Monday, July 29, 2019

News from Andrew Boryga headlined, “Just add humidity: How this air-to-water machine can quench your thirst”.

Learn more about the South Florida Sun Sentinel reporter at the end of this blog post including his contact information. Now is a very good time to become a subscriber to the Sun Sentinel, for unlimited digital access click on this link.

This latest news from Boryga will have you wondering about the inconceivable, what if the humidity here in South Florida can be turned into a necessity for everyone, an everyday and essential need? On that Boryga asks his readers,

But what if that humidity could serve as a commodity for our current and future water needs in South Florida and beyond? What if clean water could be created . . . right out of thick air?

Below are two excerpts from the Sun Sentinel story about a company called Atmospheric Water Solutions (AWS). Later in this blog post are ways to contact AWS and find out where their products are available locally.

The information about AWS changes the narrative model about drinking water in any number of ways including improving the environment and reducing plastic pollution. One can see how this technology can help eliminate plastic water bottles and on a larger scale bank more clean water underground for future drought conditions.

This technology acts like a dehumidifier and an air cleaner and works optimally at 75° and 40% humidity and a home unit can produce up to five gallons of water per day. AWS says, “It’s time to reimagine water”. Here is a list of FAQs produced by AWS including why water produced from the air is more efficient and healthy than distilled water:

There are many volatile organic compounds found in ground-sourced water used to create distilled water — and many of them have boiling points below that of water (like pesticides or herbicides and a whole lot of other volatile chemical compounds that have names far too difficult to pronounce, much less spell). The point is that when water boils into steam and then re-condenses as distilled water it still contains these dangerous volatiles. And distilled water has a large carbon footprint — it takes a tremendous amount of energy to boil water.

Skeptics of atmospheric water generators may recall the history of air conditioning, once thought to be too expensive and too cumbersome to ever be economical on a large scale. Here are two excerpts from the story in the Sun Sentinel:

Atmospheric Water Solutions or AWS, sits in a very unassuming office park, but since 2012 they have been tinkering with a very remarkable product. They dub it the AquaBoy Pro. Now in its second generation (the AquaBoy Pro II), it is one of the only atmospheric water generators available to the everyday buyer on the market in places such as Target or Home Depot.

Atmospheric water generator sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. But Reid Goldstein, the executive vice president of AWS who took over in 2015, says the basic technology traces back to the development of air conditioners and dehumidifiers. “It’s essentially dehumidification technology with modern science thrown in.”

And looking forward in South Florida, why atmospheric water generator technology makes sense from the perspective of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD):

By 2025, 6 million new residents are projected to make Florida their home and more than half will settle in South Florida, according to the SFWD. This will increase demand for fresh water by 22 percent. Smith [Randy Smith, SFWMD spokesman] said that any technology that would aid in the conservation of water is “critical.”

AWS believes products like theirs, which requires zero groundwater to function, are perfect to reduce day-to-day needs, such as drinking water or filling up your coffee machine.

However, their leaders have a vision of expanding business for needs such as growing agriculture, servicing kidney dialysis machines, and providing drinking water to hospitals — some of which they already do. They are currently developing a mobile unit that can create 1,500 gallons of water a day, which they say could serve construction sites, emergency relief and remote areas.

Click on this link to read the entire story in the Sun Sentinel.

AWS is located in the South Florida region, in Cooper City, Broward County. For any questions you have call 954-306-6763, fill out this form on their website, or send an email to:

And to learn more how AWS and their atmospheric water generator technology can help to reduce plastic pollution and also reducing the amount of ingested microplastic particles in the body follow their page on Facebook.

About the reporter,

Andrew Boryga is a general assignment reporter at the Sun Sentinel. Previously he freelanced for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times and other outlets. He has taught writing to college students at the University of Miami and inmates at Everglades Correctional Institution. He is a Bronx, New York native and current Miami resident.

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