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PACHECO (CBS13) — It’s drought-busting technology that sounds so futuristic, it’s right out of Star Wars.

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Luke Skywalker’s aunt and uncle in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope ran a moisture farm where they would draw moisture from the arid climate of Tatooine with moisture vaporators.

Nearly 40 years after that movie was released, a Bay Area company is making something similar called atmospheric water generators.

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The machines from Ecoloblue make purified drinking water out of thin air in Pacheco.

After eight years in business, owner Wayne Ferreira says it took a historic drought for people to finally take notice.

“People are starting to realize that they need to make changes. The water’s running out and they’re looking for options,” he said.

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