Texas Inventor Makes Water Out of Thin Air, Beats Drought

Terry LeBleu of Granite Shoals, Texas, is one of the few people who can honestly say he’s not worried about water restrictions in these times of drought, and that’s because he has the Drought Master, a machine that makes water out of air.

The concept of LeBleu’s water-making machine is pretty simple – the Drought Master’s generator sucks in moisture-laden air, condenses it, then exhausts the purified air and captures the water, which is filtered and ready for drinking. ”These make pure water,” LeBleu says.  “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.” The clever invention is now on the market, and locals are already using it to beat the severe drought.

All you have to do is plug the Drought Master into an electric outlet and it will take care of the rest. According to its inventor, the machine can produce between 5 to 7 gallons of drinkable water a day, at just 4 cents of electricity cost per gallon. It beats buying bottled water from the supermarket, and LeFleur says his water samples met the 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. It contains no metals like zinc and copper, nor any coliform bacteria, and Terry says the company that analyzed the water likened it to sterilized distilled water.

Local celebrity Willy Nelson has bought 50 Drought Master machines so far, and LeFleur is currently working on another one for his tour bus. Drought Master comes in 27 different styles and costs between $499 amd $519. Kind of steep, but I’m thinking it’s worth it in the long run.

 

via WTHITV


   

Feedback (21 Comments)

  • Steve Spence Posted on August 2, 2011

    AWG’s (Atmospheric Water Generators) have been around for years. Basically a dehumidifier with a filter. How is this new?

  • Kervin Posted on August 2, 2011

    It takes the remaining moisture out of the air? Would this or would this not perpetuate drought?

  • Spooky Posted on August 2, 2011

    Maybe, but not for the person using the device :)

  • rothiri Posted on August 2, 2011

    If they could make this solar power it would be perfect and many places are in drought conditions are suffering from droughts with high humidity – this would be perfect (if you could scale it up and make it solar powered) to helping with local water problems. And it does not “perpetuate drought”

  • ashfordpam Posted on August 3, 2011

    how much is it? where can I get one?

  • Spooky Posted on August 3, 2011

    there’s a link to his Drought Master site in the post

  • Andrew Posted on August 3, 2011

    The guys has strapped a dehumidifier to a barrel. This is not an invention.

  • Bocephus Posted on August 3, 2011

    Is that what made his hair look like that?

  • big sky Posted on August 4, 2011

    hey steve did not see your blog there but your right whats the all the commotion about hes smart for doing it but how do you gat a patent on something already invented i guess if you change some thing on it that would be good and he is getting all this exposure i saw the story on local 2 news so hes making money and thats what counts with this economy I would love to make some and sell em.

  • big sky Posted on August 4, 2011

    whats up this not rocket science its a glorified dehumidifier thats all how did the patent office apprve that

  • Andria Posted on August 4, 2011

    Could these not be set up for solar power and used for the people in drought stricken areas of Africa?

  • Pablo Posted on August 8, 2011

    hey People…do something!!! this is a good “invention”. The core of this machine is what we have to talk about, not if it is a copy, adaptation or something else. If you can make one…makeone or two or three!!!don’t talk or write about it.

  • Gale Yarber Posted on August 9, 2011

    Hi, I am Terry’s girlfriend Gale Yarber. If you want to see other invention ideas go to http://www.droughtmasters.net and from there link onto the water machines/systems to get more info on water machines. This will take you to http://www.thedroughtmaster.com Thank you for the interest!

  • Carole Cox Posted on August 11, 2011

    Hi, Gale Yarber…I think Terry LeBleu must be an exceedingly brilliant man. I’ve read about several of his inventions, including the Drought Master; also about efforts to simplify his invention to power it, hopefully somehow other than electricity, so people in areas of the world where water is scarce will have the ability to “make” water. From what I read, Terry is (or was) in the process of simplifying that slightly more complex machine that could run it, and I’m wondering if he’s made any real progress on it, and when the combination of Drought Master and power supply might be available commercially, and the cost.

    I’m from the USA but living now in the Mexican highlands, where some people don’t have access to running water and have to pay to have water delivered to tanks on the roof. This would be an excellent solution for some of my friends here….if we could figure out how to get it imported into Mexico. Would it be possible for you to give me an update and whatever information you may have now. I’ve read everything on that website, but do you have any information on some of his other inventions? I think this is all fascinating, and it CERTAINLY doesn’t sound like a dehumidifier to me!

    If this principle could be applied on a very large scale, such as a HUGE Drought Master machine, it seems that some of the drought problems I’ve been reading about in Texas and elsewhere could be tackled by big business or government. Sorry to ramble on, but this concept is soooo important to the world that I am just “jazzed up” about it.

  • The Lars Family Posted on September 27, 2011

    This is all very nice, but has any thought been given to the effect this will have on moisture farmers? Or the Jawas that depend on the income derived from selling droids that understand the binary language of vaporators, never mind the vaporator manufacturing industry? Maybe it’s better those Jawas, Uncle Owen, and Aunt Beru were turned into charred corpses by stormtroopers… at least they didn’t have to bear the pain of watching their entire way of life destroyed by Mr. LeBleu and his so-called DroughtMaster. Don’t try to teach Sandpeople how to swing a Gaffi stick, Mr. LeBleu- Tatooine doesn’t need any of your “clever inventions”; go jump in the Sarlacc if you don’t like it!

  • Billy Posted on December 12, 2011

    Dehumidifiers run about $50. If you can’t find one, put a bucket under an A/C unit. This made me lose respect for Willie Nelson.

  • estella Posted on February 28, 2012

    hey its very nice……….. iam very proud of u LEBLEU , i like this very much , is there any disadvantage regarding this…………..?