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Proserpinian 09-16-2008 06:29 AM

De-Humidifiers and Water Purification
 
Hey everybody. I thought this idea would be good to share in this arena of discussion. Let's say you might be in a bit of a pickle and need water for whatever. I was wondering what everybody's thoughts were on using the water from dehumidifiers, finding a way to purify the water they produce somehow, and storing it?? Let me know if anybody can add to this idea. Thanks.

doodah 09-16-2008 06:48 AM

Re: De-Humidifiers and Water Purification
 
I've researched this before. Almost everybody says not to use dehumidifier water -- straight, anyway. But to use it after some purification process, yes, why not?

One of the coolest purification methods I've seen so far goes something like this:
1. You get a bunch of unglazed clay flowerpots.
2. Plug the holes in the bottom of them.
3. Stack them up, maybe 5 high, one inside the other.
4. Put water in the top one.
5. The water slowly percolates down through the first clay pot, then the second, third, etc., until all the water has been filtered through clay.

I haven't tried this construction, but am keeping it in mind for when I come across some cheap clay pots. This sounds to me like it would work, and it's energy-free. All it would require is some planning in advance, once you know how long it takes for the full process.

By the way, I don't waste hardly any water. This summer I hooked my air conditioner drain spout to a 32-gallon Rubbermaid trash can and collected about 64 gallons of water, which I used to water vegetables. They're growing fine, so I guess they liked it. An air conditioner is just a dehumidifier that sits in your window and puts out cool air. So, really, if you have a dehumidifier, and electricity, you can make water!

I feel like I have to apologize for using an air conditioner, but I live in a very humid climate. This summer I didn't use it all that much, but to get 64 gallons of water tells you how humid it can be. When it gets to be 85 degrees and 80% humidity, and all my printer paper is getting soggy, I do use it. It's a very efficient unit, energywise.

Proserpinian 09-16-2008 07:21 AM

Re: De-Humidifiers and Water Purification
 
That's an awesome idea, thanks. I'll have to remember to do that with an air conditioner. Thanks a bunch

QtesUKStoke 09-16-2008 10:23 AM

Re: De-Humidifiers and Water Purification
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by doodah (Post 14254)
I've researched this before. Almost everybody says not to use dehumidifier water -- straight, anyway. But to use it after some purification process, yes, why not?

One of the coolest purification methods I've seen so far goes something like this:
1. You get a bunch of unglazed clay flowerpots.
2. Plug the holes in the bottom of them.
3. Stack them up, maybe 5 high, one inside the other.
4. Put water in the top one.
5. The water slowly percolates down through the first clay pot, then the second, third, etc., until all the water has been filtered through clay.

I haven't tried this construction, but am keeping it in mind for when I come across some cheap clay pots. This sounds to me like it would work, and it's energy-free. All it would require is some planning in advance, once you know how long it takes for the full process.

By the way, I don't waste hardly any water. This summer I hooked my air conditioner drain spout to a 32-gallon Rubbermaid trash can and collected about 64 gallons of water, which I used to water vegetables. They're growing fine, so I guess they liked it. An air conditioner is just a dehumidifier that sits in your window and puts out cool air. So, really, if you have a dehumidifier, and electricity, you can make water!

I feel like I have to apologize for using an air conditioner, but I live in a very humid climate. This summer I didn't use it all that much, but to get 64 gallons of water tells you how humid it can be. When it gets to be 85 degrees and 80% humidity, and all my printer paper is getting soggy, I do use it. It's a very efficient unit, energywise.


Great idea! thx for sharing :original:

Antaletriangle 09-16-2008 05:27 PM

Re: De-Humidifiers and Water Purification
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by doodah (Post 14254)
I've researched this before. Almost everybody says not to use dehumidifier water -- straight, anyway. But to use it after some purification process, yes, why not?

One of the coolest purification methods I've seen so far goes something like this:
1. You get a bunch of unglazed clay flowerpots.
2. Plug the holes in the bottom of them.
3. Stack them up, maybe 5 high, one inside the other.
4. Put water in the top one.
5. The water slowly percolates down through the first clay pot, then the second, third, etc., until all the water has been filtered through clay.

I haven't tried this construction, but am keeping it in mind for when I come across some cheap clay pots. This sounds to me like it would work, and it's energy-free. All it would require is some planning in advance, once you know how long it takes for the full process.

By the way, I don't waste hardly any water. This summer I hooked my air conditioner drain spout to a 32-gallon Rubbermaid trash can and collected about 64 gallons of water, which I used to water vegetables. They're growing fine, so I guess they liked it. An air conditioner is just a dehumidifier that sits in your window and puts out cool air. So, really, if you have a dehumidifier, and electricity, you can make water!

I feel like I have to apologize for using an air conditioner, but I live in a very humid climate. This summer I didn't use it all that much, but to get 64 gallons of water tells you how humid it can be. When it gets to be 85 degrees and 80% humidity, and all my printer paper is getting soggy, I do use it. It's a very efficient unit, energywise.

Cheers, great idea and simple; always the best!

lovnstars86 09-17-2008 12:57 AM

Re: De-Humidifiers and Water Purification
 
I know that this is kinda out there, but does anyone have a subscription to earthfiles.com?

QtesUKStoke 09-17-2008 09:29 AM

Re: De-Humidifiers and Water Purification
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by lovnstars86 (Post 15709)
I know that this is kinda out there, but does anyone have a subscription to earthfiles.com?

:sad:

GregorArturo 09-17-2008 09:02 PM

Re: De-Humidifiers and Water Purification
 
Found this website, cached version though (the original wasn't fully working):
http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:...lnk&cd=1&gl=us

And here is a PDF from the website, :
http://info.anu.edu.au/ovc/media/_pd..._final_web.pdf

mntruthseeker 09-17-2008 09:20 PM

Re: De-Humidifiers and Water Purification
 
It never siezes to amaze me at the knowledge that I gain from this site.

Very interesting ideas to all regarding the water. I am on oxygen and I stocked on the purified water but untild today, I didnt have a clue how to do it myself



Youre all wonderul


:biggrin2:

GregorArturo 09-17-2008 09:46 PM

Re: De-Humidifiers and Water Purification
 
http://jmooneyham.com/watp.html

Great document listing tons of water extraction/purification techniques from various survival guides. Includes the clay one, but it says use 3 unglazed pots, stack them, and put it pieces of brick, sand, iron for it to filter through to.


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