Zero Mass Water and Conservation International have teamed up to transform the Colombian community of Bahía Hondita with the installation of a 149 hydropanel factory to generate water extracted from the air using solar energy.
The new hydropanels will be installed in two different places in the village to provide the water that the inhabitants need badly. The panels have been specially designed to meet the needs of the community, each month producing 22,000 liters of pure and renewable water. SOURCE hydropanels use only sunlight to produce clean drinking water from the air, harnessing technology and material science to achieve what would otherwise be considered magical.
Water scarcity is a growing concern around the world and is becoming increasingly difficult for geographically remote communities. Every human being deserves to have access to safe drinking water and this alliance with Conservation International has supported Bahía Hondita’s efforts to ensure safe water for their community, providing people with a solution to a long-lasting problem they face. .
Cody Friesen, CEO of Zero Mass Water.
The world’s water scarcity affects those with the fewest resources. Zero Mass Water CEO Cody Friesen generously funded this project with funds he received from his Lemelson-MIT Award grant, setting a high bar for philanthropic use of funds. It doesn’t end there either. “We look forward to continuing this work for the many isolated communities facing water stress in Colombia.Said Friesen.
The project was made possible with the support of Conservation International and provides a An invaluable and constant supply of fresh water for a community that has only experienced water challenges. The region’s arid climate, combined with its remoteness, means that there is no water infrastructure that can practically serve the region. The lack of roads means trucked water is not an option, relegating residents to drinking unsafe water from a local well.
the Zero Mass Water’s new sustainable freshwater field offers invaluable peace of mind to residents who, for the first time in their lives, will be able to focus on other things. Projects like economic development, education and even conservation can now be reasonably envisioned with the new water supply.
While the community of Bahía Hondita could not be more geographically isolated from the amenities of modern infrastructure, it is far from alone when it comes to water shortages. In too many places around the world, indigenous communities suffer from lack of water and / or electricity.