How Does It Work

The International Water Grid will see all major rivers in the world diverting 3-5% of their outflows into the ocean for the purpose of re-foresting the desert.

Stage 1

    1. The process will commence with LAP Flo technology used to harvest river waters temporarily storing it before it is transported by tankers to the Water Hubs for irrigation purposes.
    2. This movement by first standard, then specially built tankers driven by primarily renewable energy designed for very large volume, deep-water and non-canal traversing routes will be used whilst the under-ocean pipelines are under construction. 
    3. These ships are designed to discharge their water cargo off shore to floating rigs.
    4. These rigs are connected by undersea pipes to the land-based Water Hubs for further distribution via renewable energy driven land-based piping systems providing drip irrigation to pre-grown plants to re-forest the arid lands.

Stage 2

    1. The under-ocean pipe systems will be up-scaled initially from the currently available 4m diameter to the new technology 10m diameter pipes to meet the required flow rates using the LAP Flo pumping system. 
    2. The natural buoyancy of the water and the small inward pressure differentials created by a “freshwater pipe in seawater” allows these special pipes to be laid at depths up to 4,000m. 
    3. The pipelines will be connected to floating rigs and under-ocean buffer storage in strategic transit areas to sectionalize the grid as a security measure and also act as intersections to redirect flow.
    4. Atolls challenged by rising sea levels along the international routes of these pipes will be buffered against rising seawater and utilized as transit points for freshwater storage.


The present state of technology and the speed at which the greening of deserts needs to take place to minimize the major climate catastrophe will require:

Up-scaling the current under-ocean plastic water pipe technologies that currently stand at:

      • Maximum diameter of 4 metres
      • Length of 600m
      • Laying speed of 500-1,000m per hour
      • Lifetime in excess of 100 years
Technology – Agru America pipes on water

‘Courtesy of Agru America, Inc.’

Use of new LAP-Flo Technology developed by IWG for pumping large water flows:

      • Using air displacement
      • With lower energy needs 
      • Ability to construct with renewable energy source
      • Easy volumetric flow measurement
      • Impeller-less for less maintenance
      • Marine life friendly
      • Connectible to large diameter pipes without reducers
      • Quick reversal of flow direction

The IWG is also developing specific technology for:

    • Harvesting water during periods of excessive rainfall 
    • Laying of the pipes under the ocean
    • Storing water under the ocean systems
    • Developing mobile river water harvesting, cleaning and measurement systems

plus other viable concepts to make this ambitious project a reality.

Future Developments 

Leveraging on the technological developments of the petroleum industry over the last century, IWG through mutualism will be able to accelerate delivery of this urgent planetary endeavour.

Some of the areas include development and/or scaling up of the following:

    1. Supply chain management for sustainability tracking
    2. Rainfall tracking and prediction software
    3. Under-ocean water storage and retrieval systems
    4. Rapid desert re-forestation and protection systems
    5. Rapid deployment of drip irrigation systems
    6. Water management systems
    7. Sand dune containment systems
    8. Agro-tech for deserts
    9. Autonomous shipping
    10. Sustainable desalination
    11. Wave energy

And many more …


The International Water Grid (IWG) is a forward-thinking project that offers an immediate solution to global warming, whilst providing a sustainable and profitable transition for the oil and coal industries.

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