That’s the goal for Arizona-based Source Global, which has engineered what it calls the world’s first truly renewable drinking water system.
At its core is the company’s prized innovation: patented hydropanels that harness the energy of the sun to draw water vapor from the atmosphere, which works even in the driest climates on the planet, it claims.
In partnership with the one2one USA Foundation, a charitable organization that matches donors with beneficiaries, Source Global will affix hydropanels that supply clean water to 1,000 homes in the counties of Fresno, Monterey, Kern, and Tulare, largely on properties belonging to poor migrant workers.
According to Source Global founder Cody Friesen, it’s why you might put grains of rice in a salt shaker to keep it from clumping-the rice is more hygroscopic, so it “Steals” the water vapor and the salt stays dry.
The nanomaterial used to build the hydropanels does the same thing-it sucks in all the water vapor, and then solar power is used to create an internal climate where water vapor can transpire, much like how morning dew drops form on leaves.
Founded in the mid-2010s, Source Global-formerly named Zero Mass Water-has put itself on the map by installing hydropanels in 52 countries, including a flagship project in Bahia Hondita, Colombia, where its fleet of more than 100 hydropanels supplied renewable drinking water for the indigenous Wayuu tribe, abolishing a six-mile daily journey to haul buckets of water from a local borehole.
According to him, it’s not just a resiliency effort: It could also offset the trillion plastic bottles sold each year, 95% of which take place in emerging markets where clean water sources are not guaranteed.