Harvesting fog: these guys cou

Harvesting fog: these guys could have the answer to SA’s water crisis

A simple solution that can make such a big impact on people’s lives.

Harvesting fog: these guys cou

After reporting for months on end about the worsening water crisis in the Western Cape, dam levels are still at risk and ways to find a solution (without relying solely on rain) are still at large.

A group called H2O Catchers are actually busy diving into innovative ways of sourcing water for South Africa though.

Grant Vanderwagen, Founder of H2O Catchers, believe they can capture large amounts of water through fog.

While the concept of capturing water through fog isn’t a new one, H2O Catchers are busy improving this method by making it more sustainable which Vanderwagen says is quite simple.

“It’s a pretty simple method of capturing water from fog using mesh netting.”

Some research even suggests it is possible to catch anything from 100 to 10 000 litres of water per day.

Grant initially got the idea while watching a documentary about capturing water from fog in Peru on CNN a few years ago. Since then the idea kind of stuck.

Creating Water Foundation/YouTube/Capturing water from the fog in Lima, Peru.

He never thought the need for something like this would ever be there, but seeing as the water crisis in the Western Cape is at a tipping point, the time to take action is… “like yesterday” according to the man himself.

To tackle the water crisis, H2O Catchers are busy working on prototypes of the mesh nets used (pictured above), which, Grant says, need to be able to withstand different weather conditions.

In order to get this project off the ground, necessary funding has to be made available for them to reach their goal. They are looking into the support of businesses, private investors as well as government backing.

Once they’ve received the necessary funding, the next step will be to set up the first fog farm in SA and from there measure how much water they can capture and how fast they need to expand the project in order to supply water to rural areas, towns and cities.

“We would really like to get this project off the ground within the upcoming months. This is a very urgent issue and we need to tackle this crisis right now,” Vanderwagen said.

“Our main focus will be the Western Cape for the time being. Once we have completed a testing phase we will then roll this out to other areas of South Africa and maybe even Africa.”

If you would be interested in helping Grant and H2O Catchers, feel free to contact him at grant@vanderwagen.co.

You can also check out a video of Grant talking about the water crisis in SA over here: