In view of multiple regions that are sliding into water shortages, and, from a "preppers-viewpoint", the prospect of water sources contaminated by chemical or nuclear fallout or even just human waste , it is not hard to see that the water supply to a community is going to be a major challenge.
Now, there might be a technical way to at least reduce the dependency on ground based sources like lakes or rivers or subterran aquefiers.
Today, while lazily surfing the interwebs at work, I stumbled over this:
The WMS1000 Wind Turbine, that condenses water out of the air.
Having kicked my senses into gear, I started to look a bit harder and start my google-fu. Several interesting articles came up:The WMS1000 Wind Turbine
For nearly 15 years, Eole Water team has been working on the development of the WMS1000 wind turbine. This technology has been designed around three major principles:
To offer a sustainable access to safe drinking water
Unlike wells or boreholes, water is always present in the air. The constraint has been to design a reliable technology able to create and collect the water. Thanks to its technical expertise and its high quality components, the WMS1000 wind turbine allows people living in remote areas to benefit from access to safe water for a period of twenty years. The device is capable of producing up to 1,200 liters of water a day.
To operating in completely autonomy
The WMS1000 Wind Turbine has been designed to produce water without any external power source. Wind is the only energy used. With an installed capacity of 30kW and using air as a source of water, the WMS1000 Wind Turbine is perfectly adapted to supplying remote areas completely devoid of any existing infrastructure.
To preserve the environment
Eole Water wanted to offer an innovative technology in line with present-day sustainable development requirements. Wind power is the only source of energy needed to run the water production turbines. No CO2 is released, not groundwater or surface water is pumped. The environmental impact is practically nil.
ABC News tech blog
And a nice little video:
I'm looking forward to hopefully see a downsized and (for me) affordable version of this. I always liked the idea of "Airwells / Condensers" and this is basically a Hi-tech-improved version of this concept. And about 1000 litres of water per day in the desert is indeed a lot.