DIY Atmospheric Drinking Water Generator

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Introduction: DIY Atmospheric Drinking Water Generator

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

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    143 Discussions

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    sgt_rock
    sgt_rock

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Legionaire's disease is passed through dehumidifier water. Are these filters good enough to filter that out?

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    chesterjohn
    chesterjohn

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    yes a micron one should remove any virus or disease with no problem.

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    solar.sidney
    solar.sidney

    Reply 6 months ago

    Just MHO: 1 micron - 1000 nanometers. Coronavirus SARS-2v (Covid-19) is 160 nm. The math says it would go thru, that is, not considering any electro-static effects, which very well may cause a 1 micron filter to catch Coronavirus.

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    bestequitybroker
    bestequitybroker

    Reply 6 months ago

    Filter with a water filter, putting silver coin into a 1 gallon holding take works remarkably well against many things but mostly stop worrying about a political virus. Wife a MD many friends all say virus real like flu but the pandemic is a hoax.

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    roscoerules
    roscoerules

    Reply 3 months ago

    I just ordered the Lifestraw Family 1.0 water purifier system. You can put pond water into that thing, and purified water will come out the other end. If that won't kill viruses and bacteria, nothing will.

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    chesterjohn
    chesterjohn

    Reply 5 years ago

    any Ceramic filter with a micron 1 will filter out disease. always keep you unit clean and periodically change your filters.

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    GrizzlyT
    GrizzlyT

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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,,,

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    harv6147
    harv6147

    Question 7 months ago on Introduction

    do you have a part number for your water filter these searches are futile without a part number you can reach me at harv6147@gmail.com thanks to uncle sams genocidal wisdom i'm now suffering from flouride toxicity nothing like dumping hazmat into our drinking water ey? fkn idiots all in persuit of a damn dollar

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    iloveyouthankyou
    iloveyouthankyou

    9 months ago

    Hello ChesterJohn, Have you made a video? I'm sure many people would be willing to pay to be able to learn from your video. I ,for one. would be willing to buy your video. This is an awesome gift you have given to the world. Thank you. Thank you.

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    jctaillandier
    jctaillandier

    9 months ago

    Hey mate, Im having trouble finding somewhere to buy the heavy metals filters you mentioned such as the Berfky PF-4. Any tips on where to find those ?

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    Twinkleyochim
    Twinkleyochim

    10 months ago

    Thank you so much. This is absolutely logical. Sharing your knowledge is very kind.

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    Lindapruss
    Lindapruss

    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    Hi! I saw a question about a VIDEO from a year ago. Have you completed one yet? Im the mom in the family so i will be doing this. Age 70 my other question is you dont say the diameter or ID for the tubing? Pets stores carry all different sizes. Please correct me if im wrong. The dehumidifier produces the water. The tube by passes its collector bucket and goes to filtration unit. The servo voltage regulator.is that necessary or a luxury? If i go solar,, will i still need this? This is a great idea. In an emergency i would like to provide water for my neighbors too. Here in florida we must help one another. Do you have any ideas for a larger, off grid method? Linda pruss

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    RicardoH55
    RicardoH55

    Question 2 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    chesterjohn
    chesterjohn

    Answer 2 years ago

    Depends on the Humidity, 85% or higher can give you five gallons in about 3 hours.

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    Viprepper
    Viprepper

    Question 2 years ago

    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

    Nichole

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    chesterjohn
    chesterjohn

    Answer 2 years ago

    use new unit if at all possible.

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    MikeB622
    MikeB622

    3 years ago

    would you mind sharing your current brand/capacity of dehumidifier? I'm thinking of the 30 pint Frigidaire (I'll be running it from a 350w solar setup). THX!!

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    purevoltindia
    purevoltindia

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hey

    Even i am interested in buying a good working De-humidifier for my office at servo voltage stabilizer

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    chesterjohn
    chesterjohn

    Reply 2 years ago

    I have a New Instructable with all the prices and additional items needed to run off grid.

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    chesterjohn
    chesterjohn

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hey Mike, remember to consider the wattage from the dehumidifier and it's pints of water output i.e 3.75 gallons if your unit says 30 pints per day. If that is enough for you to drink then that is fine but the average family of 3 drinks will drink and cook with that amount a day easy.