Fledgling US company, Zero Mass Water, is making a splash in dry rural Australia with solar powered technology which literally makes water from thin air for households where rain-fed supplies are diminishing rapidly as drought lingers.

Our business is based in Phoenix in the middle of the desert – a dry climate like Broken Hill’s – and I drink this water every day – Rob Bartrop, Zero Mass Water.

The process is so good at removing impurities the water then needs to pass through a mineral adding chamber, making it comparable to conventional bottled or spring water.

Global interestAlthough the Zero Mass company is just four years old it has taken the bottled water market head-on in the US, particularly in areas where the quality of well water supplies fluctuates.

Each standard hydropanel holds the same amount of water as 120 standard plastic bottled water containers.

“We’re certainly not anti-tank water, but we are anti plastic bottles.”Each standard hydropanel holds the same amount of water as 120 standard plastic bottled water containers.

Australia needs fresh waterMr Bartrop said while the past year’s escalating drought conditions had made the company’s launch in Australia more topical, even in average seasons people generally recognised Australia’s fresh water limitations.