Warka Water is an easy and inexpensive way to provide water to rural communities in Ethiopia. The inventors need your support to test it in the field, so they can eventually start large-scale production.

Water is a key resource for life. But in some countries, obtaining fresh water is no easy task, especially in rural areas in Ethiopia. Because of the lack of infrastructure, building a well can be difficult and expensive. Architecture and Vision is working to change that with their Warka Water tower (shown in the illustration above.)

On their Kickstarter page, Architecture and Vision describes Warka Water as a “vertical structure designed to harvest potable water from the atmosphere.” By collecting water from rain, fog and dew, Architecture and Vision estimates that the tower can to collect up to 26.4 gallons of drinking water every day. Wired magazine points out “that’s less than most people flush away each day, but a significant quantity in a country where some 60 million people lack sufficient potable water.”

“Since we embarked on this journey three years ago, we have acquired a wide range of experience and know-how by constructing and testing several Warka Water prototypes,” Arturo Vittori, the director of Architecture and Vision, says on a video on their Kickstarter page.

Their next step is on-site testing. Architecture and Vision plans to build a pilot Warka Water tower in Ethiopia this year. Two other towers will be tested in 2016. And that’s where you come in. Wired magazine says that Architecture and Vision is turning to Kickstarter “to fund field testing in Ethiopia later this year.” Their goal is to reach $100,000. As of today, they’ve raised $20,299 with 29 days to go.

After the test period, Architecture and Vision says Warka Water will be ready for large-scale production and distribution. 

Learn more about Warka Water at its Kickstarter page.

Top photo caption: An artistic illustration of a Warka Water tower. (Courtesy of  Architecture and Vision)