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Moroccan villagers harvest fog for water supply

TerraDaily June 19, 2015

TerraDaily (June 19, 2015)

Green technology to turn fog into fresh water straight from the tap has put an end to exhausting daily treks to distant wells by village women in southwest Morocco.

Families in five highland Berber communities have begun to benefit from "fog harvesting", a technique devised in Chile two decades ago and since taken up in countries from Peru to Namibia and South Africa.

On the summit of a mountain named Boutmezguida, which looms over the villages at 1,225 metres (4,019 feet), thick fog shrouds about 40 finely meshed panels designed to trap water and relay it to a network of pipes.

To have water running from a faucet at home is a "revolution" for inhabitants of the semi-arid mountains known as the Anti-Atlas, says Aissa Derhem, the chairman of an active regional association called Dar Si Hmad for Development, Education and Culture (DSH).

DSH prides itself on building "the world’s largest fog-collection and distribution system" and helping locals in the Sidi Ifni region — Derhem’s birthplace — to learn to operate it, after repeated droughts and scarce rain.

Source : Zakaria CHOUKRALLAH Sidi Ifni, Morocco (AFP) June 19, 2015

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