Drinking Water Billboard Creates Water from Air

Published on February 25th, 2013 | by Heather Carr


Billboard Creates Water from Air

Billboard Creates Water from Air

An ad agency and a university teamed up to build a billboard that pulls water from the air.

Peru’s capitol, Lima, is situated in a desert. The city receives less than one inch of rain each year. On the positive side, the humidity is nearly always around 98 percent. With all that water hanging around, it was only a matter of time before somebody began harvesting it.

The University of Engineering and Technology joined with ad agency Mayo Publicidad to create a billboard that pulls water from the humidity in the air. Because the air around Lima is polluted (as it is with all major cities), the air first moves through an air filter before the water is condensed from it. The water is then purified for drinking.

The billboard can create up to 96 liters (25 gallons) each day. Locals can collect water from a faucet at the bottom of the billboard.

The video below explains the process in Spanish.

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Heather Carr loves food, politics, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. She counts Jacques Pepin and Speed Racer among her inspirations. You can find her on Facebook or Google+.

3 Responses to Billboard Creates Water from Air

  1. This is one of many exciting drinking-water-from-air initiatives over the years. Readers interested in learning more about water-from-air technologies are encouraged to visit the Atmoswater Research website which provides access to lots of scientific/technical information about the topic.

  2. Very interesting. We discuss water conservation and more at our blog, where we deal with using greywater to cut down on waste. Go Green, Go Grey

  3. ronald kuijpers says:

    NO, the video does not explain the process in Spanish at all.

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