1994 Photo Contest, Science & Technology, 3rd prize

Gilles Saussier

Gamma for Life

01 January, 1993

An unorthodox water collection project on Chile's coast at the Andean foothills. This area is enveloped in an almost permanent ribbon of clouds, but rarely produces rain. The ingenious system, funded jointly by the Chilean and Canadian governments, catches droplets of fog in giant nylon nets suspended between wooden posts. The water trapped in the fine mesh netting trickles down into a trough and is filtered and piped to a 96,000-liter storage tank. The system needs only two men to maintain it. This cheap, low-tech way of harvesting water for the nearby village of Chungungo has excited interest in more than 20 countries with similar climatic conditions.

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Gilles Saussier

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