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Atmospheric Water Generator

Introduction
I can't drink the water supplied from our city,  and the atmospheric Water generators out there cost more than many can afford.  So I made one for a little over $300.  That is one sixth the price of a lowest costing unit sold online.

Parts
1 - New Dehumidifier (this brand is Kolin) $225
1 - New Extreme Water Filter system (hardware or Home shops) $125 in the US.
1 - 32" piece of clear vinyl tubing (found at Aquarium shops) $3
1 - Servo Voltage Regulator (in case of power fluctuations) $75
2 - 4"X9" 3M scrubber pads $2
1 - Zip tie 10cents

Tools
3/4 inch drill with a 1/2 inch drill bit
Philip Screwdriver
Scissors

Instructions
1) Remove all covers to your new dehumidifier. Rinse inside out thoroughly with garden hose don't use high pressure it will damage condenser flanges. dry completely before using.
2) Remove knock out for hose on back cover
3) Run clear vinyl tube through knock out and attach to hose connector inside the Dehumidifier (this will by pass the
internal one gallon reservoir )
4) Cut the 3M scrubber pads to fit air filter holder on front of machine for air filter (original filter does not trap a lot
of dust) attach filter holder to front panel.
5) Wash water filter Unit and filter before use. This unit has a 1 micron ceramic filter in top and a five stage filter in
the bottom.
6) Drill hole in top of filter unit and run vinyl tubing into the filter. Be sure not to crimp hose. Place top on filter
unit.
7) Plug unit into servo regulator and you are ready to make water from the air.

Turn on machine run for 6-8 hours depending on humidity levels to fill upper filter area.
Allow water to filter into the lower storage area.
Water comes out Neutral at 6.0 pH after filters it will be around 7.4-8.0 depending on what type of mineralization filters you used
<p>What do you do in the winter when the temperature is below freezing? Do you just keep it inside where it is warm?</p>
<p>I am interested in making this. I would like to know what specific product are you currently using for the following:</p><p>Dehumidifier?</p><p>Water Filter system?</p><p>Solar power system (if you did this)?</p>
<p>the Kolen dehumidifier is still in use, a Steffani Colloidal Silver ceramic Candle filter on top to take out bacteria and viruses to 1 micron, and a Berky PF-4 heavy metal filter on the bottom to ensure no metal leaching from the dehumidifier gets into water. The water is like rain water and is soft and ready to drink. </p><p>below you can find links to all the products I used to build it. Always use a new dehumidifier and clean it prior to use.</p><p>Have fun and enjoy great water straight from the air.</p>
<p>was a 2011 model that was a 18 liter a day.</p><p>Here is a link to a newer model </p><p>http://www.kolinphil.com.ph/products/dehumidifier.htm</p>
What model of kolin dehumidifier did you use?
Do you need the servo voltage regulator also do you know how many gallons per day this produces
<p>I use a servo voltage regulator there because the electricity is what is termed dirty. Meaning it fluctuates enough to cause problems with compression unit so the regulator keeps the power steady. But the power goes off there almost daily.</p>
How many litters in 6 hours do you get from this setup?
<p>It depends our you local humidity. We had 100% at times and we could get 4.5 gallons in 6 hours.</p>
Do you need the servo voltage regulator also do you know how many gallons per day this produces
<p>Our unit would produce cloase to 18 gallons of water in 24 hours</p>
<p>I was writing a comment when the internet went down and have no idea if what I wrote got here so here goes again. I am a doctor who fabricates and works with ozone applications ambiente and with humans. Ozone is probably the most important news of the century because it is changing everything we have known about how to do life in general. Go to the net to discover it better than me writing here. Now.... for those of you who want to apply ozone to water applications. What you need to know is that those aquarium stones will never ever do the job of mixing ozone with water. Yes...I too was led to believe that this was all that was necessary until I read a Bio Chemist Physicist PHD blog on the subject of ozone and water. Here is the scoop.... and this changed my treatment results with patients. WATER HAS NO REASON TO WANT OZONE! It is filled with oxygen atoms and what is ozone??? oxygen atoms! So...you have to change the way of getting this done. One must go micro size in ozone presentation to the water! Yup! that stone just does not cut it!!! Another thing ozone in water lasts minutes....maybe up to 8-10 max if not constantly replaced. So... one needs to create a device that reduces the size of the ozone (micro) and this I did using a 27 gauge injection needle with a special tubing that does not oxidize with 03. Hundreds of perfurations in the small tubing 1/4&quot; got the job done. Now the ozone was circulating like cloud formation instead of droplets. With this change...everything changed. Normal engineers are not aware of this small detail and are fabricationg machines that are excessively inefficient...wasteful of 02 and electricty. My patients began smiling very quickly with this change. So...Ozone is one of the best sterilizers available without serious consequences. It neutralizes drugs...toxic chemicals....minerals etc. BE CAREFUL.... UNDERTSTAND WHAT YOU ARE DOING BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH ITS USE. Correct usage and everything can be marvelous.</p>
