ISABELA, Puerto Rico – The Puerto Rican municipality, Isabela, is the latest to build resilience to extreme drought conditions with SOURCE Hydropanels, which produce drinking water from sunlight and air. This project is the most recent installation of SOURCE Hydropanels in the Caribbean and is part of Zero Mass Water’s commitment to the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator. The initiative, backed by Sir Richard Branson, Inter-American Development Bank leaders, Usain Bolt, and government officials, is aimed at making the Caribbean the world’s first ‘climate-smart’ zone.
The Caribbean faces many challenges that exacerbate the growing water crisis. Residents are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria and now many in Puerto Rico are facing water rationing due to extreme drought. At the same time, 20 Caribbean and Latin American nations have or are in talks to ban single use plastics, making bottled water a scarcity.
To address these various challenges, Zero Mass Water has installed its SOURCE Hydropanels throughout the Caribbean. Uniquely independent of infrastructure, including electricity, the technology makes clean drinking water from only sunlight and air, representing a new solution that is both waste less and reliable.
“A first step in building resilience is having access to clean drinking water after a disaster. The elegance in this solution is that it provides that to the facility while also displacing plastic water bottles that are contributors to our climate challenge,” said Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder. “Zero Mass Water’s delivery of an innovative solution to our most vulnerable is an example to others. It embodies the kind of partnerships most desired by the Accelerator.”
Zero Mass Water’s Caribbean installations include:
- Resilience in the face of drought: As Puerto Rico prepares to stretch its water resources during its ongoing drought, community leaders are seeking out resilient technologies. At The Center of Aging Candido Crispin Jorge in Isabela, a new Hydropanel array was installed to provide up to 600 liters of drinking water per month for residents without extracting the island’s scarce supplies.
- Hurricane Maria Disaster Relief: Local fireman, Gualberto Huertas, sought out SOURCE technology to restore water access for his community in Utuado, Puerto Rico, following Hurricane Maria. Disconnected from the aid delivered to San Juan, SOURCE Hydropanels make up to 750 liters of water per month for the community since they were installed 2017. The Hydropanel array is providing vital access to drinking water today and insulating the community from water crisis stemming from future disasters. Utuado is one of three fire stations in Puerto Rico with SOURCE Hydropanels.
- Sustainable water source for a hospital during a ban on single-use plastic: Facing Jamaica’s ban on single-use plastic, administrators of the University Hospital of the West Indies’ Pediatric Ward sought out SOURCE Hydropanels as a means of providing the high-quality water for its patients and staff, without relying on intermittent access to municipal supplies. It’s 20-Hydropanel array was installed last year and makes up to 3,000 liters of water month, offsetting nearly 1,000,000 single-use plastic bottles in its 15-year lifetime.
“In a world where access to water is an ever-growing crisis, SOURCE Hydropanels represent a water abundant future,” said Cody Friesen, Zero Mass Water CEO. “When communities switch to SOURCE, they protect their water supplies from uncontrollable circumstances like disaster and other climate challenges.”
Zero Mass Water’s SOURCE Hydropanels are available for purchase at zeromasswater.com and have been installed in 20 countries worldwide.
To learn more about the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator, visit caribbeanaccelerator.org.
About Zero Mass Water
Zero Mass Water’s mission is to make drinking water an unlimited resource. SOURCE is a Hydropanel that creates drinking water simply from sunlight and air – made possible by the combination of thermodynamics, materials science and controls technology. Zero Mass Water puts the power of safe, high-quality water production into the hands of every person in nearly every climate and corner of the world. Zero Mass Water is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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