This post is about an amazing design and feat of engineering. Engineers from Peru’s University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Lima, Peru needed to garner attention because they were about to open applications for the 2013 school year.
In order to gain this positive publicity they decided to create a design that would give back and catch people’s attention. Lima, and its surrounding villages, are located in the coastal deserts of Peru where many residents suffer from the lack of potable water. The average yearly rainfall in these areas is .51 inches, but the atmospheric humidity is about 98%. With this in mind, UTEC designed and built the first water producing billboard. Unique technology, sandwiched between the two boards of the billboard, captures the air humidity, and through reverse osmosis, turns it into drinking water.
In a three month period, the billboard has already created around 2,496.42 gallons of drinking water. This amount equals the consumption of hundreds of families per month.
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Miracles of Engineering in Peru: Drinking Water Out of a Billboard