<p>the process you speak of was reproduced using the John Ellis Living water Unit. However these units are very expensive and cost a lot to operate. the Living water Distiller actually has a High Intensity UV light in the steam chamber that converts the steam to Ozone and then cools down the Ozone steam and breaks it down toH20 with traces of H2O2 hydrogen peroxide. It is good water also however as stated before it is too expensive for most and too costly to run in order to make distilled water for a person of middle or lower class.</p>
<p>For those of you who are biuilding one of these.</p><p>please note I replced the ceramic filter recently with a Steffani Colloidal Silver ceramic Candle <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/STEFANI-DRINKING-WATER-FILTER-PURIFIER-CERAMIC-CANDLE-/151017843827?hash=item23295d6c73:m:mKRxFDn1dnG0qGVZeZDnA0g" rel="nofollow"> http://www.ebay.com/itm/STEFANI-DRINKING-WATER-FI...</a></p><p>and the bottom filter with a Berky PF-4 Ceramic filter on the bottom</p><p><a href="http://www.berkeyfilters.com/berkey-water-filters/fluoride.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.berkeyfilters.com/berkey-water-filters/...</a></p><p>The reason behind this is simple.</p><p>Water made from the Atmosphere is PURE water it has no minerals or additives. But even then bacteria in the air could get into the system via the unit or just floating in the air or in the filter area, the Steffani colloidal Silver filter gets out the bacteria or virus that may have somehow been introduced. And the Berfy PF-4 is because as the water condensates it may leach some metals ions off the dehumidifying unit the PF-4 along with the Steffani filter remove any and all metals that may have leached off the unit.</p><p>The water is pure and needs no reverse osmosis. It is basically like drinking rain water. So if you like add some colloidal minerals to it if you like or drink it just as it is. Unlike distilled water it wont leach your body of minerals.</p>
<p>Can you please be more specific about that two chamber water filter you are using? I can not find anything similar to that by searching online. is there a site for it? did you make that too?</p>
<p>AMAZON AND EBAY HAS </p>
<p>HAS WHAT? I CAN NOT GET A STRAIGHT ANSWERT FROM ANYONE WHAT THE PRODUCT NAME IS. wHAT IS THIS WATERFILTER'S BRAND NAME PLEASE? </p>
<p>here is one just like mine except it is white </p><p><a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Countertop-4-Gallon-8-Stage-Mineral-Water-Purifier-System-BPA-FREE-/321418624862?hash=item4ad60aff5e:g:pLEAAMXQwwlR98Vk" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com/itm/Countertop-4-Gallon-8-Stag...</a> </p><p>yes the zen water system are similar to what I used. The one in the <br>link was the next size up and model to the one I purchased. </p><p><a href="http://zenwatersystems.com/" rel="nofollow">http://zenwatersystems.com/</a></p><p>or you can go here contact delaer and ask if any of their sales are individual they usually refer you to one via eBay or Amazon</p><p><a href="http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/22L-counter-top-water-filter_739992716.html?spm=a2700.7724838.30.34.np1V10&s=p" rel="nofollow">http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/22L-counter-...</a></p><p><a href="http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/dispenser-purifier-filter-dispenser-filter-with_1678606454.html?spm=a2700.7724838.30.231.7VwjE8" rel="nofollow">http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/dispenser-pu...</a> </p>
<p>Check out </p><p>http://zenwatersystems.com/</p>
<p>I bought this in the Philippines. Alibaba had them listed on one of their sites search water filters</p>
<p>Just so everyone knows I took my dehumidifier apart and gave it a good cleaning to remove and dust and or chemicals from the factory. Never use a used unit as you don't know what might be on it. If you need to use a used unit take it apart and clean with bleach water and then let it dry, then re-rinse the unit to remove any bleach residue.</p>
<p>Can it be used outdoor, say under an umbrella and drain the water into a filter for everyday use? When in India, we used rain water harvesting for such needs where it was filtered for debris, stored and then filtered through RO system before we consumed it. It had a pH value of 7.0 as well. </p>
