Warka Water Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in the U.S. that focuses on innovative and sustainable solutions to some of humanity’s most enduring problems through the fusion of local knowledge and resources, visionary design, and ancient traditions.
Visiting small isolated communities up on the high plateau in the North East region of Ethiopia, we witnessed this dramatic reality: the lack of potable water. The villagers live in a beautiful natural environment but often without running water, electricity, a toilet or a shower. To help improve this dramatic situation, we made it our mission to find solutions and help these people.
Warka Tower was the first project to be started and working with some of those isolated communities we realised soon that often there were other important issues that could be solved, and since other projects such as the Warka Drone, the Warka Toilet and the Warka House have been under development.
Warka Tower is a vertical structure designed to collect/harvest potable water from the air, giving an alternative water source to the rural population that faces challenges in accessing drinkable water. However, it doesn’t only provide water but creates a social place for the community, where people can gather under the shade of its canopy for education and public meetings, and an energy point in which the community can charge their devices and get an illuminated social area during night-time.
Warka House is an alternative sustainable shelter that is inspired by the Ethiopian vernacular houses by improving the drawbacks and still keeping the cultural features. A modern and better house for the villagers of the rural community that maintains the ancient local traditions of working with bamboo and other natural materials but offers higher standards of hygiene and comfort.
Due to a lack of modern transportation infrastructure many of those remote communities, some time located over inaccessible highlands, are difficult to reach and delivery supplies is slow and expensive. Warka Drone is intended to facilitate the transportation of potable water from the Warka Tower in the community but also transport emergency supplies.
It is a modular edible garden that can serve the food needs of one to three families, using only a part of the water collected. Integrated un automated gravitational irrigation system that is design for efficiency and precision.
After the installation of the first Warka Tower pilot in Ethiopia early 2015, we rapidly realised that similar issues were present in other communities in different geographical areas. Currently we are undertaking the first steps to bring help to different isolated communities in places such as Haiti, Madagascar, Colombia, India, Sumba, Nepal, among others.