Smithville business bottles rainwater

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by Belo Content KVUE

Andrew Chung / KVUE Storm Team Meterologist

Posted on November 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 11 at 11:21 PM

SMITHVILLE, Texas -- Water bottles march down the line at Texas Rain in Smithville. This company collects rainwater, purifies it, and sells it as drinking water.

Even with the crippling drought last year, David Schraub, the company's owner, wasn't worried. Smithville got only 12 inches of rain in 2011.

"Even during the drought, we had plenty of water left over, since we only need about seven to ten inches a year to operate our manufacturing facility," said Schraub.

 

 

You may be wondering how Texas Rain survived the crippling drought last year when there was no rain. Well the secret lies in a huge roof. It is a rain collector. Schraub says it takes just one inch of rain to give 12,000 gallons of water.

 

That roof is 18,000 square feet- about one-third the size of a football field.

Rainwater flows from the roof into one of eleven storage tanks, which can together hold nearly 140,000 gallons.

While this assembly line may look routine, Schraub says his business is on a roll.

Last year, he sold bottled rainwater to nearly 180 different clients. This year, that number is close to 300.

His business has become so successful, an NFL team is now buying his water.

"We now have the St. Louis Rams' label, the NFL team, that we're shipping to the dome, to the training camp, to the 75-mile radius of St. Louis. So that's a pretty big account for us now," said Schraub.

Of course, this company is called Texas Rain, and UT is a client. The water made for Texas is marketed as "H-2-Orange."

Rainwater is cleaner and doesn't have the minerals present in regular bottled water. Nor is it treated with chlorine.

It's a booming business for Texas Rain. You could say the floodgates are now open.

 

 

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