<p>Yes my unit was actually indoors, on a porch. You do want to keep dust a<br> debris to a minimum though or you will need to clean the filter more <br>often. Keep it out of direct Sunlight as you don't want to be heating <br>up the water any more than you need and in India it gets hot. This unit<br> produces water that has a neutral pH of about 6.9 - 7.0</p><p>No need for a RO as this is pure water from the Atmosphere there is no minerals in it. It is not distilled water so it wont leach you body. It is like pure Rain water.</p>
<p>Exactly why do you need this?</p><p>1 - Servo Voltage Regulator (in case of power fluctuations) $75</p><p>Also do you have any info on adding uv light to this system?</p>
<p>In the country where I put this together the power was dirty.</p><p>Any UV pin light with a high UV output would work in sterilization of the water as an extra precaution.</p>
I've often wondered about using a dehumidifier for water collection. Interesting to hear the responses on precautions. Obviously you found one you feel comfortable using.<br><br>I do have to put the question to you again about that water filter you are using. Replies have been vague.<br><br>What brand is it? And can you provide links to Ebay, Amazon or Aliba(sp?) as to were we can get one?<br><br>I've searched and haven't found it under &quot;Extreme Water Filter&quot; or anything close.<br><br>Thanks for sharing your build.<br><br>- chase -
<p>Always use a new dehumidifier when making one. then buy filters to manage any leaching from the metal used in the dehumidification unit. In my case it was a Berky PF-4</p>
<p>Legionaire's disease is passed through dehumidifier water. Are these filters good enough to filter that out?</p>
<p>any Ceramic filter with a micron 1 will filter out disease. always keep you unit clean and periodically change your filters. </p>
<p>Oh, legionaire's disease from what I gather can be in any water system,,, there are filter systems to prevent or help prevent, but nothing is 100%... It thrives in stagnant water that is 68-113 degrees, which anything coming from your hot water tank could possibly have it,,, from what I have also gathered, to remove it from your water system, you would have to have the pipes cleaned with intense heat,,, ( I suspect a seam system to blow out your pipes or something,,, you could always search and ask around, Im working on the same issue also.... and its not just about a micron filter,,, search around and be sure yourself... there are even places that sell filter systems in a faucet or shower head that is to help prevent,,, but the key word here is PREVENT.... I do not know if it can live in extremely hot water, 115 degrees and above,,,, or colder temps, but, if they thrive in 68-113 degrees,,, extremely cold water should help, until its heated, but you also want to keep the water moving, constantly,,, this helps it from going stagnant... even some kind of stir system in a bottom of a barrel or something,,, </p>
<p>yes a micron one should remove any virus or disease with no problem.</p>
<p>What size vinyl tubing are you using 1/4&quot; or 1/2&quot; for this unit? Also, is the Zen (type) filter in the picture the only additional filter you are using? I am currently using a Katadyn for my home filtration. Thanks</p>
<p>it will depend on your dehumidifiers drain tube.</p>
http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2013/how-to-get-fresh-water-out-of-thin-air-0830 be careful, I dont believe vinyl tubing is safe to drink from like a garden hose, I believe it contains pthalates, also I think they are so small you cant filter out that chem... maybe with diatoms, but not your standard charcoal filter. Also water that has less dissolved solids than your body will leach minerals from ya, a la osmosis. Very cool though, good water is crucial.
<p>at night there is more humidity</p>
Just a note about water quality testing---if you plan to drink the water from your machine over the long term I would recommend an annual comprehensive potable water test including conventional parameters, total metals analysis, dissolved metals analysis, and microbiological analysis. I did such a test with a similar dehumidifier-water treatment system and found dissolved fluoride was 2.1 mg/L which is higher than the maximum acceptable concentration of 1.5 mg/L. The fluoride was likely coming from the aluminum evaporator coil of my dehumidifier. The Kolin dehumidifer may be fine but testing will verify that the product water meets water quality standards. <br> <br>Bacteria growth in the system (bacteria are always present in the air processed by the system) can be controlled by weekly cleaning of the system components. <br> <br>I have a website dedicated to providing accurate scientific knowledge about water-from-air systems. You are welcome to visit www.atmoswater.com
Atmos, <br> <br>So how many PPM's per gallon would 1.5 mg/l equal?
