Ingenious Billboard Doubles Up As Drinking Water Fountain

By Meera Dolasia on February 28, 2013

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A team of brilliant engineering students from Peru's University of Engineering and Technology have transformed a mundane billboard into a water station - A lifesaver for the residents of the desert mega city, Lima.

The brainchild of the creative director of Peru's advertising agency Mayo DraftFCB, the billboard is a brilliant way to 'kill two birds with one stone' - Convince more students to join the school by demonstrating the cool things engineers can do to solve real-life problems and, provide some respite to the residents of Lima, a city that receives less than 0.5 inches of rainfall, annually.

The best part is that the water is not drawn up from some underground reserve but made from 'thin air'- literally. That's because while Lima may not get much precipitation, its atmospheric humidity can get as high as 98%, making it a rich water source if harvested effectively, something the engineers seem to have accomplished rather well.

Five generators fitted inside the billboard capture the moisture from the air and convert it into water with the help of a condenser. A built-in air and carbon filter helps remove any impurities making the water safe to consume. Once ready, the water is transferred to one of the five storage tanks that sit on top of the billboard. When residents want some fresh water, all they have to do, is turn on the tap and the liquid is transported from the storage tanks to their bottles - An unheard of luxury in this desert city. Since the billboard was put up about three months ago, it has dispensed over 9,500 liters of water! Engineers sure are cool!

Resources: phsy.org, inhabitat.com

 

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  • the queen 5/29/2014
    wow this is cool
    • immogen5/13/2014
      This is a really great article I'm glad they are helping the poor people in need that's really sweet and caring.
      • DAYSUNS BOSSS5/12/2014
        Wow das awesomnesss .-.
        • 😇5/10/2014
          that's cool
          • ingan3/27/2014
            wow great
            • original3/27/2014
              wow
              • original2/24/2014
                good article
                • school2/19/2014
                  cool
                  • proplayer626
                    proplayer6261/28/2014
                    They are so nice
                    • jumpper1612/17/2013
                      that is so cool that it gives families water when they need it.

                      Vocabulary

                      atmosphericbrilliantcondensercreativedemonstratingdispensedhumidityimpuritieslimamundaneprecipitationrespite

                      Geography

                      Peru, South America

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