New Project – Tanzania – Fall 2012

Over the last year construction of Large Fog Collectors has proceeded in central Tanzania near Mbulu. The FogQuest fog collection technology is being used by a German NGO, ped-world, to assist villages and schools with water supplies. To date eight large fog collectors (LFCs) have been built at three sites.

LFCs in Tanzania

We don’t have specific water production figures but the results are encouraging and both the number of LFCs and the number of sites will be increased with time. This is an example of the expanding application of our technology. Staff of ped-world spent time at the field site in Morocco learning FogQuest construction techniques, gaining access to the FogQuest manual and other documents, and were sent mesh to use in the LFCs. In addition we have had numerous discussions regarding the construction of fog collectors and operation of field projects; however, the actual field work in Tanzania is funded by ped-world as part of their wider efforts in the country and is under the direction of ped-world.

Latest News – October 2012

New Evaluation Project in Peru

 Professor Ben Spencer from the University of Washington (Architecture/Landscape Architecture) and Professor Susan Bolton (Environmental and Forest Sciences) have been working in the community of Lomas de Zapallal, Lima, Peru for the past few years. As part of the US EPA’s People Planet and Prosperity (P3) student competition they have now, with the assistance of FogQuest, started a fog collection evaluation project at Lomas de Zapallal. Five modified Standard Fog Collectors were installed in September 2012.

Evaluating fog potential in Lomas de Zapallal, Lima

This location is quite close to the Cerro Orara project site where Robert Schemenauer, Pilar Cereceda and Marcella Suit worked in the 1990s. The project is a learning experience for students from the University of Washington and potentially a new water source for the community in Peru.

FogQuest part of Eco Future Exhibit

Museum exhibit will run until Sept. 2013

Aimed at families, Eco Future is a new museum exhibit that opened at the end of September 2012 in Abu Dhabi at Manarat Al Saadiyat (a major cultural venue in Abu Dhabi). Visitors will move through different zones based around lifestyle elements (Eating, Drinking, Enjoying, Moving) where they can, through playing games and interactive tools, design their city of the future. Each zone will also display innovative new products and technologies that can help us live more sustainably.

FogQuest has provided mesh for the construction and display of two small Standard Fog Collectors, as well as a photo of fog collectors in Nepal, for the Drinking Zone of the exhibit. We at FogQuest work to promote fog collection as an important and sustainable water production technology integral to a greener future, especially in arid regions such as the Middle East.

New project – Colombia

New Project – Colombia – March 2012

Work, led by FogQuest volunteer Jose Manuel Molina, is progressing on a new operational project in Colombia. Jose Manuel and his colleagues have previously completed some initial evaluation studies. Jose’s colleagues Andres and Conchita have installed some new Standard Fog Collectors (SFCs) this month and report very good fog collection rates. Work is at and near the KM-18 site in the Valle del Cauca near Cali. The goal is to provide water for the village at KM-18 and measurements are being done by the students at the school there. FogQuest has provided mesh for the SFCs and also funds to purchase raingauges to monitor rainfall at the sites. We also provide advice and guidance through Jose to the group in Colombia and will be involved in the operational project when funding is obtained. Your donations to assist with this project would be very helpful

New Evaluation Project in India – September 2011

New Evaluation Project in India – September 2011

FogQuest is assisting an Indian NGO called SOCIOserve to begin a fog collection evaluation in the mountains of Tamil Nadu where one SFC is now in Anavattan, which is a region just on the periphery of Poombarai.

Poombarai is a small village close to Kodaikanal. It is at an elevation of about 2200 m in the center of the southern part of the Indian sub-continent. Mesh has been sent to them for the construction of the SFCs and general guidance for the measurement program has been provided.

New Evaluation Project on Mt. Kilimanjaro – August 2011

New Evaluation Project on Mt. Kilimanjaro – August 2011

There are now Standard Fog Collectors installed on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This was a joint effort with our partners in ped-world in Germany.

There is a tremendous need for fresh water for guides, rescue personnel and visitors on the upper part of the mountain. Up to now the water has to be carried 8 km to these high elevation huts. We are helping to determine whether the frequent fog found there can be a viable source of fresh water.

The altitude at Barafu is 4600 m and at Kibo-Hut 4750 m. Both are on Kibo-Saddle, the last camp before you reach the peak (5895m).

Update on Project in Morocco – June-August 2011

Update on Project in Morocco – June-August 2011

In June, Fernanda Rojas from Chile, a FogQuest volunteer for many years, was in Morocco to work with Jamilla Bargach and her team from the local NGO Dar Si-Hmad on the construction of fog collectors.
Together with Professor Victoria Marzol, also a long-time FogQuest supporter, a number of large and medium sized fog collectors were built at the site inland from Sidi Ifni.

Early indications are that 12,000 liters of water were collected in August from only 160 m2 of mesh. This is in a very dry part of the year. More information will come in a project update.

Tojquia, Guatemala, Fog Collection Project – March 2011

Tojquia, Guatemala, Fog Collection Project – March 2011

Melissa Rosato has just spoken to the people in the village and the news is excellent. The Large Fog Collectors have again performed very well through the dry winter season. All family water tanks are full and all the fog collectors that FogQuest has built since 2006 are in good working condition.

We also are collecting information in the nearby village of Siete Piños to determine if it is viable to start a new water project there.