Throughout Africa, people struggle to find water. According to an article written by Tuan C. Nguyen, water scarcity affects nearly 1 billion people in Africa, and its inhabitants are estimated to spend approximately 40 billion hours a year searching for it. When found; however, the water is often “teeming with infectious bacteria, contaminated with animal waste or other harmful substances.”
Although there are numerous philanthropic organizations trying to help address these water shortages and provide clean drinking water, most technologies brought to the region are either too complex for local repairmen, or too expensive for the required maintenance upkeep.
Fortunately, industrial designer Arturo Vittori and his colleague Andreas Vogler have invented a new, inexpensive, and easily-assembled structure called Warka Water.
The outer housing of the structure is made out of elastic juncus stalks that provide the necessary strength the Warka Water tower needs to remain in place against harsh winds.
Inside the structure is a mesh net of nylon that helps droplets of dew form along its surface through condensation. The dew is then collected as it drips down and falls into an open container located at the bottom of the tower.
The Warka Water tower can collect more than 25 gallons of water throughout the day. Currently, the tower costs $500 (far below most existing alternatives) and once massed produced will be even cheaper.