Responsible water management has always been one of Costa Cruises’ top priorities. Most of the water on the ships for human use (69%) is produced on board by means of special desalination plants. The rest of the water used on board is supplied at the ports of call; the choice of locations is based on continuous mapping of water sources in the different geographical areas of operation around the world and Costa arranges its supplies so that water is bunkered in ports of call where it is abundant. Water is a vital resource and this explains why Costa has chosen to support the Warka Water Project.
Warka Water is a water tower designed by architect Arturo Vittori that is handmade with natural materials. Warka Water captures large quantities of potable water from the air by collecting rain, harvesting fog and dew without any need for electricity. The tower has a reticular structure with a triangulated frame made from reeds, a natural material that is readily available, and it can be easily built by local people. Inside the tower, which is 9 meters high, is a network made of a special fabric and polyethylene textile designed to collect up to 100 liters of drinking water per day by means of condensation.
The name of the project “Warka” – chosen by the architect – comes from the Warka Tree, a giant wild fig tree native to Ethiopia which is traditionally a symbol of fertility and generosity. In rural Ethiopian culture the tree is also a gathering place for the community.
The project is aimed at the rural population in developing countries where infrastructure is scarce and water shortage is an acute problem.
Costa Cruises will transport the first Warka Water tower on board one of the ships in its fleet operating in Madagascar, where it will be donated to a local community.