COLORADO CITY, TX (KWES) - New technology to make water was unveiled in Colorado City on Wednesday. The company behind it has been around for 3 years. Mainly offering their services to the military, now they are figuring out where in Texas they would like to expand to.
Water is a necessity we often take for granted.
"If all you have is contaminated water. You have a problem," said John Vollmer, President and CEO of AWG Technologies.
Many cities struggle with providing clean water to residents, but a new technology could change how we get our water and the quality of it.
"When that water comes out, pour it in a glass jar and hold it up direct to the sun and you won't see anything floating in it," said Vollmer.
Vollmer and his partner, Alexander Ermakov, started working together 3 years ago to develop this technology.
Ermakov had been perfecting it for 16 years.
The way it works is simple, but actually making the equipment is complicated.
"We create the artificial process inside the machine, making the same natural phenomenon, precipitation," said Ermakov.
The machine pulls water from the air turning it into drinking water. The last step removes all solids, producing pure gallons of water for just a few cents on the dollar.
The technology is being used overseas in areas with contaminated water and by the military in remote locations.
"It's easy to manipulate and move anywhere you need it. It makes water, just instantly," said Ermakov.
Vollmer and his partner are now trying to figure out where to create distribution areas in the state of Texas.
The technology and efficiency has been has been unmatched.
"The military told us they worked on technology like this and they couldn't even get close to us. They were astounded when they saw that," said Vollmer.
After hearing about the history of Colorado City, the company behind the technology had some interest.
Colorado City was ahead of the times when they began offering pressurized water into homes in 1880's.
Jo Rivera is from the area and suggested the expansion into his hometown.
"We've always known this area to be dry and harsh and water has always been a very precious resource and we have always been achieving resource from the ground. Tell this to our grand kids, 'Don't look down for water. Look up. That's where the water is at, in our atmosphere," said Rivera.
The company is working with the mayor.
The city could serve as one of several distribution points or technical locations in the state. The technology could even be used as a primary or emergency water source.