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Could Harvesting Water From the Air Be a Sustainable Option for Businesses? 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM by Leon Kaye
For businesses looking to make their businesses leaner and greener, taking a look at the drinking water they provide for their employees is one place to start. The average full-time employee drinks about 2.5 gallons of water per month at the office — and that does not include the water used to make coffee or other hot drinks. Clearly a business looking to be more sustainable is going to ditch bottled water because of the heaps of plastic involved. Tap water is the cheapest option, but the filtration systems often have their own costs and waste issues. Now a southern California startup, Skywell, is pitching atmospheric water-generator systems, which extract water out of the air with its advanced water generators.
This technology has been around for centuries, and in concept even dates back to the Incas. More modern versions, however, never caught on in the wider marketplace for two reasons. First, the amount of energy needed to extract the water out of the air was too cost-prohibitive for most homes and businesses. In addition, previous systems were often too noisy and operated in a one-size-fits-all approach, and therefore could never be adjusted to account for local variances in humidity and climates. Now Skywell says it offers a cost-effective option companies should consider, especially when evaluating the increasing costs of municipal water and worries over local water supplies. So is harvesting water literally out of thin air a viable option?
It is, according to Ron Dorfman, Skywell’s CEO and co-founder.
“We’re getting a lot of positive feedback from companies who have already installed our systems, and more companies are taking a look at us as they seek alternatives to bottled water while having concerns over their local municipal water supplies,” said Dorfman during an interview with Sustainable Brands.