By Nick Janes


EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in a five-part series exploring California’s drought. To read this story in its entirety and the other parts as they go live every night this week, visit here.

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

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.

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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