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  • Researchers propose new structures to harvest untapped source of fresh water

    Schematic illustration of vapor harvesting structure

    “Eventually, we will need to find a way to increase the supply of fresh water as conservation and recycled water from existing sources, albeit essential, will not be sufficient to meet human needs. We think our newly proposed method can do that at large scales,” said Illinois professor Praveen Kumar. The illustration shows Kumar and his co-authors’ proposed approach for capturing moisture above ocean surfaces and transporting it to land for condensation.

    Graphic courtesy Praveen Kumar and Nature Scientific Reports


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Praveen Kumar, call 217-333-4688; email

    The paper “Increasing freshwater supply to sustainably address global water security at scale” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-24314-2