Pennies From Heaven
Readers Digest – April 2004

Money may not grow on trees, but for Richard Heinichen of Dripping Springs, Texas, it does fall from the sky. Using a half-acre collection system, he gathers rain water, filters it, bottles it – and sells it for a buck a pint. Heinichen (sounds like the beer), who claims he’s selling enough precipitation to break even, began saving the stuff after moving to Dripping Springs 14 years ago. “My well water was so hard it made my hair look like a fright wig, and it tasted like chalk,” he explains. But cloud juice is mineral-free. “It’s so refreshing,” he says, “It tastes like nothing.”