1.5 mg/L = 1.5 ppm <br> <br>Please see unit conversion examples at http://www.ausetute.com.au/partspm.html <br> <br>One would simply say &quot;ppm&quot;. The phrase &quot;ppm per gallon&quot; is invalid. You could use units of grain/gallon (US) if you wish. To convert a unit from milligram per liter (mg / L) to grain per gallon (U.S.) (gr / gal) ., multiply by 0.058417834731272 [source: http://metricsystemconversion.info/grain-per-gallon-U.S.-gr-gal-.-to-milligram-per-liter-mg-L.html?func=detail]
<p>6 mg/gal</p>
That works out perfect then <br> <br>As a precaution I bought a Berkey PF-4 Reduction Element. which under testing based on 20-30ppm (2.0-3.0mg/L) reduced fluoride by 95% and in some cases 99%. <br> <br>Lead is reduced by 99% <br> <br>Also it absorbs heavy metal Ions if there be any. <br> <br>So the Addition of the Berkey PF-4 would eliminate any harmful metals from this Atmospheric Water Generator is well worth the investment. <br> <br>Currently the water being produced after the PF-4 has a 7.0pH completely neutral. A mineralization filter put in the bottom of this unit will increase the pH to 7.4.
If you're looking for the purest water possible after extracting it from the atmosphere, you could either Ozonate the water, that'll kill all virus, bacteria, fungi, and should neutralize heavy metals &amp; other nasties. You could also get a bit more tricky and runs some electric leads into your gathered water and generate some HHO(Browns Gas/Oxyhydrogen), burn that, which recombines into PURE molecular, unadulterated water. And of course you can then pull heat from the HHO burn and generate steam/hot water/energy(which then can be rerouted to power the AWG), etc. Hope that helps.
interesting idea. food for thought that is for sure. I have a multi stage filter for tap water and I have the AWG. the water from the AWG is so much more refreshing to drink. What process of Ozonation were you thinking? I know if you steam water and expose the steam to a strong UV it converts the steam to Ozone. then you cool the steam down through distillation and you get a pure water with traces of Hydrogen Peroxide. This happens in nature in the upper atmosphere as the evaporated water gets to the Upper atmosphere it is exposed to high UV and creates our Ozone layer. Good points you got there
Well, I could get all conspiratorial and connect the dots, showing how Ozone production, Tesla, cures for cancer, free energy, anti gravity, transmutation and other oddities were all suppressed about a century ago by the industrial elite, buttt, I'll just say: <br>Google &quot;Medical Ozone Generator&quot; &quot;Water Ozonater&quot; &quot;Ozonated Olive Oil&quot; &amp; &quot;Ozone Therapy&quot;...and there's now even HHO geneators that turn the Oxygen into Ozone and then use the Hydrogen for fuel supplementation.
I did want to ask a question as your concern was one of mine when I first was looking for a dehumidifier. <br> <br>would not the fluoride cause the water to have a higher than normal pH? <br> <br>Keeping the unit clean if true for any water filter and storage system. I am wanting to place a UV light in the storage unit that also helps with killing bacteria.
Because pH is related to the hydronium ion concentration, [H3O+], in the water the presence of fluoride anions, [F-], should not affect the pH. <br> <br>A couple of useful references about using UV in small water systems such as water coolers are: <br> <br>- http://www.watertechonline.com/disinfection/article/water-temperature-and-uv-systems-0407 <br> <br>- http://www.watertechonline.com/disinfection/article/cooler-sanitizing-%E2%80%94-with-o3-uv-h2o2-or-chlorine
The addition of fluoride anions decreases pH. <br> <br>[F-] + [H30+] -&gt; HF + H2O <br> <br>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fluoridation
the water directly from the generator has a 7.0pH.
Thanks for the correction to my chemical analysis. Theoretically, you seem to be correct but the paper, Can Fluoridation Affect Water Lead(II) Levels and Lead(II) Neurotoxicity?, at http://www.fluoridealert.org/urbansky.pdf, in section 5 has an explanation about the buffer capacity of a solution such as water. The practical net result is that adding fluoride to water has no measurable effect on the pH. It is interesting how complex things can get!
so you are saying that fluoride makes water acidic? <br> <br>I am glad the unit I have used Stainless Steel on it condensing coils. Salty air from off the sea eats up aluminum that is why this one is made with stainless steel.
Atmos, <br> <br>Thanks for those links. It is important for people to know how to keep their drinking water storage area clean and bacterial free. <br> <br>that would even go for inline reverse osmosis filters as well. Cleaning filter cartridges and holders are a must for healthy drinking water.

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