Phase 1 Comprehension 2

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Miracle water in the dessert.


  1. Vineyard workers pop a premium wine grapevine out of its package and plant it in the soil of Sonoma County, California. Then they plant a package of water right alongside. It’s DRiWATER.


  2. James Walker of Buchanan Vineyard Services, Inc. says, “This allows us to put the plant in with the water supply it needs for a growing season. We can plant it and walk away.”


  3. Like a slowly melting icicle, the package of jelled water will release moisture to the plant for two to three months.


  4. Harold Jensen is the inventor. “Every night and every weekend, my two daughters and my wife would come over, and my two daughters and I had four blenders going, and we made many thousand cups of DRiWATER.”


  5. Finally, they hit on the right formula.


  6. Harold Jensen says, “This is ready to put in the soil, next to the root ball of a plant. I’ll show you what the product is. It’s 97.85% water, 2% vegetable gum, and 0.15% aluminium sulphate.”


  7. He’s patented the idea. Once in the ground, bacteria eat away at the jell, releasing the water.


  8. James Walker’s vineyard service will put ten thousand packages of DRiWATER into the ground with new vines in Sonoma County.


  9. Using jelled, bottled water to grow new vines in a vineyard, is one thing. But it’s quite another to attempt to grow a whole forest in a desert. That’s what they’re trying to do in Egypt.


  10. Egyptians planted two million trees around a new town in the Sahara Desert. Each tree survives on just two quarts of DRiWATER for months at a time until their roots reach ground water.


  11. Creating forests is the reason Jensen invented DRiWATER.


  12. “When I drive out in the desert, among two million little trees, it’s pretty awesome.”


  13. All you need are seedlings, a desert, and a little DRiWATER.



From a news story by

CNN San Francisco Reporter Don Knapp

August 2004