Israeli firm in Gaza extracts drinking water from the air

The new Israel project helps ease the shortage with a solar-powered process to extract potable water straight from the air.

Unusually, the project operating in the Islamist-run Palestinian enclave, which has been blockaded by Israel since 2007, is the brainchild of a Russian-Israeli billionaire, Michael Mirilashvili.

The company he heads, Watergen, has developed the atmospheric water generators that can produce 5,000 to 6,000 liters (1,300 to more than 1,500 gallons) of drinking water per day, depending on the air’s humidity.

With just a few machines operating in Gaza, Watergen is far from meeting the demand for the 2 million people who live in the crowded coastal enclave wedged between Israel, Egypt, and the Mediterranean Sea.