People in Puerto Rico wash their laundry in a stream. The island is still waiting for its water grids to be fixed. People in Puerto Rico wash their laundry in a stream. The island is still waiting for its water grids to be fixed. People in Puerto Rico wash their laundry in a stream. The island is still waiting for its water grids to be fixed. (Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

How a strange machine is creating water out of thin air for hurricane victims

Most Puerto Ricans don't have clean drinking water, but this invention could help.

As you probably know, Puerto Rico is still reeling from Hurricane Maria. Inhabitants of the island are still struggling to meet their basic needs, including coming up with enough drinking water, a terrifying situation if I've ever heard one. A couple days ago, 55 percent of Puerto Ricans didn't have access to clean drinking water, partially because shipping drinking water from the mainland to the island is expensive and difficult.

Luckily, a strange new device may soon help. Israel is sending an odd machine to Puerto Rico that can create water out of thin air. Water-Gen, an Israeli company, invented a device that draws in air and creates condensation, thus replenishing drinking water.

Americans have already started using the device; Water-Gen coincidentally started a pilot program for the machine in Miami Gardens, Florida.

“As representatives responsible for the quality of life and safety of our communities, preparedness and readiness to counter crises is mandatory,” Oliver Gilbert, the mayor of Miami Gardens, said a few months ago. “Water-Gen’s pilot will enable us to measure its use for clean drinking water if needed for hurricane relief and any other emergency water situation that may arise.” Gilbert probably didn't realize just how soon his words would ring true.

Israel is currently making the arrangements to ship one of these machines from Florida to Puerto Rico. It can make about 5,000 gallons of water per day; that's enough for around 80,000 people.

Puerto Ricans are already dealing with enough devastation. Hopefully, this machine will given some of them one less thing to worry about.

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