An Engineers always proves to be a life saviors, this time Sonam Wangchuk, who has come up with an innovative way to provide fresh water to villages in Ladakh, one of the high-altitude deserts in the world located in the Himalayas.
Wangchuk sources water from streams and uses it to create artificial glaciers, which store fresh water until it’s needed in springtime.
This is an ICE STUPA
An Glacier 100 feet high in the World’s highest desert
It stores and provides water
For villages high up in the Himalayas, where glacier melt is their lifeline
Sonam Wangchuk says,”This solution that we are working on the ice stupa artificial glaciers is about freezing the water that goes unused in winter into cones of ice. Because of this geometric shape it doesn’t melt until late spring like May or June. Now that’s the time when people are dying for every drop of water.”
He grows his glaciers, sourcing water from streams, gravity pressure builds in the pipe. Water shoots out and freezes at once.
Sonam stupas make the ice lasts until fresh water is needed in spring. Turning the arid mountain land into an oasis. After receiving a grant from Rolex. Sonam will build 20 more glaciers to provide fresh water and sustain crops and livestock all yearlong.