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The National: Moroccans harvest fog for water, ending four-hour daily treks to wells

SIDI IFNI, MOROCCO // Villagers in Morocco’s south-west mountains have turned to “fog harvesting”, a green technology that transforms fog into fresh water straight from the tap and puts an end to exhausting daily treks to distant wells by local woman.

Families in five highland Berber communities have begun to benefit from this water collection technique, which was devised in Chile two decades ago and has since been taken up in countries from Peru to Namibia and South Africa.

On the summit of a mountain named Boutmezguida, which looms over the villages at 1,225 metres, thick fog shrouds about 40 finely meshed panels designed to trap water and relay it to a network of pipes…


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