The public does not have to rely on outside sources for water, according to Heather Jepsen of Walnut Creek.
Jepsen is operations manager for EcoloBlue, Inc., a company that sells an array of "atmospheric water generators" for homes and businesses that claim to make pure drinking water from the air.
"Imagine a glass of ice water on a warm day, how condensation accumulates on the outside," that's the science behind the products, Jepsen said.
"The basics of the machine are that it draws in air with a fan, then condenses it ... That condensation drips into a collection tank. It then pumps through carbon and reverse osmosis filters to a holding tank that contains UV light, three total in the system," Jepsen said.
And, voila! You have water!
Residential machines run about $1,300 and up and can create up to 8 gallons of water a day, when humidity in the air is about 70 percent, Jepsen said. Some industrial models can create up to 66 to 2,600 gallons a day.
"You can heat or cool the water to your preference, just like a water cooler, she said. "The main difference is that you do not need to have water delivered, or hook up to a municipal water line."
Jepsen adds: "While this technology has been around for a very long time, it seems to be a little known one."
The company's new "A.C.E. Container" was designed for global emergencies, with an atmospheric water generator and a built-in "bottling plant," that can be transported to disaster locations, said Jepsen, who runs the local EcoloBlue distribution operation from warehouses in Pacheco.