In Africa, as in the rest of the world, water is an important need, essential to all sectors of the economy (agriculture, energy production, industry…). Africa has significant water resources however the distribution and purification infrastructure does not facilitate access to potable water. And water resources are not inexhaustible… The Pure Water Tech which is a start-up, has a good understanding of this and its concept for extracting water from the atmosphere addresses this very issue.
The Pure Water Tech is concerned with addressing one of the key challenges of our century: the scarcity of water and its accessibility. Its founder Malcolm LUMBALA is a young man of 25 years of age. Native of Congo (DRC), his sporting career led him to Europe and North America where he obtained a diploma in International Business in the United States. During one of his visits to Africa, he noted the issues relating to water, particularly scarcity of potable water. Infact, about 330 million Africans, or 40% of the population do not have access to potable water although the continent has 660,000 kilometres cube of water reserves.
There is the need for billions of Euros of investment annually to improve existing water distribution and purification infrastructure: significant investments which some countries do not make their priority.
Based on this observation, The Pure Water Tech was established in 2015. This start up is expert in extraction of atmospheric water which is contained in the humid air. This is a patented technology which is capable of producing high quality potable water. Due to high temperature and high humidity levels in most part of the black continent, the technology used by The Pure Water Tech captures humidity using powerful filters and mineral additives. It is therefore possible to extract from 20 to 20,000 litres of potable water per day.
The business offers a range of products for the home, office and for communities. The price of the products for domestic use is between 800 and 1000 USD. Powered by electricity, it is possible to connect it to a mini solar panel for optimal autonomy. Ideal for isolated regions: villages, hospitals, schools…
Currently, The Pure Water Tech has 5 distribution channels in Africa (DRC, Congo, Ivory Coast and Cameroon) and hopes to have 12 distribution channels by the end of 2016. The young business employs 7 people in London and 130 workers in its factory in China. It collaborates with African governments who are determined to give people free access to the technology used by The Pure Water Tech. The medium term objective is the construction of a factory in Africa to facilitate the use of this technology in all African countries and thus resolve one of the major challenges of this century.
Further reading: « The future of water in African cities. Why the waste ? » A World Bank report