The Israeli company Watergen and India’s TATA group have reached an agreement to adapt Israel’s water program in which water is created from the air. The deal is likely to bring Israel’s Watergen billions.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Photo Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO

The Indian corporation TATA will adapt the Israeli Watergen water program implementing air into water, striving to help the water crisis in the region. The deal, which has the opportunity to bring billions to Israeli society, was signed this week as a part of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India.

The deal was first discussed and agreed upon during a meeting in India in November during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad. Watergen majority shareholder Michael Mirilashvili and Watergen chairman Maxim Psik presented the program to resolve India’s water crisis to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chairman of TATA and one of India’s leading business figures, Ratan Tata.

According to the contract, TATA and Watergen will promote production on Indian soil with machines that produce water from air. There are currently two models of machines, known as Atmospheric Water Generators, that convert the moisture in the air into clean, safe drinking water at high efficiency and low cost.

The two models of the abovementioned machines operate at different levels. The first model is capable of producing up to 6,000 liters of water per day and the second, smaller model has the ability to produce a capacity of 600 liters per day. Both models are capable of production without connection to infrastructures, with the possibility of connecting them to solar panels.

The plan will allow for 40 million citizens to have clean drinking water nearly immediately. This is due to the first installation of the program, which will include investments of $1.7 billion in the installation of the company’s machinery to schools and hospitals.

India is the second most populous country in the world and suffers from a significant water shortage. In rural areas, where 74% of the population lives, only 21% of the population has access to sanitation and 84% receives regular water supply.

However, in urban areas, the situation is better, with access to 54% of the population to sanitation and 96% to drinking water. According to various studies, 21% of disease factors in India are related to water consumption.