A Bamboo Tower That Produces Up To 25 Gallons of Water In A Day by Capturing Condensation


The need for fresh water has pushed humans into exploring new and innovative techniques. For thousands of years, in regions where water is scarce, sometimes using air wells, people have harvested water from the rain, fog or even dew. In Ethiopia, we can witness an upgrade to the age-old technique. With a slick modern design, the WarkaWater will definitely improve collection of water from the surrounding environment. Standing 30 ft. tall and 13 ft. wide, the bamboo tower was envisioned by Arturo Vittori and his team, Architecture and Vision. How does it work? Well, the mesh netting installed on the structure captures moisture from the air and directs it into hygienic holding tank. Then, you can access the water via a spout. Check out the blueprints and other images involving this modern technique of collecting water!


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The WarkaWater Tower, which is easy and cheap to construct, uses no electricity and has the ability to produce up to 25 gallons of water in a day by capturing condensation and could be the answer to water scarcity in parts of the world that have little to no access to water.

A project developed by Architecture and Vision


60 Responses to “A Bamboo Tower That Produces Up To 25 Gallons of Water In A Day by Capturing Condensation”

  1. T gilbert says:

    Lissette Padilla needs to take the “talk on TV ” class. All that hand waving can be detrimental to your story.

  2. Dan says:

    Would of liked more details of the Actual tower (how it works etc) rather than a presenter waffling for the same of it

  3. Marilyn says:

    I love this idea! Would like info on how I can sponser one.. Maybe some organizions can get together and supply a whole village..

    • Keith Downs says:

      Contact Fr. Andrew Manning of St Mary’s Anglican Church and Chairman of Amanzimtoti conservancy as well as Guy Solomon, a bamboo farmer in Wartburg all on the east Coast of South Africa.

  4. Dilip Kulkarni says:

    What is the minimum humidity and temperature range for this to work effectively?

  5. Lauren says:

    Kindly get in touch regarding your product in South Africa. Thank you

  6. Akshay Patel says:

    Would like to learn in depth detailing of this tower. Also would like to know what should be the amount of humidity in the air to capture this water.

  7. Skipp Metzger says:

    How about a design for a home water collection tower that is not quite so large…..we live very close to the ocean, but would like to have a fresh water collection system in case there is a failure of the electric grid here in the United States…..we are presently on a well system that serves some 140-homes….we would like to have our own private “system” for fresh water….

    Skipp Metzger
    Friday Harbor, Washington

    • Kat says:

      Yes, agree a system to put on your own property would be great. Water rationing is no longer needed, or high water bills that basically never adjust downward. Such a great invention. Would love a kit to building in my own backyard! Also costs for a system?

  8. arijit guha says:

    Pls sent me the details on my mail id

  9. Umesh Kumar Srivastava says:

    Need more details. Installation cost. Any special atmospheric conditions etc.

  10. paul says:

    This will work,but the problem is if you take water from air, climate changes will occur beyond your beliefs. This was tried in Africa a few years ago and they got drought. Can not fool around with mother nature, it usually causes other problems which are far more worse than getting water from air..

    • r says:

      I doubt that humans, particularly on a small scale, can remove enough water from air to create a drought.

    • Ed Marth says:

      Paul, you are as wrong as can be. The towers were never tried before and drought had nothing to do with it. Africa has droughts throughout the continent almost every year. And as for the design, how silly are you that you can’t use the details in the article to build a tower? I’m sitting here with bamboo skewers making a model…the specs are found in the drawing and the materials are readily available. Wind is not a problem either as the structure offers almost no wind resistance and even collapses to change profile. The stupidity of saying that removing fluid from the atmosphere will cause drought is nonsensical. The hydrologic cycle does that exactly…why we have rain and water. Stop the dilettantist posturing and do some work…I am.

      • Jerry says:

        “The stupidity of saying that removing fluid from the atmosphere will cause drought is nonsensical.”

        I’m not saying these extractors shouldn’t be used. They should. However, anyone who communicates so angrily and who is so convinced they understand the subtleties of ecological balance, is clearly unbalanced and dangerous to the planet, not mention the people around them.

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  11. Alok Ranjan Singh says:

    Please send me the detailed design of the tower. I want to demonstrate it and replicate it in India. Is there any program that trains to construct it?

  12. rohit says:

    please let me know the details and the cost , if fabricated locally

  13. Sumati says:

    Wonderful! It’s going to change the world!

  14. PNB RAO says:

    Fantastic and unbelievable. Would like to know more about this project.

  15. Lincoln says:

    Want to know more

  16. Omprakash Sharma says:

    Sir want this to implement in India at latur maharashtra where water scarcity is more. Please help me if some one in India can help me in this. My mobile no is 918511671675.

  17. Amal says:

    Contact please

  18. Orlando says:

    Nice work this is God giving wisdom’ free water for every BODY

  19. Wow says:

    Wow! Amazing! I bet this works great in a dry dessert where there is no water in the air….

  20. Ed says:

    Don’t you pepole think this humidity floating around is important to the planet? Is it not part of the global ecosystem? Now you want to start stealing that. I think it will cause so many problems. Over population is the problem we have as humans on this earth. The earth will fix itself.

