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Published January 10, 2008 12:14 PM

New Device Turns Air into Drinking Water

All around the world, we're dealing with a severe water shortage. An entire continent, Australia, is so dry that cities have set up "water police" to rat out residents who use their garden hoses a single moment longer than they're meant to. For years, Israel, too, has been dealing with a tremendous drought; the water sources that still exist in the arid country are often so polluted that the water is undrinkable.

Luckily, there's one resource we've still got plenty of: Air.

And thanks to a new company, Houston, Texas-based Aquamaker, that air can now be converted into drinkable water. Much like a dehumidifier, the company's new technology works to capture humidity in the air and convert it into water. The system has filters in place to get rid of any pollutants in the air, ensuring that the resulting liquid is completely safe to drink.

"It's your own well, and it's clean," the CEO of Aquamaker's Israel branch, Eita Markovits, told The Jerusalem Post. "We believe that five to ten years from now, we will be part of how Israel supplies its citizens with water."

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Aquamaker's machines are capable of producing up to 5,000 liters of water at a time, which would be enough to supply an entire village with fresh water, without draining an area's precious natural resources. When used in combination with a solar power generator, they provide an environmentally friendly alternative to bottled water for areas with a limited tap water supply.

Currently, the devices are sold in the US, Australia, Israel, and several other countries, and are available in both commercial and industrial sizes. We may not all need to pick up one of these machines just yet, but it's comforting to know that no matter what disasters global warming throws our way, we'll always have something to drink.

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