Introduction: DIY Atmospheric Drinking Water Generator
Atmospheric Water Generator
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.
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
3/4 inch drill with a 1/2 inch drill bit
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
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
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
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Hello, this sounds to be a terrific idea. Do you it working for yourself? If yes, how many galons per day you get out of it more or less?
How are you all doing?
Can you please help us by posting the video of how to install.
Thanks in advance
I am disabled and on SSI so even 300 dollars is almost 1/2 of a check. So, I have 2 questions is there any reason everything has to be new? Would a “gently used” dehumidifier from say EBay or goodwill or the Mormon thrift store work?
2. I am in California where it’s hardly ever very humid. Would this even be worth doing? I saw someone selling similar plans who said it would work anywhere but of course he would say that because admitting it won’t work everywhere would hurt his profits.
Note: please avoid pointing out the obvious ie that a disabled person would have extreme difficulty building this... I have a friend from church who said if I find the instructions and the parts he will build it.
I have always been intrigued by survival topics on my first camping trip I was disappointed to be told that we would not be building a shelter I was 8. Anyway I figured maybe there’s a reason why I am drawn to the subject, maybe I can help other physically challenged people prepare, so I started a group for different-abled Preppers and people who have less able family to consider... like kids and seniors etc.
it’s only been a week running we haven’t even met in person yet and I’m already tired of the haters saying I am wasting my time because either “none of us would survive anyway or because “ you won’t have the money to properly prepare for CHTF so why bother”
Even if you think the above please don’t say it! I have heard it all week and the feedback about my general idea is duly noted. However, such comments have yet to prove useful on any project I am researching.
Any ideas on how to cut the cost of building one of these down further or on whether it would be useful in California would be greatly appreciated.
Also, thank you so much to whoever posted this you literally saved me 22 dollars! I was going to buy the H20 dynamo plans.
As a side note, If it is allowed here and if anyone wants it I will post the link to the group I started. I am purposely not putting it in right now because this was not meant to come across as promotional If it did I apologize one of my disabilities is asperger’s sydrome which in short means I often come across in ways I don’t intend to or even realize until someone points it out. Mentioning the group was just venting frustration and a way of saying why I am interested in building a water reclaimer. Thanks
Should we keep the dehumidifier inside the house.
Here I got a atmospheric water extraction machine and they have installed outside the house.
Please do clarify my doubt.
I will be posting a new Instructable with a video when I put together a new machine that will have all the parts bought and is built here in the US. This will be complete with prices for working it off grid (no electric) using a solar system.
In the Philippines, where I built the one in this Instructable, we had only bars in the window and the machine was up in the window and the filter system below.
Yes, you can put the dehumidifier outside but keep it shaded, protected from animals, and you will need to clean the filters more often. But I suggest that you keep your water filter indoors where it is cooler and less likely to allow dust and bacteria to get into your water holding tank. Remember you can make water from 30% to 100% humidity.
Also, don't leave it out unattended because people do steal things.
Hi, I am from India.
Like to know any type of humidifier will work for this.
Where is the video you have uploaded. I can view only the pictures