Water is one of the most valuable resources on the planet. Nations waged war over this simple but vital element. We often struggle with drought and water scarcity which pushes us into finding better sources. The Dewgood accepts that challenge by drawing water from the air we breathe and condensing that moisture into clean, clear drinking water.
I work in the field of Civil Engineering. More specifically, I work in public utilities which places me deep inside the water treatment industry. From the toilet to the sink, I’ve seen water make it through the full cycle. So when Dewgood claims to condense water from the air efficiently, I started reading.
The Dewgood DG-10 model is not an immensely complex machine, although it does accomplish a fairly complex task. On a basic level, the DG-10 captures moisture from the air by cooling water molecules (condensing) and trapping them inside of the unit. The water is then captured in a reservoir and put through a filtration process. On the backside of the process, the machine dispenses clean, fresh water in a very pure and drinkable state all controlled via Bluetooth.
There are a number of benefits to a condensation machine like this one. Outside of first-world nations, clean drinking water can be difficult to create or find. This machine has the capability to provide that fresh drinking water at a reasonable cost. Additionally, in locations that are experiencing water shortages, the DG-10 provides water without pulling it from the local water treatment plant.
In the case of Flint, Michigan, we also see the benefit of providing your own clean water source. The DG-10 purifies water using reverse osmosis filtering and infrared treatment. So the drinking water is much purer than most tap water.
Which brings me to an interesting point. Is there such a thing as too pure? Believe it or not, some of the “impurities” in water give the water flavor. When filtered too much, drinking water tastes flat or insipid. This particular machine filters water to that level. While it may be the cleanest water you drink, it may also be the blandest. Additionally, you should know that some “impurities” are simply minerals in your water that are good for your body in small amounts.
The greatest question regarding condensed water… does it save money? Unfortunately, no.
The DG-10 uses enough power to equal approximately $0.15 per gallon. Granted, this prices competes heavily with bottled water, but it falls far short of tap water. Tap water costs about 0.4¢ (yes, that is $0.004) per gallon. So it costs about 38x more than tap water. For conventional uses in the USA, it just doesn’t measure up when most USA water quality standards are as high as they are.
I have one last strike against the DG-10 before wrapping it up. The condensing method relies heavily on climate conditions. If you happen to live in Charleston, SC and the humidity lies close to 80% most days than you’ll have water pouring out at about 10 gallons a day. But in dry climate locations, you’ll be lucky to pull off a gallon. Generally, the places that have water shortages are the dry climate areas. Therefore, the DG-10 won’t help the places that need it the most.
I do think that the Dewgood offers a serious solution to clean drinking water needs in places that lack water treatment infrastructure. However, the $2,000 price tag mixed with climate sensitivity make this product much less appealing. The technology offers potential and could impact third-world countries in a great way. Make sure you check out their campaign on IndieGoGo and let us know what you think in the comments below!