Assuming there is a light wind, that construction is partly shaded and a constant water pouring and evaporation of the material is occurring due to the breeze.

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Yes, if the humidity of the incoming air is low. This is the "evaporative cooling" (swamp cooler) method used for air conditioning in very dry climates (e.g., Albuquerque, NM). It is not effective if the incoming air is not dry (as in Houston). See discussions on adiabatic saturation in a thermodynamics textbook, such as one by Sonntag and van Wylen.


To effectively cool a medium-sized room via evaporation requires about 12 square feet of evaporator surface and 4 inches of thickness of water-saturated evaporation pads plus about 1/3 horsepower worth of continuous air flow that does not recirculate, and several gallons/hour of water supply. The maximum temperature depression achievable in practice this way is about 20 degrees F assuming very low ambient humidity like in the desert.

In comparison, a window-mounted single wet sheet without a fan will be ineffective.


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