(Photo: Drusso/Shtevi Photography)

(Photo: Drusso/Shtevi Photography)

By Abigail Klein Leichman - March 31, 2019

Water pollution is one of the leading causes of death in the west African country of Sierra Leone, where average life expectancy is just 56 years. Now, St. Joseph School girls in the capital city of Freetown can easily access safe drinking water thanks to Israeli technology in the form of an atmospheric water generator from Watergen.

The GEN-350 can produce up to 900 liters of water per day from the humid air of Africa. The atmospheric moisture is purified through an internal water-treatment system. The unit needs no infrastructure except electricity from the power grid or from a generator.

Watergen President Michael Mirilashvili’s efforts to make fresh, pure water available around the globe earned the company a place on the World Economic Forum’s list of the world’s top technology pioneers in 2018.

Based in Rishon LeTzion, the company was founded in 2009 by entrepreneur Arye Kohavi and maintains two factories in Israel. Miami-based Watergen USA has a factory in South Carolina.

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