Green Water

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If you're up on your environmental news, you already know water is a big issue. We're not only running out of clean tap water, we're spending billions of dollars and polluting the environment as we haul bottled water all over the country (much of which comes from municipal water supplies). Drought is such an issue here in California, desalinization plants are starting to pop up in the Pacific, but they're controversial too because of the negative effects on our fragile aquatic ecosystems. It's only a matter of years before water is more prized than oil.

So what's the answer? How to avoid water wars in the near future and how to quench our thirst for clean drinking water in an increasingly toxic environment? One answer might be the new technology behind DewPointe Atmospheric Water Generator. Made by Atmospheric Water Systems, the DewPoint device, which looks like a sleek, futuristic water cooler, extracts water from the air, filters it, and keeps about six gallons, hot and/or cold, in storage as long as the unit is plugged in. Maybe best of all, the water is 99.99% free of all chemicals and contaminants and the device only costs about $0.60 per day to keep plugged in, much like your fridge.
So how does it work? Well, without getting too technical, the DewPointe makes indoor rain, condensing and collecting the moisture much like a dehumidifier might. But unlike a dehumidifier, the water collected is filtered many different ways (including pre- and post-carbon filtered and ultra-violet-ly). According to Atmospheric Water Systems, there are 3.1 quadrillion gallons of water in the atmosphere for the taking at any given time—a big number that might produce big-time relief in the future. Anyone already have the DewPoint or another, similar device? Let us know what you think.

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October 9, 2008 - 3:24am
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