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David Livingston
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Water without digging!
Looks like an air well http://collectivelyconscious.net/articles/check-out-these-amazing-towers-in-ethiopia-that-harvest-clean-water-from-thin-air/

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Here's a video about them.

 
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It's a nifty idea, but if you read closely, there's no mention of it being tested *successfully* anywhere. Which to my cynical mind makes it more of an art project than a solution.

Also, it's very light in proportion to its size. Does it shatter in heavy weather, or just take off toward the horizon like the world's biggest tumbleweed?
 
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Does it matter dan ? If its something you can learn to make yourself and there for fix your self if it gets damaged in a storm then you just fix it .
Alturnatives paying for a well plus pump and when they go wrong paying for another well and or a pump plus maybe paying for electricity ....Its no contest. As long as it works in the first place of course

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I guess it depends on storm frequency. If it blows away six or eight times a year, who could afford all that labor and materials? Especially if ... as seems to be the case ... the necessary fabric is a petrochemical synthetic?

It's very possible my view on this is colored by living in a place that's called Tornado Alley, where any structure not made of concrete or brick is considered temporary.
 
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In Chile they use 'fences' like this.



From this article.

I guess in an area subject to high winds something like this could be better, and probably cheaper and less labour intensive. Plus it could be taken down if bad weather is expected, a bit like a ship's sail.
 
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This is very interesting, I've had a thought bouncing around in my head for awhile for something like this, but with an attachment to accelerate the air flow to try to take advantage of a rapid cool effect just before it passes through the tortuose path collector.
 
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