When dense fog sweeps in from the Pacific Ocean, special nets on a hillside catch the moisture and provide precious water to the village of Bellavista, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) outside of Lima, Peru. With a few thousand dollars and some volunteer labor, a village can set up fog-collecting nets that gather hundreds of gallons of water a day—without a single drop of rain falling, conservationists say. Photograph by Anne Lummerich
The fog that settles every winter morning on Lima now serves to irrigate crops in the nearby desert hills thanks to “atrapanieblas” or “fog-catchers“, a simple and cheap system that collects and condenses fog to produce between five and fifteen liters of water per day. Comments from Paolo Cruz, Director of the “PERUVIANS WITHOUT WATER MOVEMENT”.