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This company figured out how to make water out of thin air

Learn about the new technology that could save the world from a drinking water crisis.

Earth, water, wind and fire are supposed to be separate elements ... until they're not.

A company figured out how to do the impossible: turn air into water. Water-Gen, a company based in Tel Aviv, Israel, manufactures machines that draw in air and create condensation, yielding drinking water. The company is now working to help India and Vietnam make water, both countries currently dealing with water shortages.

“The government of Vietnam greatly esteems the technological developments in Israel, and I hope that the Israeli technology that we supply to Vietnam will significantly help to improve water conditions in the country,” said Mikhael Mirilashvili, Water-Gen's president, in a statement.

“Put simply, [our technology] leverages the same process as a dehumidifier, but instead captures and cleans the moisture,” Water-Gen's CEO, Arye Kohavi, told the Huffington Post. “This ‘plug-and-drink’ technology is fully independent of existing water infrastructure. All we require is an electrical outlet and the humidity found in the air.”

Water-Gen isn't the first company to invent a way to turn air into water. But according to its creators, its method is surprisingly efficient.

“Our technology takes one-fifth of the amount of energy used by other methods – around three liters of water produced for every kilowatt of energy," Kohavi explained. "That makes the water we produce much cheaper, too."

In an age where 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water and droughts are a major concern in places like California and Israel, this new development isn't just cool; it's life-changing. Countries are bending over backwards to come up with new water technology.

“We’ve all seen the numbers about the global water crisis: under conservative estimates, one out of every 10 people in the world lacks access to safe water; one out of every five deaths of children under the age of 5 is the result of a water-related disease,” Kohavi continued. “Global leaders have made it clear that all sectors – government, business and nonprofit – must take significant steps to reduce our carbon footprint while conserving existing resources. Water-Gen’s technology is critical to expanding access to safe, clean and sustainable water supplies.”

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