Watergen provides water-from-air Uzbekistan to help solve its water crisis
The “double-landlocked” and semi-arid conditions of Uzbekistan, combined with very few internal freshwater resources leave the country in desperate need of a secure water supply. In recent years, neighboring countries such as Tajikistan, have built hydro-power dams at the headwaters of the two main rivers that traditionally bring freshwater supply to Uzbekistan, the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya. While these dams provide a solution for the neighbors’ water problems, it undermines Uzbekistan’s ability to use these rivers as sources for freshwater supply.
Like many cities, Bukhara has been experiencing a serious water shortage. In May 2019, Watergen’s GEN-M atmospheric water generators (AWGs) began supplying fresh drinking water created from air to hundreds of children and staff living in an orphanage in the city. This was a truly ground-breaking solution for the institution and ensured unlimited access to one of their most basic needs – fresh, clean drinking water.
In November of the same year, the country’s government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Watergen to harness pure, clean drinking water out of ambient air. There are plans to dispatch thousands of GEN-M AWGs to towns and cities in the country, including Samarkand and Bukhara.
In June 2020, Watergen’s Uzbekistan team completed the installation of a GEN-M AWT in the Innovation Center of Tashkent National University of Uzbekistan so that staff and students can enjoy drinking water extracted directly from thin air.