Invention Makes H2O Out of Thin Air

By Jacqueline Ingles via kxan.com

Terry LeBleu of Granite Shoals in the Texas Hill Country is not worried about how to water his lawn or water restrictions in this time of drought. He also is not rushing out to buy bottled water. That is because he invented a machine that makes water out of the air.

The machine is called the Drought-Master.

“These make pure water,” said LeBleu. “The water never touches the ground. It is strictly straight out of the air. We have oceans of water in the air, in the sky. All you have to do is pull it out and condense it down.”

LeBleu said moisture-laden air is pulled through the machine’s generator, condenses it and then exhausts the purified air. The captured water is then filtered and is actually drinkable.

“It is ready on demand. It is good emergency water,” he explained.

The patented machine is now on the market and plugs into an electric outlet. It can produce 5- to 7- gallons a day.

LeBleu sent water samples for analysis to Stevens Ecology in Mosier, Ore. According to the company, the test water samples based on standards set up by the Environmental Protection Agency, Association of Analytical Chemists, American Public Health Association, American Water Works Association and the Water Pollution Control Federation.

Test results show that the water LeBleu’s machine makes is free of metals like zinc and copper and has no coliform bacteria.

LeBleu said the company likened his water to sterilized distilled water.

A few Hill Country residents have LeBleu’s machine in and around their homes. Even local celebrities like Willie Nelson bought a couple and has them on his ranch.

“Willie has 50 of them and I am working on one for his tour bus,” LeBleu added.

His machine comes in 27 different styles and can cost anywhere from $499-$519.

More information can be found on LeBleu’s web site, www.droughtmasters.net.


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  • Paul de

    Here’s a water usage calculator; http://www.csgnetwork.com/waterusagecalc.html Let’s say two people live together, taking no showers or baths and washing no clothes. They wash their dishes by hand. They never water their lawn or garden. I get 38 gallons per day.

    Another factor to consider; how humid is the air in your region?

    This gadget looks like an adequate emergency system, and perhaps entertaining for impressing your friends, but not suitable for regular use.

    • I have to disagree. I currently was dishes by hand, do my laundry elsewhere, bathe elsewhere, and I flush but usually if it is yellow..I let it mellow. I have no running water to my house right now and get by on rainwater, grey water usage, and occasionally purchased distilled water by the gallon. I can go easily on 4 gallons a day and that covers myself and another. I won’t go into my situation or reasons.. suffice it to say that I am amazed what a small amount of water it truly takes to survive and how much we WASTE on a daily basis.
      Did you know that you can force-flush your toilet using just .8 gallons of water and save a gallon per flush?

  • Mark Gailmor

    He didn’t invent anything new. This type of device has been around for a few years on a much larger scale. Five to Seven gallons is nothing. I need more.

    http://skywater.com/products/high-volume-water-making-machines

    • Wake Up World

      Thanks mark for sharing that. Its great to see that these inventions have moved into the mainstream

  • ScottDW

    I’ve had one of these machines for years – it is called a dehumidifier. The water may not be pure, but I’d be willing to bet it can be filtered and used for drinking water.

  • Alan

    This machine is just a dehumidifier. It produces distilled water, which is like bron water but without all the benificial trace elements. The water tastes bad and costs an unnecessarry amount of power. Not particularly alternative and bumped up prices…

  • This article does not mention the fact that this device needs power. The key question is how much energy is needed to produce the water. Obviously, this will depend on the temperature and humidity of the air. At least a few data points ought to be provided.