Eole Water says that 150 million people do not have access to drinking water, but the United Nations reports on its website than 1 in 6 people do not have access to sanitary water. That places the number at 894 million people. Perhaps even more stunning, the leading cause of death is diarrhea - which, 88 percent of time, is caused by unsanitary water. The UN says that, every 20 seconds, a child dies due to poor sanitary conditions.
Though the Earth's surface is over 70 percent water, many regions are running out of sanitary options for drinking water. And more importantly, current methods employed by high-income countries are all but impossible for much of the world, due to cost or practicality.
That's where Marc Parent comes in.
Parent invented a wind turbine that takes moisture from the air and converts it into drinking water. The website says that the machine can produce up to 1,500 liters of water a day, on average. It cleans itself and can work for at least 20 years.
In an interview with ABC News, Thibault Janin, the organization's Marketing Director, said, "Let me highlight this word: CREATE. All existing solutions (wells, desalination, lakes/rivers pumping, etc.) only treat an existing source of water. Thus, what happens when there is no or no more water available? The WMS1000 can create water when there is no existing source available. That makes a difference. Our technology integrates water creation, water collection, water treatment and water local distribution. The WMS1000 can produce and distribute water everywhere."
He also added: "Water is becoming increasingly scarce. Household needs in the matter should increase by 130 percent by 2030. At the same time, the WMS1000 is only one step in our development. Our range will expand to provide more precise and larger answers to communities with larger turbines featuring higher capacities of water production. We respond to a growing and constant global demand, not subjected to economic classical cycles, since water is essential to life."
The machine will cost $600,000, and is currently being tested in France and Abu Dhabi.