AUSTIN (KXAN) - It might not turn water into wine, but it can turn ordinary H2-O into something that can help knock down fires.
Travis County Firefighters showed how adding a new substance to water creates a gel that acts as a fire retardant.
The product is called TetraKO .
The powder is made with cornstarch and creates a gel when mixed with water. Firefighters can use it to coat a home or building to prevent a fire's spread.
Or it helps to put out an active fir 10 times faster than water alone.
And it's cost-efficient -- about half the price per gallon of foams fire departments now use.
But the main question for Travis County Fire when considering this product: Just how well does it work?
"It works very well, and that's what I was looking for," said Travis County ESD 4 Chief Flo Soliz, "Is it going to be able to do what we all think it's going to do? And it does. It protects and it gives us an opportunity -- a fighting chance as they say."
The company that makes TetraKO says it's environmentally friendly, natural and bio-degradable.
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