Atmospheric water generation technology company Aqua Air Africa has unveiled its new atmospheric water generating plant in Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria.
The plant, which is aimed at tackling the critical scarcity of potable water in South Africa, produces 10 000 l/d of clean potable water from air daily, with plans to increase this to 100 000 l/d.
A subsidiary of Moipone Group Investments, Aqua Air Africa aims to deliver a sustainable water technology solution to help address South Africa’s looming water shortages.
“The water-generating technology commissioned by Aqua Air Africa uses industrial- and municipal-scale water-generating units to extract humidity from the air and collect it in raw water storage tanks,” explains CEO Keamogetswe Matsho.
The water enters a multi-filtration system to remove impurities and particles, following which it is processed through an ultraviolet sterilisation system and ozonation to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms.
“The result of this process is chemical-free purified water with all natural minerals,” he says.
“Environmental realities, such as rising temperatures and scarce rainfall, are having a severe impact on the availability of drinkable water, as is a lack of investment in water infrastructure and maintenance,” Matsho says.
Aqua Air Africa aims to partner with government and nongovernmental organisations to provide drought- and disaster-stricken areas and vulnerable people with safe, mineral-rich potable water that is easily accessible.
“Key to the company’s success is the partnership with the community of Ga-Rankuwa, where the company has created much-needed jobs and continues to use the services of local small, medium-sized and microenterprises,” he concludes.