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Making Water from Air


A Condensed Solution for Water Self-Reliance


Sky Water is patented, proven technology which has been in use for over a decade with thousands of units sold worldwide, serving local communities and emergency relief efforts.  

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Making Water from Air


A Condensed Solution for Water Self-Reliance


Sky Water is patented, proven technology which has been in use for over a decade with thousands of units sold worldwide, serving local communities and emergency relief efforts.  

Architect, David Hertz, has integrated an air to water technology called 'Skysource' to produce up to 150 gallons of water per day. The water is then offered to the public of Venice Beach, CA for free as well as to a local NGO, Community Healing Gardens.
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About Skywater


About Skywater


 

Sky Source makes water from air, using atmospheric water generators to turn moisture in the air into fresh drinking water.    
 

 

What is Skywater?

Skywater machines are atmospheric water generators that use a patented process to condense moisture in the atmosphere and filter it, making fresh drinking water.  

Each Skywater model produces gallons of fresh water per day, enough for a household or emergency relief efforts, and can do so more efficiently than any other method of moisture extraction or filtration.  Models range from the Skywater Harmony, which is the size of a office water cooler is perfect for home or office use, while the larger Skywater 300 can make up to 300 gallons of water a day.

The machines use refrigeration techniques to maintain a dew point within a condensation chamber to maximize water production from the existing atmospheric condition-- the higher the humidity and temperature, the more water that can be produced.  After condensation, the water is filtered and treated with ozone to enhance its taste and prevent potentially hazardous micro-organisms from forming.  The water can then be used for drinking, watering plants, or stored for future use.

Founder David Hertz installing a Skywater 300 unit in Big Sur, California

Founder David Hertz installing a Skywater 300 unit in Big Sur, California


The Process

Our patented technology uses the Adiabatic Distillation Process to draw water from the atmosphere, which is constantly being replenished.  Adiabatic is defined as "occurring without gain or loss of heat" and distillation is the condensation process where as water vapor is reduced to a liquid. Skywater's patented adiabatic distillation process replicates and augments nature's process of condensation by simulating the dew point, which allows it to make water continuously, even in low humidity conditions.   Air is filtered, condensed, and the water that is collected is purified and finally filtered through a high quality carbon filter.  

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The process

The process


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Why Skywater?

Able to produce water from thin air, these machines require a lower capital cost, and are the most energy efficient and productive systems available today.   Much cheaper and more efficient than water desalination,  and not dependent on rainfall, Skywater is a solution for water self-reliance that can be adapted to almost any climate, and can be powered by alternate energy sources such as solar panels or by biofuel gassifiers.

As the “build green” revolution takes hold worldwide, new developers recognize the need to find ways to make homes and offices more efficient.  Skywater is the latest in water technology. Develop homes with the option of this modern kitchen appliance in the form of a compact unit for family use, and supply your development projects or emergency relief efforts with the Skywater 300 for a total “off the grid” water system capable of delivering 300 gallons a day.

  • Residential & Business Office Sectors 
  • Real Estate/Land Developers/Architectural firms
  • Mass Market Retail/Home Building Centers 
  • Manufacturers wanting a green process water supply
  • Agriculture/Farming/Hydroponics
  • Water Treatment Distributors
  • Food & Hospitality Industries
  • Marine and Off-Shore Applications
  • Government and Military
  • NGO – Emergency Relief Organizations 
  • Cooling Tower water recovery
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The pale blue dot


Fresh water is our most valuable resource.

The pale blue dot


Fresh water is our most valuable resource.

Earth, the Pale Blue Dot, as seen from the Voyager spacecraft.  Credit NASA

Earth, the Pale Blue Dot, as seen from the Voyager spacecraft.  Credit NASA

 
"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
 

- Carl Sagan, The Pale Blue Dot

 

The Earth, the pale blue dot seen in the photo above, gets its blue color from the water which covers 71% of its surface.  However, 97% of the water on earth is in the oceans, and of the remaining 3%, half is frozen in the polar ice caps.  
The remaining 1.5% is Earth's supply of fresh water, and we are consuming it faster than ever.

"The United Nations reports that we have 15 years to avert a full-blown water crisis and by 2030, demand for water will outstrip supply by 40 percent... The relentless over-extraction of groundwater and water from rivers has caused great damage in the Global South and is now doing the same in the North. Stunningly, more than half the rivers in China have disappeared since 1990. Asia’s Aral Sea and Africa’s Lake Chad—once the fourth- and sixth-largest lakes in the world, respectively—have all but dried up due to unremitting use for export-oriented crop irrigation "
- Maude Barlow, The Nation 

A majority of the world’s population lives within a 30-mile radius of water sources that are badly stressed or running out.   Water is being removed from ground sources 15 times faster than it is being replenished.  Worldwide we are losing approximately 75 Billion cubic meters of fresh water annually, and according to the G7 Summit, it is estimated that in less than 50 years there could be a collapse of our planet's water sources.

 

Rainfall and river water can not sustain humanity's growing water needs in many parts of the world, and ground water reservoirs are being depleted or even contaminated by industry.  However, there is more fresh water in the atmosphere than in all of the rivers of the planet combined (Source: U.S. Geological Survey).  This is a tremendous opportunity.

 

Earth's Water

Distribution of Surface Freshwater

The Sky Well


A Social Experiment in Making Free Water Available to a Community

The Sky Well


A Social Experiment in Making Free Water Available to a Community

The Sky Well

For most of human history, all life was centered around a community's source of water.  For people living away from rivers, wells were a human-made source of water around which the entire community would gather.  In this spirit, we had the idea of using our own Skywater machine to serve as a source of water for the Venice community at large.  To illustrate the ideals and history of water as a source of community, we worked with an artist to make a mural that would have our water-bottle filling station as its focus.  Figures reminiscent of ancient Greek pottery carry vases to the well, or in our case, a Skywater machine.  

 
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The Mural

We worked with a local artist to develop a mural for our Sky Well.  Figures reminiscent of ancient Greek pottery carry vases to the well, or in our case, a Skywater machine.  Our goal for this mural is to highlight the bottle filling station, and to convey the larger-than-life significance of water in a community.  

Working with Community Healing Gardens

Our Skywater machine makes 150 gallons of water a day, much more than enough for the needs of our small office and even the bottle-filling station.  The rest of the water is donated to Venice Community Healing Gardens, a non-profit which maintains planters in the neighborhood, growing fresh fruits and vegetables for local school children and the Venice community.


 

Friends of Skysource

Our Sky Well has had many visitors from all walks of life since its inception.  

Below are photos of some of the wonderful people who have worked with us or supported us over the years. We are forever grateful!