Ethiopia is known for the problem of lack of drinking water, sometimes the distance between the village drinking water reservoir is many hours and days of walking. This task is commonly carried out by the females in the family, who are not only taken out of school, but may encounter sexual harassment on the journey. The end result is also dangerous, as more often than not, the water that is collected is highly contaminated and harmful to drink.
A new development by VittoriLab might offer a solution – The Warka Water Towers were inspired by the Warka tree, native to Ethiopia and commonly used as a central community gathering space. The tower, developed by architecture and vision is a vertical system that harvests portable, clean water right from the air through condensation.
When examining the Warka Water Towers project drawings, the foundations of sacred geometry as the golden ratio, spiral and flower life can be seen –
Each tower costs approximately $550, and can be built in a few days by village residents, and using locally available materials. The Warka Water Tower uses a fog-harvesting fabric and can collect up to 100 litres of safe drinking water per day.