Wednesday, October 15, 2008

DRIP SPOT: ED RUSSELL (AND WILLIE NELSON)

The Statesman has an article on Willie Nelson's partnership with Ed Russell of Dripping Springs and their water-from-air venture. The aptly named company Willie Nelson's Water From Air will market and sell machines that condense water from the air, clean it, and make it drinkable. How the machines from Canada got to Dripping Springs and then to Willie is almost as interesting as what they actually do. Per the article:

"The machine works like a de-humidifier, extracting moisture from the air, then pushing it through a series of filters before treating it with ultraviolet light to remove mold, bacteria, algae and other organisms. The water is stored in a reservoir, where it is chilled or heated for drinking.

A home-sized version of Wataire's machine, which is manufactured in South Korea, makes about 8 gallons of water a day in Austin's relatively high humidity. (In drier environments it makes about 4 or 5 gallons a day.) Larger versions of the machines can make 2,500 or 5,000 gallons a day. "

Find out how Dripping got in the loop and more about the machine here.