Have you ever heard of water being made from air? Yes, you hear it right. In a first-of-its-kind initiative by Indian Railways, South Central Railway has installed an ‘atmospheric water generator’ kiosk at Secunderabad Railway Station. The ‘atmospheric water generator’ is called ‘Meghdoot’. This technology is developed under ‘Make in India’ by Maithri Aquatech. The kiosk produces around 1,000 litres per day. “Conserve Water, Conserve Life: Railways introduces ‘Meghdoot’ device to harvest water directly from air, which is then filtered & remineralised for drinking,” Piyush Goyal tweeted an informative video with his tweet.
‘Meghdoot’ harvests water directly from air through a series of steps.
1) In this, water is harvested from air, filtered and remineralised for drinking.
2) Air is sucked in through the air filter.
3) Moisture laden air passes over Condenser Surfaces.
4) Water collects in Tank.
5) Water produced fulfills World Health Organisation (WHO) standards
‘Meghdoot’ is installed under SCR’s green initiatives and water conservation measures. The system fulfils the safety norms of safe and healthy drinking water.
Passengers can avail by paying price ranging from ₹2 to ₹8. It costs ₹8 per litre with a bottle and ₹5 per litre if passengers carry their own bottle. For a 300 ml glass, it costs ₹3 with container and ₹2 if passenger carry their own glass. A 500 ml glass of water will cost ₹5 with container and ₹3 if passenger carry their own glass.