Seattle, Washington – In many African countries, periodic and ongoing water shortages impact a large part of the population. In Africa, up to 40% of the population does not have access to drinking water. While temporary aid such as bottled water can help some African communities, it does nothing to create a lasting break from the problem of unsafe water. Perhaps more relief is on the way for some of Africa’s most water-deprived countries, however, as Rainmaker in the world announced a joint venture with 3D sphere.
Water shortages in Africa
There are many factors at play that impact the lack of safe drinking water in many African countries. Much of the problem stems from the inability to purify water on a large scale. In Kenya, for example, a growing population makes it difficult to meet the demand for water, resulting in around 41% of the population without access to adequate water. Senegal has similar problems, with communities facing intermittent water shortages in recent years. Even when some communities acquire water, civil unrest and the lack of basic sanitation cause constant interruptions in the supply.
Even in some of Africa’s smaller countries, these problems persist. Togo, with a population of just over 7 million inhabitants, still sees a quarter of its population half an hour’s walk to the nearest potable water. A large part of the water supply problems in Africa are the lack of sanitation and wastewater management.
With only 10% of Africa’s wastewater properly recycled, this leaves a large amount of unusable water. Without appropriate funding and practices, there is no possible solution for these communities. Outside aid from organizations and humanitarian efforts can provide large amounts of clean water, but the struggle has been to provide a continuous source.
Rainmaker in the world
Rainmaker Worldwide intends to divert some of its technology and water strategies to Sphere 3D infrastructure projects, with which they are currently merging. This is a start-up that will take place in Togo, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Kenya. The startup will use Rainmaker’s hybrid technologies to circumvent many of the challenges of providing water to African communities in need.
This announcement could mean a solution for many Africans suffering from a poor water supply, as well as a long-term push towards abundant water for the region.
Rainmaker Worldwide and air-water technology
Rainmaker in the world intends to work in close collaboration with humanitarian groups is already working in African countries to provide water to communities that need it most. Rainmaker places particular emphasis on the versatility and easy mobility of its water purification units. With these units, Rainmaker Worldwide is confident that it can provide water to communities of up to 30,000 people without the need to create grid-type factories. Over the past year, Capital Finance International recognized Rainmaker Worldwide as the World’s Best Community Impact on Water, and they intend to continue in this direction.
Much of Rainmaker Worldwide’s strategy to tackle water shortages in African countries revolves around the use of “air-to-water” technologies. Air-water units are powered by solar and wind energy, and they can create large amounts of water in a short time.
The fact that electricity is not required for these units to operate increases accessibility. Depending on the size of the units, Rainmaker says these machines will be able to create up to 20,000 liters of clean water per day. In addition, the problem of creating more potable water can be alleviated by building more units in a given area.
With the acquisition of Rainmaker Worldwide by Sphere 3D currently underway, the organization intends to supply Air-to-Water units in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Togo and Senegal. By using their urban initiative and focusing on the environment and socially supportive solutions, Rainmaker believes they will be able to provide more to communities of people in need.
Their concentration on innovative solutions and their listening to groups already working in these countries could allow a greater impact than in the past. Ensuring that communities have water sources to which they can return on a daily basis provides water security that most of these populations would not have known otherwise. As the organization sets out to provide water to these start-up countries, it is very possible that the number of Africans without clean drinking water will decline over the next few years.
– Matthew McKee