  21. Rajan Jayakar says:

    I want to know more about it.



  23. Karan Chandel says:

    Ok send me detailed design so I can use it for domestic purpose, I Live in North India

  24. Paul Cossie says:

    My name Dr Paul Cossie, I am very interested in your product for water supply in rural villages in South Africa and Ghana . Please communicate how we could collaborate on making it a reality to save lives in Africa .

  25. Robert McElmeel says:

    Better to use solar and wind to run well pumps.

  26. Anthony Dodd says:

    Please send me the design as I would very much like to help with conservation of water and sustainability for our farmer’s.

  27. naji says:

    great. thankfully i need more details about it, how to construct it, the required envieronment etc. thanks in advance

  28. saturnino says:

    Is that mesh teh one like the Obamalla netting produced by hortomallas.com? Can you publish more specs on the type of netting? How closed should the meshes be without creating a hazard from wind?

  29. Mikaele Radrodro says:

    My District does not have running Water or rivers & We depend mostly on rain Water or truck carted water. Truck carted Water had been recently SIGHTED by an NGO here in Fiji that water supplied to our District Community is Unhygienic.
    Kindly fwd me the A – Z method of rebuilding this Water Catcher please.

    Thank you.

  30. Richard Singah says:


  31. Cajetan Boy says:

    Could I get more technical details.

  32. Greg says:

    Install gutters on your house and a Raintank

  33. Sunil Kothari says:

    wonderful thanks for Sharing

  34. nilo says:

    i wish to build one in our barangay would you please send me details how it is done.thank you.

  35. AP SINGH says:

    Where can I learn about it’s construction.

  36. Geoff says:

    Up to 25 gallons? So anything between zero and twenty five. Not much of a guarantee.

  37. Karel says:


    This could be an interesting project for the desert dwellers up north. How can we acquire the construction details?


  38. Katja Müller says:

    I like to know what this will cost

  39. Doris Renza says:

    This is so wonderful and uplifting…..where there’s a need, there is a way! Praise God.

  40. Jyothi Rao says:

    Where have these models currently been installed and what is the life span for it?

  41. Bill says:

    The dew point is the air temperature when water vapor is forced out of the air forming water droplets – which is condensation. These drops form on grass as dew or other cool surface. This happens at different temperatures depending on how wet the air is, i.e. the amount of water vapor in the air, the humidity.

    A low dew point temperature means the air is drier. Phoenix Arizona air temp. can be 68 F with a -40 F dew point. Because there is almost no humidity in Arizona the temperature would have to drop to -40 F before what little water vapor existed could be forced to condense out to water drops. Meanwhile in the Midwest with its high summer humidity the dew point ranges from 60-70 F. So when the temperature drops at night to 60 the dew condenses.. The wetter (high humidity) the air, the higher the dew point.

  42. David Creighton says:

    Please let us know some of the details raised in the Comments: operational humidity and temperatures, construction details, maintenance, etc.

    Thank you

  43. Kevin glasgow says:

    That’s an easy one! Depending on how much water youd want, you would use plastic tarps in a low lying 3 sided fold over a high tide intake container for sea water. As the sea water fills it during high tide, the sun goes to work heating the (black) plastic tarp and the standing sea water under it. As it rises it hits the sides and becomes heavy turning into droplets. The drops run back down the underside of the tarp and gather in the 3 corners of the tent like structure before finally falling into 3 collection containers. The containers will have fresh water because salt is too heavy to evaporate, leaving only pure water. You’re welcome.

  44. Suzanne says:

    If anyone has made somthing like this maybe model size it would be great if you filmed the process and could share.

  45. Tim Titsworth says:

    In the area of the towers illustrated, there is a lot of fecal material in the soil and in the air. You can even see a cow being used to plow a field. It’s likely that, that material will be deposited on the tower by the wind. What is to keep the water on the tower hygienic, sanitary?

    I know that the people in the area will be immune to such effects as they have lived with them for years. It may be that the effects are below the level to make them have to boil or otherwise sanitize the water.

    I also, personally, believe that this is a brilliant idea. Simple. Elegant. Workable for many areas such as the American southwest where there are too few wells for the Tribal populations.

    So, again, should you have the time to respond: What is to keep the water on the tower hygienic, sanitary?


  46. Jono says:

    I disagree. For once the speaker wasn’t so boring and robotic that I was able to pay attention and listen to her as she actually seemed to care.

  47. Bong Sarabia says:

    We need this for costal villages of the Philippines nearest the Pacific Ocean. Pls consider our marginalized area for the project and funding such drinking water systems.

  48. Stuart says:

    Good, but far better to use trees: newscientist.com/…/mg19125631-400-catch…/ (Behind a paywall, but the first few paragraphs give you a good gist of it)

  49. Nancy Carr says:

    Check out The Water Rescue Foundation which used atmospheric water generators manufactured in the US and can be used world wide. These produce large quantities of water daily.

  50. Lee says:

    Containers around the drip line of a roof works every where except Colorado which had outlawed interference with rain water.

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