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Mexican Solar Still

Posted 07-07-2014 at 05:20 PM by rokytnji
Updated 01-20-2022 at 08:53 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.

There are other options like the Water Cone

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.

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

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.

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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    Video on pedal filtration

    This looks useful as I know from personal experience how heavy water is when one needs to haul it a few miles/kilometers.

    If too invalid physically to pedal a trike . Have your local mechanic do this to the above bike.

    My Hydration Pack < Backpack Canteen > in the desert while riding motorcycle is a

    Of course. If un-prepared. The roads are lined with empty litre bottle trash and string to make a carry canteen. Just make a slip knot and slip over the neck. Make another slip knot on the other end of the string and slip that around the base of your bottle.

    Being a big guy. I prefer 3 litre side of road bottles.

    Strap that across your shoulder and you are golden.

    Above videos are just examples. I have no personal connection to anything I posted in my blog .
    Posted 08-27-2018 at 12:28 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline


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