Because it almost never rains in San Diego, a Valley Center company decided to make their own rain, bottle it and sell it as drinking water.
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is one of the most unique bottled waters in the world. Its primary source of water is the Pacific Ocean, and the company takes the water from the Pacific, which it has a permit for, and cleans the water using the simplest of methods.
"It's basically as old as the beginning of time," said SolarRain President B.J. Kjaer.
The company creates rain inside a unique filtration system located at SolarRain's Valley Center headquarters.
One year ago, Kjaer started bottling the water, which is much different from the water that could be produced from a giant desalination plant planned for Carlsbad's coast. The desalination process uses reverse osmosis and uses a lot of energy. Kjaer said that process is about 50 percent efficient.
SolarRain is powered by its own solar thermal system. That energy is used to warm the ocean water. The warming creates a man-made cloud in one giant container, and the cloud is pumped into another stainless steel container, where it is cooled and then rains.
According to the company, 6,500 gallons of man-made rainwater is collected and bottled at the Famous Ramona Water plant in, of course, a biodegradable bottle.
"We don't want it floating around the planet for the next 10,000 years," said Kjaer.
The bottles are then shipped in recycled cardboard boxes and wrapped in recycled plastic.
"We're absolutely the only and most sustainable, green bottled water company in the world and we happen to be right here in San Diego," said Kjaer.
SolarRain is already sold in local stores.
Kjaer said several countries in the Middle East and Europe have also contacted him about producing SolarRain on a massive scale.
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