Ambassador of Israel to Vietnam Nadav Eshcar presents Watergen’s GEN-350 to Vietnam's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang.
(photo credit: WATERGEN)
Vietnam’s capital Hanoi will benefit from Israeli company Watergen’s unique technology to extract fresh water directly from the air, boosting the city’s drinking water supply.
Despite almost two-thirds of the fifteenth most populous country in the world, approximately 95 million citizens, living in close proximity to Vietnam’s three key river basins Thai Binh, Mekong Delta and Dong Nai, the country’s ability to pro vide safe drinking water to its citizens has been limited by water pollution and a lack of infrastructure and financial resources.
Approximately 80% of water supplying Hanoi’s 7.5 million citizens is sourced from groundwater, which contains five to ten times the permitted concentration of ammonia.
Hanoi will receive two GEN350 atmospheric water generators contributed by Watergen president and philanthropist Dr. Michael Mirilash vili. The machines, which are currently being showcased at a month-long exhibit in the city’s Ly Thai To Square celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Vietnam and will be handed over to the Hanoi Municipal People’s Committee.
Each unit is equipped with an internal water treatment system and is capable of generating more than 600 liters of clean fresh water daily, requiring no infrastructure except for electricity. Weighing 800 kilograms, the generators are easily transportable to rural areas, where fresh water supplies may be especially scarce.
“Watergen is honored to share the benefits of Israeli water technology to the people of Vietnam by providing them with a fundamental lifeline of drinking water,” said Mirilashvili.
“The GEN-350 will undoubtedly help to improve the quality of life and health of the Vietnamese people who are in need of safe and clean drinking water.”
Since the turn of the year, Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has successfully tested the technology in three regions of the country with distinct weather conditions in order to measure the quality of the water. SGS, a multinational inspection company operating in Vietnam, found the water to be of drinking quality in two tests.
“Start-ups and supreme technology has been at the core of interest in the relationship between Israel and Vietnam over the past two years, and Watergen’s GEN 350 is one of several such innovations that stand out,” said Israeli Ambassador to Vietnam Nadav Eshcar. “The generator is not connected to any water source but can still make water out of air. This is technology that people can see and be amazed by.”
Watergen is currently working with other organizations in Vietnam’s public and private sectors to roll out its technology in additional locations.
Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Doan Toan expressed his desire on Wednesday to see greater hi-tech agricultural collaboration between the city and Israeli start-ups
“Hanoi wishes to receive Israeli support in the field so that it can soon fulfill its goal of becoming an agricultural production and consumption center in the region as well as a leading farm produce exporter,” he said at a conference of Vietnam-Israel enterprises in hi-tech agriculture, according to the state-controlled Vietnam News Agency.
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