Could Cars One Day Relieve Global Water Shortages?

Though it's not something we worry much about in our day-to-day here in Vermont, around the world, there is an increasing scarcity of clean drinking water. As climate change continues to take its toll and human population continues to soar upward, the UN estimates 47 percent of people will live in water-stressed areas by 2030.

Cars, you would think, are part of the problem, not the solution.

Ford Motor Company disagrees.

Based on a condensation-collecting billboard from Peru, the "On-The-Go H2O" system takes advantage of the condensation that forms when people run their vehicle's air conditioning. The system, designed by Ford engineer Doug Martin, can generate and filter up to half a gallon of potable water in an hour out of thin air!

It sounds a bit silly, we know. How could somebody who doesn't even have drinking water afford to drive around with their AC on?

It's more likely than you might expect. Bottled water costs more per gallon than gasoline, and economic disparities in many parts of the world mean that cutting-edge technology coexists with antiquated (or absent) infrastructure.

What can you do to help with global water security? It may be a small step, but every little bit counts. Keeping a used car saves the tens of thousands of gallons it takes to manufacture a new one. Schedule maintenance and repairs at our Williston service center to keep your older vehicle on the road longer, and optimize efficiency.

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