterSeer’s atmospheric water technology presents a highly cost-effective, modular, scalable, and economically sustainable solution that will provide the Wayúu with a secure and independent water source for drinking and farming, right where they live. The proposed pilot project provides an urgently needed climate resilient water and food security technology solution that the Wayúu will own, manage and control with their resources.

Until now, the Wayúu could not tap their most abundant of resources; bountiful sunlight and high humidity in the form of atmospheric water vapor. Our WaterSeer technology, which use these abundant atmospheric water resources available everywhere in La Guajira, has the potential to transform the arid La Guajira region into a highly replicable model for climate resilient water and food security. The introduction of the WaterSeer technology will enable the Wayúu communities in La Guajira to tap this limitless resource for clean drinking water, first to alleviate the serious humanitarian crisis, and then provide the means to develop climate resilient food security and sustainable agriculture programs.