Quest Water Global, Inc. (QWTR) ("Quest" and/or "Quest Water" and or "Company"), an innovative water technology company, and developer of the solar-powered water purification and desalination technology AQUAtap™ and the WEPS™ Atmospheric Water Extraction and Purification System, announced today that the Company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") to build and operate a commercial water bottling facility in Havana, Cuba utilizing atmospheric water as the source. The atmospheric water bottling facility will be the first known water supply and bottling plant in the western hemisphere obtaining its water source through the extraction of atmospheric humidity. The facility expects to commence with an output capacity of 1.1 million liters of water per month.
The Cuban water bottling operation will be a Joint Venture ("JV") between Quest Water Global, Euroven Financial Group ("Euroven"), a syndicate of individuals, and atmospheric clean water pioneer Thomas W. Angell, who has been working for the past decade to make innovative technologies available that provide safe drinking water. Euroven will provide the funding capacity and ability to expand the business model on a Caribbean-wide scale, while Angell brings his expertise and knowhow of delivering clean water solutions to water scarce regions worldwide. Quest Water will provide access to, and maintenance of, the Company's proprietary WEPS™ technology, be the certifiers of the quality and integrity of the produced water, and the trainers of the facility operators and technicians."
"The conditions in Cuba are ideal for a commercial atmospheric water bottling facility," said John Balanko, Quest Water CEO & President. "The atmospheric humidity in the country is predictable and we believe that clean water can be harvested in large quantities on a consistent basis from ambient air at the proposed plant."
The planned facility's state-of-the-art bottling equipment will allow the Joint Venture to commence operations with a production rate estimated at approximately 12,000 bottles per hour in the 500ml format. This equates to 96,000 bottles per day or 88,000 cases of 24, 500ml bottles per month. It is anticipated that four DX150 WEPS™ systems will be installed. Together, these systems can produce approximately 40,000 liters of water per day based on the average climatic conditions in Havana. The bottling facility will also utilize 100% biodegradable bottles that break down completely within six months after use with no residual effects to the environment.
"The growing global demand for pure, clean bottled water offers significant revenue opportunities in the region," said Peter Miele, Quest Water Global Co-Founder and Executive Vice President. "Our WEPS™ technology competes economically and environmentally with conventional bottled water plants and desalination facilities. In addition to creating a sustainable and reliable water source, the WEPS™ process does so with low power consumption, is a chemical free product with no harmful by-products, has no impact on local natural water resources, and comes with minimal maintenance requirements."
The proposed Joint Venture intends to open a commercial atmospheric bottling plant in Havana, Cuba within the next 6 months. The JV will be owned 60% by Euroven, 12.5% by Thomas W. Angell, 12.5% by Quest Water Global, and 15% by a syndicate of individuals. The parties will now work toward signing a definitive agreement to move the project forward.