- "These machines are responsible for gathering this planet's single most valuable resource: water."
- ―A moisture farmer to a droid
The device comprised any number of tall slender refrigerated pipes (usually one). When hot, moist air came into contact with one of the frigid tubes, the humidity immediately condensed into droplets of pure water that ran down the tubes and into underground storage tanks.
A properly maintained moisture vaporator could usually collect enough water to sustain three average Humans, even on hot desert planets like Tatooine, and Geonosis; water could be collected from air with a moisture content of as little as 1.3%. Because of the delicate nature of the machines, regular maintenance was usually required.
During the Jedi Civil War, Czerka Corporation was known to produce vaporators for use in its more arid outposts, such as Anchorhead on the planet Tatooine. Former Sith Lord Revan was known to have obtained several of these as part of a negotiated deal with a local tribe of Tusken Raiders.
The Tatooine Moisture Farm Collective existed to protect the planet's water supply. Together with the Bestine Chamber of Commerce, they sometimes employed hunters to kill the wild creatures that damaged the vaporators. One Tatooine moisture farm, the Lars homestead, had 63 separate GX-8 water vaporators on property.
Behind the scenesEdit
After filming A New Hope, the vaporators outside the Lars homestead were left there, and are still visited by tourists to the Tunisian desert.
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