Israeli technology helps Sierra Leone schoolchildren drink clean water from air

Schoolchildren in Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown line up for clear water on campus, supplied by an atmospheric water generator known as the “GEN-350.” Credit: Drusso/Shtevi Photography.


(JNS) — The St. Joseph’s girls’ school in Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown has received Israeli technology that produces fresh, safe-drinking water out of air.

The technology, which comes in the form of an atmospheric water generator known as the “GEN-350,” offers the schoolchildren a source of clean water that can produce up to 900 liters of water per day.

Water pollution is one of the leading causes of death in the West African country, which has an average life expectancy of 56 years, one of the lowest in the world. Approximately half of the population has no access to clean drinking water, and a little less than three-quarters of urban dwellers have a safe water supply available for use.

Sierra Leone’s water sources, which primarily consist of ponds, unprotected wells and freestanding water, have been contaminated by mining and chemicals used in the agricultural industry. Water-borne infections and parasites have increased the probability of Sierra Leoneans contracting diseases such as typhoid fever and Hepatitis A.

The GEN-350, which offers the school a supply of fresh water on site, is a technological innovation of the Israel-based company Watergen, led by its president, Dr. Michael Mirilashvili. It was purchased from Watergen USA by the local company, SL Watergen.

With a weight of just 800 kilograms, the GEN-350 is easily transportable and can be installed easily. The GEN-350 units are provided with an internal water-treatment system and need no infrastructure except a source of electricity in order to operate.

“Watergen is currently operating in many African countries,” said president of Watergen USA, Yehuda Kaploun, “and even more announcements about other countries in Africa using our machines and technology will be forthcoming.”

Watergen’s efforts to make fresh, pure water available around the globe earned the company its place on the World Economic Forum’s list of the world’s top technology pioneers in 2018.