By Randall Brink
A major challenge for those who enjoy boondocking or occasional dispersed camping on public lands is finding a source of fresh, potable water. Next to waste disposal and electricity, having a supply of fresh, clean water is essential to sustain or extend a boondock stay. So what if you could make water from the air? When I happened upon news of the Exaeris Water Innovations™ AcquaTap® system, which claimed that it could produce fresh, potable water from the air, I knew I was looking at something that would dramatically enhance the boondocking experience.
The Exaeris Water Innovations website says that it “leverages advancements in atmospheric water generation (AWG) technologies to create clean water from the atmosphere.” In other words, it creates water from the air around us. Except for in the burning desert in daytime, the AcquaTap will make fresh water from the moisture in the air 24/7. It’s part magic trick, part science.
According to Exaeris’ COO, Mike Joyce, his company’s device is the only system that can produce several gallons of fresh water daily using a small, 18” x” 24” piece of hardware about the size of a cooler, that weighs only 30 lbs. The technology recovers moisture from the air when the ambient humidity is at or greater than 20 percent. The AcquaTap runs on house battery, solar, or shore power, and produces up to five gallons per day. The system is also scalable, for those requiring greater amounts of water. Exaeris CEO, John Galbraith, says he expects the AcquaTap system to be sold for under $2,000.
When can we see the AcquaTap system?
The AcquaTap will be on display at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, June 15-17, and the company forecasts that the system will be ready for deliveries later in 2021.
While the system was designed to address the global need for portable, inexpensive production of potable water in areas of the world beset with shortages, there is no question that such a device would be a welcome addition to any RVer’s equipment list. Imagine being free of the city water hose for indefinite stretches of time!
We will continue to report news of the system as its rollout proceeds this year.