When the two catastrophic wildfires broke out in California in November, Israel didn’t just send humanitarian aid from IsraAID, it also sent an emergency response vehicle (ERV) carrying an innovative Israeli machine that pulls drinking water out of the air. The vehicle and the GEN-350 atmospheric water generator were sent by Watergen USA, the American subsidiary of the Israeli company that invented the system, to provide hydration to police and firefighters dealing with the aftermath of the fires, which took the lives of 86 people and destroyed 18,000 buildings. It wasn’t the first time the Watergen system was put to use after a disaster. Just a month earlier the company deployed a unit to help victims of Hurricane Michael.

A victim of Hurricane Michael in Florida receiving water from a Watergen unit, October 2018. Photo courtesy of Watergen USA