School children in Sierra Leone. (Drusso/Shtevi Photography)

A cutting-edge Israeli technology brings children in Sierra Leone safe, potable water sourced from the air!


The St. Joseph’s girls’ school in Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown has received Israeli technology that produces fresh, safe drinking water made out of air. The technology, which comes in the form of an atmospheric water generator known as the GEN-350, offers schoolchildren a source of clean water that can produce up to 900 liters of water a day.

Water pollution is one of the leading causes of death in the West African country, which has an average life expectancy of 56 years, one of the lowest in the world. Approximately half of the population has no access to clean drinking water, and less than three-quarters of urban dwellers have a safe drinking water supply available.

Sierra Leone’s water sources, which primarily consist of ponds, unprotected wells and freestanding water, have been contaminated by mining as well as chemicals used in the agricultural industry.

Waterborne infections and parasites have increased the probability of Sierra Leoneans contracting diseases such as Typhoid Fever and Hepatitis A.

The GEN-350 is a technological innovation of the Israel-based company Watergen. With a weight of just 800 kilograms, the GEN-350 is easily transportable and can be installed quickly.

The GEN-350 units are provided with an internal water treatment system and need no infrastructure except a source of electricity. With power from the grid or generators and with the heat and humidity of Africa, clean water is becoming readily available to people throughout the continent.

“This unit was placed at St. Joseph’s girls’ school in Freeport in order to promote the importance of clean water,” said President of Watergen USA, Yehuda Kaploun. “The government is extremely pleased and looks forward to working with SL Watergen’s team to place many more of these units throughout Sierra Leone.”

Watergen is already operating in several African countries while more announcements about other countries in Africa using the machines and technology are expected.

Watergen’s efforts to make fresh, pure water available around the globe earned the company its place on the World Economic Forum’s list of the world’s top technology pioneers in 2018.