- Simon Edwards
Use surplus merchant ships as "Rain Boats". Modified vessels will follow tropical low pressure systems and harvest rain for needy countries.
Modify large ships with lined holds suitable for water. Equip with deployable catchment "sails" that are deployed to capture rain and funnel into the lined holds.
These vessels would follow the tropical and sub-tropical low pressure systems (ex-cyclones are an example) that produce prodigious amounts of precipitation. When full, the vessel would then proceed to locations of need around the world and offload the water through filters, so it is immediately potable.
Vessels could be refurbished and donated by appropriate donor entities. Vessels such as this would be ideal to be repainted in sponsors colours, so wherever in the world they were deployed, the sponsors message would be clear and apparent.
I envisage that it would operate as a non-profit organisation, possibly under the auspices of a large NGO.