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Mexican Solar Still

Posted 07-07-2014 at 06:20 PM by rokytnji

Here in the Desert. Like in Colonias with no fresh drink water.
One needs to think on their feet.
Here is a basic small example on how a Mexican solar still works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m408EZTGD64

There are other options like the Water Cone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNiPXfW605w

But the Hispanics here build their own gear from scrap like in the 1st video.

My well in Esperanza is 10 foot to water. Just like here in Pecos Texas.
But the water is salty. Unless you drill down a 100 or more feet on down.
So in a pinch. One can wash clothes and flush the toilet with well water.
Use a solar still for cooking and drinking water from the well.

In a pinch. Because I am a Desert creature. One can make their own water filter out of a 3 litre bottle. Some rocks, gravel, Cotton ball or raw cotton (cut up fabric will work also),sand,burnt mesquite wood made into charcoal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQu-xCVa1fo

using the above method though requires (if no electricity available) either boiling the water over a campfire or some bleach.

Quote:
Ratio of Clorox Bleach to Water for Purification

2 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per quart of water
8 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per gallon of water
1/2 teaspoon Regular Clorox Bleach per five gallons of water
If water is cloudy, double the recommended dosages of Clorox Bleach.

Only use Regular Clorox Bleach (not Fresh Scent or Lemon Fresh). To insure that Clorox Bleach is at its full strength, rotate or replace your storage bottle minimally every three months.
http://www.csgnetwork.com/h2oemergencypurifycalc.html

As water becomes more scarce like we have in the desert climate. This will become more relevant as time passes on.

Happy Trails, Rok
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