DALLAS, Texas – Families concerned about their water supply in an emergency can now purchase groundbreaking technology that will create gallons of pure drinking water from thin air.
SunToWater Technologies, a California-based company with operations in Texas, is beginning to accept priority reservations for its solar-powered water generator, which can make water from air anywhere in the world, even in extremely dry climates and polluted air.
“Just as solar panels can get homes off the power grid, Water Generators can get homes off the water grid,” said Benjamin Blumenthal, co-founder and CEO of SunToWater.
The product offers a true paradigm shift for any family trying to live off grid or preparing for massive disruptions to the current American way of life.
Though the initial price seems to be out of reach to most preppers, said Jim Cobb, the author of two top-selling prepper books, “Prepper’s Home Defense” and “Prepper’s Armed Defense,” the savings over time and freedom from the grid may make it worthwhile.
“The SunToWater Water Generator has my attention,” said Cobb. “I could certainly see the possibilities for those with the prepper mindset.”
On the surface, the early-adopter cost for this new technology is pricey at $9,000. But for many, it is a good deal.
According to the SunToWater website and initial press coverage, families that buy large amounts of bottled water will save money.
With each residential unit producing an average of 70 gallons of water each day, and 25,550 gallons a year, it means the product is producing drinkable water at $.08 to $.12 a gallon. One newspaper did the math and concluded that the unit’s water is pricier than municipal water, but much cheaper than bottled water – 8 cents per gallon, compared with $1 to $3 for bottled water.
“The water generators have been designed to be able to provide, in the event of an emergency, enough water for a family of five and two pets for more than 10 years,” said Blumenthal. “Each water generator can operate entirely off the power grid using solar panels, can produce clean drinking water from highly polluted air, and can operate in extremely dry environments including deserts. We recognize that storing bottled water long term is problematic and if left in the sun can actually toxify the water. The water generator is a viable and cost effective solution for emergency water supply.”
According to the World Economic Forum, more than one billion people lack access to clean drinking water, which leads to chronic illness, crop loss, hunger, and poverty.
In 2015, it named the water crisis as the number one global risk, outranking infectious diseases, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism.
A 2016 Gallup Poll revealed that 61 percent of Americans express “a great deal” of concern about polluted drinking water and 56 percent are greatly concerned about the pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
And while many people and companies are focused on desalination, Blumenthal told Fast Company magazine that desalination makes sense for communities near the ocean, but not for inland regions.
“If you want to move desalinated water inland, you either need to build a billion-dollar pipe infrastructure…to move a small amount of water,” he said. Taking water from air, on the other hand, can happen anywhere.
The technology was created by SunToWater’s manufacturing partner Flex, one of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world and formerly known as Flextronics.
The company will offer generators for both residential and commercial markets:
- The Residential Water Generator that can make 40-100 gallons of fresh drinking water per day, which is enough emergency water for a family of four for 10 years or enough water for partial or complete gardens and every day household use.
- The Commercial Water Generator is capable of producing up to 4,000 gallons per day, supporting for example, rural communities with limited or complete lack of a municipal water supply, as well as manufacturing, and agriculture.
Water Generators are modular, fully scalable and can be stacked or connected side-by-side to increase water production.
“Our best-of-breed innovation and green practices provide consumers and businesses with a solution to protect against rising water prices, increasing water scarcity that threatens local supply (e.g. California, Texas), and growing water contamination disasters (e.g. Flint, Mich.) that threaten human resources and opportunities for corporate growth and expansion,” Blumenthal added. “Of course, an independent water supply also mitigates risks associated with possible terror attacks and acts of war.”
SunToWater’s patented method of generating water uses a three-stage process to create the drinking water. The process begins with a unit that is about the size of an air conditioner, positioned outside of a building or on its roof.
Once activated, small, efficient fans blow air over a natural salt-based element that absorbs water molecules from the air. Solar heat then bakes the liquid out of the salt, and the humid air is then condensed and collected into a storage tank and remineralized and exposed to ultraviolet light to eliminate any bacteria. The result is clean, fresh water that is certified for consumption by the World Health Organization.
Unlike other refrigerant-based products, SunToWater’s Water Generators operate in extremely arid or desert environments (i.e. Sahara Desert, central Africa) or high polluted conditions (i.e. Shanghai, Beijing, Mexico City), which carries significant value for corporate and military applications (i.e. troop replenishment, embassy security, base installation resource management, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, etc.).
“We are fortunate to have a team of world class engineers who developed this technology with power efficiency, water quality, high-volume output, low maintenance, high dependability, and low cost, high-volume manufacturing in mind. The unit is designed for a 10-year life and comes with a strong manufacturer’s warranty,” Blumenthal added.
The Water Generator technology has already secured 13 patents and uses 70 percent less power than traditional refrigerant-based equipment. Residential units will retail for $9,000 and is expected to produce water for over a 10-year period.
“For home and business owners that are worried about the availability and quality of their water, this new home appliance offers a real and cost-effective solution. And best of all, the process is totally natural and comes from the 12.9 trillion tons of water that exists in the atmosphere,” said Blumenthal.
SunToWater’s technology won First Place in the 2015 Impact Challenge run by Singularity University. The competition brought dozens of companies from around the world to present best-of-breed solutions for the California water crisis, and SunToWater
The company is not entertaining affiliate programs, but is looking for dealers to begin selling the product in 2017.