“Someone is thirsty and you give him a glass of water, they drink for a day….teach them how to make water they drink for a lifetime”
We’ve all heard this quote used for food (a fish) but it also applies to water. While it takes more capital to make water then to give fishing lessons (we’d rather be giving fishing lessons) it is an appropriate analogy.
Let’s look at some facts. Water is the heaviest and bulkiest commodity that humanitarian aid groups have to deal with, on a daily basis. Red Cross uses 70% of its warehouse space to store water and 70% of its man hours are used to distribute it. It’s a logistical nightmare.
Current SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) is to buy water or ask for donations of water, regardless, ultimately, it is still a purchase for someone. The bottled water companies still make their profit. These shipments have to take place daily until the disaster is stabilized. All this water still has to be shipped into the area preparing for the hurricane while consumers exhaust all of the local resources.
One thousand gallons of water weights over 4 tons (8,000 pounds) not including the packaging and pallets-just the water. This requires an enormous amount of daily resources to manage.
Finally, the waste!!!!! Each container is a single use plastic container. This SOP creates another HUGE environmental mess. Millions of plastic bottles and recycling is the last thing on anyone’s mind.
This is why having AWG (Atmospheric Water Generator) Technology and Electric Generators in storage for Disaster Relief should become part of solution, another tool in FEMA’s first responder’s tool box.
There is a one time delivery of the unit. Not daily.
There is plenty of humidity after the hurricane.
Have established distribution points or areas covered by a FEMA endorsed distribution center.
Require people to have refillable containers to eliminate the waste.
The cost to generate water is far less then then all the associated costs of water that is shipped in. Less cost and less logistical problems-who wouldn’t want to change the current method?
One of our customers recently wrote a letter regarding how our machines helped during Irma. He ran them with his 46kW back-up generator. He lives in horse country and the homeowners association wanted to run their pumps off of his generator. He declined because he did not know how long the power would be out or if he had enough propane to last through the power outage. Now that he has been through it, he now knows he needed only 211 gallons of propane for 9 days. He could have helped, now he knows. Also through his generosity he provided his neighbors with water from his DA machines throughout the hurricane.
What if there was a tax credit or other financial incentive to encourage home owner’s to finance the purchase of an electric generator and a water generator for their property. Ygrene.com will finance them to property owners, but have FEMA offer them incentive to provide water. Have FEMA purchase the water they need right from them so neighbors can go to this location in an emergency to get water. It takes the logistical nightmare right out of water in a disaster.
Let’s consider requiring condo associations to have water generators alongside their electric generators to provide water to the residents. Those residents will not have to worry about drinking water. Depending on the set up, the AWG’s can provide dehumidification of buildings and /or cooling as well.
We have plans to keep the highways clean with corporate sponsorship. What if we have these Sustainability Hot Spots with the same corporate sponsorship and naming rights? Wrap the machine with “Water Manufactured and provided by Publix’s” as an example. Do you think the consumer will remember that as they bring their refillable bottle during a hurricane? Do you think that might have impact? Allow them to put a sign on their property…..FEMA Water Emergency site sponsored by “__________” (fill in the Corporate Sponsor blank- think Publix, etc.). Put the locations on the website. Wouldn’t churches want to be involved? A place their congregation can come to and get water during the hurricane. Plus they get the advantage of the Generators on site. Each community could do a fundraiser to support it. You actually see where your money goes in your community. “Look I donated $25 to have a generator and water maker at my church so my family and community can have water in an emergency.” You can put these Sustainability sites by the shelters to provide for the people? If a boil alert comes to that area the municipality just needs to notify these places to make water for the community.
Let’s stop expecting the Government to protect us during and after natural disasters and stop complaining when they don’t. There’s a reason it costs FEMA $76,000 for each trailer. Seriously, do you want to give them your money to waste? Why not help become part of the solution. Have our lawmaker’s give these incentives to property owner’s to support sustainable sights, then purchase the water from them when it’s needed. There is a public/private partnership that can work to ease the stress during these hurricanes or natural disasters. It just takes a plan and some planning.