Tunisia is currently facing a crippling water crisis, caused by the combination of meager water resources and climate change. According to the World Bank, 21% of Tunisians, especially those in the rural regions of the country, did not have access to safely managed drinking water in 2020.
Kumulus, a Tunisian startup, invented a machine intended to transform air into potable water. The machine is an Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG) that can generate from 20 to 30 litres of water per day. It functions on solar energy and humidity only, making it fully independent, sustainable, and efficient.
"The concept is inspired by the phenomenon of morning dew", said Iheb Triki, Kumulus co-founder. The generator, Kumulus-1, filters the air from pollutants and cools it down, resulting in fresh drinking water.
The first Kumulus-1 machine was placed in an elementary school in El Bayadha, a remote town near the Algerian border. Hasan Aboudi, the school principal, said that this region lacks proper access to drinking water and that the invention can be the ultimate solution to this menacing issue.
However, Triki says that the startup needs to obtain the government’s approval for using Kumulus-1.
Yet, Triki says that the startup is hoping to use this invention worldwide. With growing water scarcity in many countries, Kumulus-1 can be considered an environmental and humanitarian revolution.
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