The US start-up Spout says it has developed a 3D-printed tool for drinking water. It extracts moisture from the air, filters it twice and stores it in a UV-protected jug, producing 2.5 gallons of pure drinking water every day.
But the development continued, and today Vollmer and his business partner Tyler Breton present the “Spout”, an atmospheric water generator that has already generated over 1 million dollars in pre-orders.
The Spout extracts moisture from the air, filters it twice and stores the water in a UV-protected jug. The device produces up to 2.5 gallons of pure drinking water every day. Using only a few hundred watts of electricity, this innovation represents an innovative approach to water extraction and could revolutionize access to clean water. Vollmer compares water pipes to electric cables and water bottles to batteries to emphasize his vision of a future where access to water is like the availability of solar power.
An additional environmental benefit of the Spout is its potential to help mitigate global warming by reducing water vapor, a major greenhouse gas. The device could lead to “water neutral” homes and farms that produce as much water as they consume. It also offers a solution for providing clean water in drought-stricken regions.
Comparative tests in Venice, California, with popular water filters such as Brita have shown the superiority of the Spout in terms of water purity. The Spout scored 98 out of 99 on the Simple Lab Healthy Water scale, clearly outperforming the Brita filter. The technology, which once seemed like science fiction, is expected to be commercially available next year, marking a significant step forward in water purification technology.