Watergen of Israel and Tata Projects have entered into a memorandum of understanding to take up projects to work towards extracting drinking water from the atmosphere.

The MoU, coinciding with the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is aimed at deepening business ties and work towards providing safe, clean and cost-effective drinking water.

Watergen units It seeks to create a mutual entity in India, to manage local operations and manufacture Watergen units in India, as well as the deployment of a distributed water grid chain across the country.

During the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad in November 2017, Watergen’s President and majority shareholder, Michael Mirilashvili, presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi a detailed plan on mitigating India’s water woes in four-five years.

Watergen’s technology provides energy-efficient, clean “drinking water from the air” solution with different models. While AWG (atmospheric water generators) can serve clean drinking water, with no other additional infrastructure, in villages and cities of India, the large-scale AWG unit produces up to 6,000 litres of water from the air every day.

The medium-scale AWG unit produces up to 600 litres of water daily.

Optimism Michael Mirilashvili said in a statement, “Together, Watergen and Tata Projects can now provide clean and safe drinking water from the air, immediately and permanently.” The various applications of Watergen units include use in both public and private sectors – schools, hospitals, universities, villages and community centres and significantly military applications.

Tenny Cherian, Chief Operating Officer of Tata Projects (Quality Service & Water Division), said, “As part of our Water Business Unit, which is run as a Social Business initiative, we look forward to working with various government, public, private, NGO sector partners to deploy these water units across India, with initial focus being on rural India.”

“We believe this will help reduce water stress and scarcity, while ensuring quality and availability of safe drinking water for India,” he said.

Pilot programme A pilot programme is planned to utilise the mid-size GEN-350G unit. Last year, Watergen instituted a GEN-350G pilot in New Delhi’s Connaught Place, where nearly 2,000 people received drinking water from the air every day.

Producing water from the air also has wide-ranging sustainability and environmental benefits, by reducing need for plastic water bottles and the associated reduction in plastic waste.