How to make a solar still…
MAKE YOUR OWN RAIN – PURIFY WATER USING THE SUN
What is a solar water distiller?
A solar distiller is basically a simple, waterproof, oblong “box” with a piece of glass on top that the sun shines through, which utilizes the sun’s energy to distill the water. The distilled water is then rendered safe for drinking and cooking, with absolutely no contaminants that are found in regular (potable) water.
How does it work?
How good is the water?
What kind of applications are these stills good for?
For the homeowner, RVers/campers, people in rural areas, solar enthusiasts, survivalists, more. Grant projects, such as those implemented by the El Paso Solar Energy Association (EPSEA) helped people get solar stills, which I was the Project Manager for in the early 2000’s. I installed over 100 stills in west Texas and southern New Mexico, and Mexico, in rural border colonias (poor neighborhoods lacking infrastructure) that are challenged with water problems.
The stills are appropriate technology for these areas because they are site-specific, use no electricity to run, have a quick payback period, require no running water to work, get rid of all contaminants including E-coli, have a life expectancy of 20+ years, and are easy to use and maintain.
They are especially great for people with health problems, or those who live in remote areas where clean water is hard to get. Some folks place river water, or sea water, or other contaminated water into these stills in order to purify it, but simple tap water can be
Learn how to build a solar still
The great thing about solar stills is that you can “make your own rain” at any time on any sunny day. All you need is to build a single basin solar still–these are the most simple distillers to make, yet very effective and efficient. You can generally get about 5 liters of water per day out of a 2×4′ sized still. The cost to build it can run you from $200-350 depending on how many new or used materials you use.
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Below is where you can download FREE PDF (version 1) of How to Make a Solar Water Distiller (v1 2012). It is not the newest version, nor nearly as long as my updated book, but I sold this copy for many years, so it should do the trick if your wallet is short this time around.
If you need full on step-by-step solar water distiller construction plans (coming soon), or would like the full version of my new version 2 book “DIY: How to Build a Solar Water Distiller” (greatly expanded upon compared to the free version 1) you can get that below.
DIY: How to Build a Solar Water Distiller (this is version 2 and has been expanded upon greatly) and is also available on Amazon. Or if you would like to buy a distiller that is commercially made then keep reading below… in the meantime you can also get a copy of my version 2 book on Kindle for $9.99 or if you are an Amazon Prime or KindleUnlimited member the cost is FREE here.
Solar Still Construction Plans
You can also purchase a BOOK copy of the original EPSEA step-by step Solar Water Distiller Construction Plans through my site (paperback book with color pictures – coming soon!) but can be bought through SolAqua as well (NEWSPAPER PRINTED black/white copy only, also $27).
Again, these are step-by-step solar water distiller construction plans so are not available as a freebie; however, remember this How to make a solar water distiller v1 2012 is available at no cost to you to learn the basics of how to build a solar still!
Where you can buy a solar distiller
Single basin stills for an individual or families can be bought commercially at places like SolAqua or you can build the still yourself (SolAqua also has a kit for the hard-to-find items for around $249).
Large solar stills, or commercial or industrial-sized solar water distillers can also be purchased at Suns-River.
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I hope you enjoy making your solar water distiller and drinking ultra-pure water from your own solar water purification unit that you have build yourself!