During natural water disasters, conventional water supplies may be inaccessible or unsafe for use. However, the atmosphere, which contains 3.4 quadrillion gallons of water, serve as an obtainable source for drinking water. For this technology to be widely applied, there must be an understanding of the impact climate and location have on water yield, energy efficiency, and water quality. Hypothesis: Water captured from the atmosphere will have higher organic matter closer to traffic areas impacted by automobile exhaust vs. data collected from green fields, a building rooftop, and a pine forest that is less impacted by localized air pollution.
The atmosphere could serve as an obtainable source for drinking water to solve municipal and natural water disasters that make conventional water supplies inaccessible and not safe for use. In order for this technology to be widely applied, there needs to be an understanding of the impact of climate and location on the volume of water produced, the energy cost, and water quality. The goal of this research is to evaluate atmospheric water capture (AWC) potential using two different technologies: a compressor and desiccant dehumidifier. AWC impacted by automobile exhaust, will have higher organic matter than data collected with no localized air pollution.