Green Ideas: Get Your Drinking Water From the Air!

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In order to save some money and to just save the environment, what if you could just extract the water that you need to drink from the air? This isn’t a new idea. For anyone who’s had a moist smelling basement, dehumidifiers have been necessary to keep things from getting moldy. The water generated this way isn’t safe to drink, but a San Luis Obispo company has come up with an innovative solution.

Atmospheric Water Systems from San Luis Obispo has just released the DewPointe Atmospheric Generator. It’s a device that will harness the humidity of the ambient air and provide a source of drinking water. Think of these devices replacing water fountains everywhere, from fountains that just give out tap water, to water coolers. In fact, the device is about the same size as a water cooler and also has hot water on demand. This is great when you want to brew some tea quickly. It’s Energy star rated and runs quietly. It’s capable to producing enough drinking water for an entire household, even in the desert.

The device has an MSRP of $2,000, but you can get it for $1,600 here and for that money, anyone can extract water from the atmosphere. The atmospheric generator first filters the air, condenses the water, and filters the water as well. There is no chance that the device leaves any pesticides, heavy metals, toxins, pharmaceuticals and harmful microorganisms in the water it produces. These things can be present in water from different sources, like the water from a polluted river. This means that it’s pretty clean water. The device is similar in function to a dehumidifier and it can actually double as one, but that’s where the similarities end. The condensed water is purified thanks to an elaborate 10-stage filtration system. Initially, the air is even filtrated. Notably, UV lights are used to kill microorganisms.

A great idea would be to hook up this device to some solar panels, then you’d have an instant well and source of great clean water. These devices are currently available, which is pretty neat. We actually love that this device has already been released. In many countries, tap water isn’t drinkable. This makes a lot of sense. [Inhabitat via Crib Candy]