Fog Catching

It’s no surprise that San Francisco is considered one of the foggiest cities in the world, along with Peru and areas on the western coasts of Africa and Australia. Karl the Fog has been a long time resident of the City and it’s time we befriend him.

There are many ongoing projects in rural areas of Peru and Chile funded by non-profit organizations and maintained by local residents. These organizations set up fog catchers in areas that do not have access to clean water, or if they do, it is extremely expensive. In some of these areas, a single fog catcher can produce anywhere from 150 to 600 gallons of water a day, allowing the local communities to combat drought and poverty.

No similar projects have been conducted in the San Francisco Bay area, because for the most part, this amount of water cannot sustain a large population nor does San Francisco have a dire shortage of clean, accessible water (yet). However, in light of the heavy drought California has been facing in recent years, farmers and local communities can use this technique to capture the moisture in the air and water their plants with it.

Check out our findings and let us know what you think! What if a single 1.1 acre intra-block could maintain an herb garden from the water captured by 475 feet of fog catchers?


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