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Rainmaker Worldwide delivers first Air-to-Water unit to assist with drinking water crisis

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Rainmaker Worldwide, working with its local partner, Rainmaker Water Ltd., has delivered its first innovative Air-to-Water unit to Colombo, Sri Lanka, to make preparations for the production of clean bottled water to districts affected by drought as they lack access to clean drinking water.

Rainmaker’s core Air-to-Water technology will be combined with Rainmaker Water Ltd.’s state-of-the-art water bottling facility, located in Sri Lanka’s capital, to meet the needs of the most water scarce communities. With one generator, Rainmaker can produce 3.6 million 500mL bottles annually. Rainmaker Water Ltd., has invested significantly in the local bottling facility, with the intent to build multiple facilities throughout the South Asian country.

To improve the efficiency and output of the Air-to-Water unit, Rainmaker recently worked with world-renowned technical partner Optimised Thermal Systems Inc., a leader in ground-breaking research, experimentation and development within the HVAC and refrigeration industries, located in Beltsville, Maryland.

“We believe that the potential for Rainmaker Worldwide products through our partnership is unlimited. The need for fresh water in Sri Lanka, in particular during certain flood and drought periods, is very high. We look forward to working with the Rainmaker Worldwide team to meet this demand in the coming months and years,” said Rainmaker Water Ltd. CEO Ranil Somaweera.

Sri Lanka has been plagued with rainfall shortages for almost the entirety of 2016; according to Reuters, some districts witnessed a 60 to 70% reduction in average annual rainfall. As the weather becomes more extreme, the nation finds itself increasingly in an exhausting pattern of alternating between drought and floods, both of which can lead to shortages of clean water.

According to the US National Library, other depletion and degradation of water in Sri Lanka is caused by various man-made activities, with surface inland waters in urban areas polluted heavily with domestic and industrial sewage, and in rural areas with agricultural runoff. Ground water in certain areas of the country’s dry zone comes with high fluoride content, while hard, rocky, alluvial areas, struggle with high concentrations of iron. Biological contamination of ground water is plaguing the country’s overcrowded urban cities, while over-utilisation, particularly through tube wells, is another major issue affecting Sri Lanka’s ground water resources.

Rainmaker Worldwide President and CEO Michael O’Connor said, “Sri Lanka’s climatic conditions are ideally suited to our newly designed Air-to-Water units. We are very excited to provide dynamic solutions to critical nation-wide water needs together with our dedicated local partners.”

Rainmaker Worldwide Inc. is headquartered in Peterborough, Canada, with an innovation and manufacturing centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Its patented water technology provides economical drinking water at scale wherever it’s needed. 

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