How Developing Technology Could Bring Water to Millions

On #WorldOceanDay we wanted to shine a light on the way Five Hour Energy CEO Manoj Bhargava is using technology to create drinkable water for those who don’t have access to it.

Bhargava founded an initiative called Billions in Change, through which he channels his money to address global issues including water resources, energy usage and health crises. One way he’s doing this is through something called the Rain Maker – a small machine that heats “dirty” or undrinkable water to create water vapor. The Rain Maker then distills and cools the vapor, resulting in clean, drinkable water.

Bhargava and the researchers on his Billions in Change team have a vision for the Rain Maker: They hope to mass manufacture it and eventually place many units on barges a few miles from shore in countries that lack fresh water. The machines can then create water that’s ready for use on personal, agricultural and industrial levels while simultaneously pumping it back to shore.

The Rain Maker is unlike current tools, which create clean water from saltwater by desalinating it in a slow process that requires large amounts of electricity. By contrast, the Rain Maker is energy efficient and can produce drinkable water on a massive scale – about 1,000 gallons per hour.

To learn more about this exciting project, check out the Billions in Change website and watch the video below.