Musician Willie Nelson has a new business venture: He is a partner in Willie Nelsonâ€™s Water From Air, the distributor of Wataire International atmospheric water generator units.
Nelson (shown here with one of the units), who cancelled his bottled spring water line because â€œhe canâ€™t stand the plastic bottles,â€ joined the distributorship after owning a Wataire unit and finding the technology â€œenvironmentally sound,â€ Ed Russell, Nelson’s business partner andÂ friend, who founded the Gulf Coast distributorhship about six months ago toldÂ WaterTech Online. â€œWillieâ€™s just waiting to get all of our machines in place, and then heâ€™s going to go full-blown with it.Â Â
According to Russell, Nelson plans to partner with musician Merle Haggard to open a California-based Wataire distributorship. Russell then will be Wataireâ€™s sole Gulf Coast distributor. Russell said his brother Frank Russell, an environmental engineer based in Rochester will head up the Northeast region distributorship. According to Russell, Nelsonâ€™s interest in the Wataire units is because â€œheâ€™s totally green,” Russell said, â€œHe just feels that the world needs a renewable source of drinking water, seeing how all of itâ€™s disappearing or being contaminated.â€Nelson, who has made $5 million in improvements to a Carlâ€™s Corner, TX-based truck stopÂ is installing a commercial-sized atmospheric water generator unit and other cooler-sized units throughout the building. The units will be featured during a grand opening celebration in July at the truck stop, Willieâ€™s Place at Carlâ€™s Corner.The units generate water from the atmosphere, pulling moist air through a HEPA filter, and working much the same way a typical dehumidifying unit does, except that the newly generated water is pushed through a sediment filter, pre- and post-carbon filters, an ultrafine filter, and finally ultraviolet (UV) light before it is stored.
Stored water is recirculated in the UV chamber to retain its potability, Russell said, noting the cooler-sized units retail for $1,499. According to Russell, Nelson cancelled his bottled spring water line out of Arkansas because he canâ€™t stand the plastic bottles. Russell said the bottler â€œwonâ€™t change the bottle and theyâ€™re overpriced.â€
Wataire International has offices in Delta, British Columbia and