Drought Master: Machine That Pulls Water Out of Thin Air (Updated)

Drought Master: Machine That Pulls Water Out of Thin Air (Updated)

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By Spooky
Oddity Central
August 2, 2011

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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.



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  1. Clint Summer

    Interesting application of the dehumidifier principle. Probably wouldn’t work well in low-humidity areas (and I see that one such product’s web site says as much).

  2. Jim

    Could you please send me prices and measurements for your different indoor models? Also, shipping prices to Salt Lake City, Utah. My zip code is 84101.


  3. Would you please send me prices and measurements for your different indoor models? Also, shipping prices to Garrett Co. Maryland, My zip is 21536.

    Thank You,

  4. Monday England

    Terry, You are my NEW IDOL.
    I have used a dehumidifier for watering container plants but shied away from trying to run it through a pitcher purifier to drink. I love in the Florida Keys and although there is water, water everywhere …. well, fresh water is costly and we DO have Long Dry Spells here.
    I believe potable water will become the Gold Standard one day. Perhaps in my own lifetime. What a great product.
    Sincerest thanks, Monday England

  5. JMo

    This seems like an amazing option for Third World Countries that have no clean drinking water. I look forward to seeing that become reality. Brilliant, Thanks!

  6. Michael Riederer

    Could you please send me the prices and measurements of indoor and outdoor models. Also send info about any restrictions. My Zip Code is 76112. I would enjoy a trip to Austin. This ranks right up there with space age technology.

  7. Chris Staunton

    Can you send me prices and sizing info for all the models. I live in zip code 07066 near the atlantic coast.

    Thank you,


  8. Guys, we are not the ones to contact regarding getting your hands on one of these units. We are just telling you about it — and supplying their contact information. To contact them directly, use the contact information and links that appear at the end of this post, in the RELATED LINKS section.

    And, of course, once you get your hands on one, be sure to come back and tell the rest of us how you like it…

  9. Jbonanno

    Please tell me how to order and the different options

  10. terry

    would like to buy one and have it shipped

  11. Gene Morgan

    Are dealer/distributorships available?

  12. Shianne

    Does anyone know where one of these can be purchased?

  13. George

    You can buy them by going to http://www.thedroughtmaster.com. They are current on backorder but making more from what I heard.

  14. Thanks for the link, George!

  15. The key piece of information is missing from this article. That’s the percentage of humidity in the air that’s required for it to work.

  16. Good point, Joseph. We need someone to do some sleuthing for us and report back. I know some of these kind of units, like the ones manufactured by http://www.aquasciences.com/ and http://www.elementfour.com/work in desert settings, but produce more or less water depending on the moister in the air. I wonder how The Drought Master compares…

  17. I personally own one of these machines. I couldn’t ask for a better tasting water. :)
    In out town the city water is nasty, our well water after the flood tested bad. In my area humidity is low too and I still get good water.
    I am in water heaven! They are on super back order now. Everyone wants them!

  18. Margy Pezdirtz

    I’m trying to figure out how to purchase the Drought Master – could you please help me. I would like to drive to your location, pay cash, pick it up and drive home. What is an address and/or phone number, please.

  19. Looks like they are having trouble meeting the demand. Terry, the inventor, has this to say on their contact page:

    “Thank you for your interest in the DroughtMaster Water Generator. Because of many requests from around the world; I have decided to create a dvd that shows how to build your own water generator.”

    Here’s where to go for more information:


  20. Valentin Brandus

    please let me have an offer for one unit
    of drought-master machine (as a trial lot)
    for final destination Romaniaa
    Maybe You can send me an e-mail address.
    Faithfully Yours
    Valentin Brandus

  21. I would like to get info on your product as I have just purchased 40 acres in Big Ben Country of Terlingua, Brewster County. It is pretty desolate as far as utilities and I am using this property for off the grid living.

    Please contact me as soon as possible. I am looking for a home unit as well as for my raised bed garden.

    Thank you,


  22. Erica

    Im thinking this must be bogus – I’ve sent two emails requesting information and have heard from no one…..I’m not expecting and immediate response but two months is a ridiculous amount of time to wait!

  23. Robert E Jones, Sr

    what are your prices and can these be operated or come with solar panels.

  24. Kola Fajana

    How do I buy one? Please contact me on 202-391-1040

  25. Billy

    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.

  26. Clint Summer

    I really appreciated Terry’s openness in telling the performance figures for the “Traveler” model. I’m hoping to get similar figures for other models. From his figures – 3.5 gallons in 24 hours at 410 watts – we get almost 10 kilowatt-hours used to produce 3.5 gallons, or about 2.8 KW-hrs per gallon. At the high prices we pay for electricity, that would come to about 70 cents per gallon. Might be half that if your rates are more reasonable. I figure our cost per KW-hr simply by dividing the total bill amount by the usage. Multiply that by 2.8 to get your actual cost per gallon with the “Traveler.” The other products are hopefully much more efficient.

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