The Kumulus team has designed a machine that converts humidity into 20 to 30 liters of safe and healthy drinking water.

According to World Bank data, 21% of Tunisians, 20% of Moroccans, and 28% of Algerians did not have access to safely managed drinking water in 2020.


Estimates suggest that about 1.1 billion people lack access to water, and 2.7 billion experience water scarcity at least one month a year. Almost one-third of schools worldwide are deprived of clean water, while 500,000 children under 5 die annually due to bad water quality.

Kumulus, the water tech startup company have only one mission in mind. The company’s mission is to tackle the scarcity of water by providing safe and healthy drinking water economically and sustainably.


The company says: “We are starting by designing, selling, and operating machines that create drinking water from air!”

tunisian start-up kumulus converts sun and air into water
tunisian start-up kumulus converts sun and air into water

Even in dry areas like the North African desert, this innovative and revolutionary machine provides access to a safe and stable source of drinking water.

This machine is capable of refining water vapor in the air and putting it through a system that kills harmful bacteria in the water. The drinking water is then stored in a small reservoir. After that, we can consume the water safely.

The company says, “Access to safe drinking water should not be a luxury and is a right to all human beings on Earth.”


Kumulus’ machines are fully autonomous so they can be transported, set up, and maintained effortlessly.

“The Kumulus technology is a replication of the dew effect and condensation of water from the air,” said Kumulus co-founder, Iheb Triki. “Humid air is drawn into the machine and passes through a particle filter then goes through a cooling process that causes droplets of water to appear in the collector.

“The dry air is now pushed out of the machine, while the water collected gets filtered multiple times to ensure the absence of any particles or bacteria and then gets mineralized and saved in the water reservoir, ready to be served on-demand, he said.”


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The company is now on a mission to provide the whole world access to safe drinking water and they’re planning to develop ideas to replace current systems that are already in place.

“We aim to provide everyone with their own sustainable and autonomous source of drinking water,” Triki said. “Currently, we are targeting locations that have access problems with a solution that brings fresh water to their hands.”

“In the future, we aim to provide the Kumulus technology as a more sustainable and economical alternative to the solutions currently present in the market, he said.”

The company’s first Kumulus-1 machine was set up in an elementary school in El Bayadha, near the Algerian border. According to the school principal, Hasan Aoubdi, this elementary school lacks proper access to drinking water.

The machine has been set up in the school and it is now ready to use. But the startup is waiting for approval from the government before starting to use it. If the government grants them the approval, they could tackle the scarcity of water faced by the school.

The costs of setting up the Kumulus-1 machine in the El Bayadha school were covered by the Orange telecommunication company.