Photo: © Al Forbes 2016
It was the culmination of my Life’s work – it had taken thirty years and all of my savings. Running on solar power, this highly portable unit can draw water from even the driest atmosphere. In a world struggling to cope with climate change, I knew it would become a lifesaver – as long as I could find a buyer.
I searched companies that would sell the unit at an affordable price. I almost had a deal worked out, but then got an offer I couldn’t refuse – from one of the big boys in bottled water.
Eau Chute! no less. They won me over with the hard sell. They told me how they could drive the price down with their volume of sales. They would have hi-tech manufacturing plants set up within 12 months. The royalties deal, and a directorship for me was very generous, but it didn’t matter. That’s not why I signed on the dotted line.
I was truly excited as I attended my first Board meeting at ‘Chute Chateau’, their luxury corporate headquarters. But I got a frosty reception. My credentials were invalid. After a brief exchange, I was thrown out on the street by security.
I got back home to find I’d been broken into. All my hard drives were missing. The only evidence of my work was, no doubt, in a vault at the Chateau. Apparently, no one at Eau Chute! had any knowledge of who I was. Those corporate raiders could now sell my machine as their own.
I sat back and waited for the product to appear. But nothing. And that was ten years ago. Maybe they’re just waiting for a global fresh water crisis?
Now, I use every waking hour to create a more efficient machine. I’m crowdfunding as I go, and everything is in the public domain. So, if you want to save lives, and get one over on Eau Chute!, give what you can.
Every drop helps!
This story is inspired by the photo supplied by Al Forbes of Sunday Photo Fiction, January 3rd 2016. For more details click the logo.
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