When Dr. Michael Mirilashvili, CEO of Israeli company Watergen,
which makes quality drinking water from air, heard about Israel’s
peace agreement with the UAE, he knew exactly what he had to do.
Dropping all his other business dealings, Mirilashvili rushed to the arid, dry Emirates and presented them with his simple solution to their critical lack of drinking water: Machines that create water from air.
Watergen spent 11 years perfecting their machines, using a series of filters to purify the air. After the air is sucked in and chilled to extract its humidity, the water that forms is treated and transformed into clean drinking water.
The company has successfully marketed its products to the Navajo Nation Native American community in Arizona, helping them deal with a crippling water shortage caused by heavy coal mining and consecutive droughts.
Watergen has even placed machines in the Gaza strip, which suffers from a critical shortage of drinking water, with only 3% of its water meeting international standards.
Watergen’s GEN-M generators produce up to 211 gallons (800 liters) of purified drinking water per day, depending on climate conditions.
Mirilashvili, a religious Jew of Russian origin, says that “The drinking water crisis is the most important issue of our time, and it is for that reason that Watergen is working tirelessly to realize one goal: to bring drinking water from the air to people everywhere.”
In the UAE this translated into Watergen machines installed all over the country and a landmark agreement with the Al-Dakra group for a water research institute which is affiliated with Tel Aviv University. The institute aims to produce a formula for the tastiest, cleanest and healthiest water available.
Watergen have also laid the cornerstone for a production facility in the UAE which will provide products for other Gulf states and for African countries.
With more than 2 billion people in the world suffering from lack of quality drinking water, Watergen’s formula, which includes solar-powered systems for areas without access to electricity, has immense potential for solving the water shortages in arid zones worldwide.