The End of Drought? Introducing the Self-filling Water Bottle by Fontus!

August 3, 2016

Droughts are a major global issue. In one of my previous articles,I discussed the extent to which we are at risk of a global water shortage. However, at Better World International, we are always looking for inspirational world-changing innovations, from around the world. Innovations that have the potential to increase the quality of human life; the new self-filling water bottle from Fontus may do just that.

Who is Fontus?

Fontus

Image via Fontus Website

Fontus is a start-up company in Vienna, Austria. It is comprised of industry experts including (but not limited to) electronic engineers, and business gurus etc. Their main aim is to create products that enable people to travel wherever they would like, without having to worry about water shortages. They have won numerous local and international design awards which you can explore on their website.

How does the self-filling water bottle work?

Fontus self filling water bottle

Image via Indie Go Go Website

The device is designed to capture moisture in the air, condense it and then store it as clean drinking water.

  1. A small fan draws air from the surrounding environment, runs it through a special filter and then presses it into condensation chambers.
  2. A series of small coolers bring the moisture contained in air to condense on special surfaces.
  3. The resultant liquid water then drops into the bottle’s main body and is stored.

The lower part of the self-filling water bottle also enables re-mineralisation, which means the water bottle is capable of producing fresh mineral water!

Benefits of Fontus Self-Filling Water Bottle

Fontus self filling water bottle

Image via Indy Go Go Website

What is the scale of the global issue drought causes?

I explored this in much more detail in my article about the global water crisis, and what WATERisLIFE is doing to help combat it.

To summarize the important facts from that article, currently 6,000 people die per day due to not having access to clean drinking water and 5,000 of these fatalities are children. It is also important to note that sometimes there is water available, but the quality of it is so poor that it leads to illness. This may explain why 80% of hospital patients in developing countries are suffering from waterborne diseases.

However, statistics do not show the emotional impact the global water crisis has. It is saddening to say that ⅕ of children in Sub-Saharan Africa die before the age of one; many parents do not name their children until they are at least six months old to avoid further emotional attachment. No parent should be put in this horrific situation.

african child drinking water

Author Aqua Mechanical via Flickr

What impact has Fontus’ self-filling water bottle had so far?

Fontus posted the following two infographics on Indie Go Go, which shows the impact their self-filling water bottle is having on the world, and also how efficient it is:

Impact:

Fotus self-filling water bottle

Image via Indie Go Go

Efficiency:

Fotus self-filling water bottle

Image via Indie Go Go

How can I help Fontus with their project?

Fontus currently has an Indie Go Go page for their self-filling water product, in which you can make a donation for an innovation that may change the world.

However, if you cannot donate, my article on the global water crisis, gives you some great tips, on how you can help prevent a global water crisis, without spending any money!

Overall, this self-filling water bottle seems to be onto a great idea here. Even if you have access to clean drinking water, it will still be useful for you, as it would mean you don’t have to worry about running out of water, if you go exploring. However, it will have a huge impact on those that don’t have access to clean drinking water. It is innovations like these that can truly change the world for the better, and hopefully, this article has inspired you. We can easily prevent a global water crisis together!

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