Updated: Friday, 21 Dec 2012, 6:34 PM EST
Published : Friday, 21 Dec 2012, 6:31 PM EST
PAWCATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) -- Water is essential to life. We drink it, bath in it and need it to grow fruits and vegetables. But in one Connecticut town, water will also mean job creation starting next year.
With a flip of a switch, folks at Airwell H2O say they can take water from the Pawcatuck Rver, it's trademark brownish color in the first tank and turn it into purified water.
All due to a purification system Robert Wood says is like no other.
"It's clean, it's clear, and it's safe to drink and again, it's really delicious," Wood said.
It all begins in a silver box. Airwell H2O uses chemicals to split the oxygen into O1 molecules and that is mixed into the water stream through a series of pipes.
"O1 is the ultimate oxide. It will eliminate any biological and address most chemical that's in the water," Greg Scheurer of Airwell H20.
The start up has taken over this 6,500 square foot building in Pawcatuck with plans to expand in the next year. It expects to hire 150 people and then five hundred more with a third disabled veterans.
"They'll be doing everything from assembly to administration to engineering and everything we need to operate our company," Wood said.
Another part of this operation is in a different room. They actually pumped in humidity and this hyper-dehumidifier actually takes the moisture out of the air and turns it into clean drinking water.
All of it will be solar powered and able to be brought into remote areas for military operations, disaster relief, and resorts which many times have to truck in their water.
"The world needs water. It needs fresh water sources and drinking water sources and we're running out of them," Wood said.
Filling one need may end up filling another, more jobs.