NASA warns us that the world will be facing a water shortage crisis in the near future. The report likens the Earth's water supply to a glass filled with water and drinking straws. Each straw represents every human being living and being born now and more people stick a straw in the glass every second. According to NASA, that glass is a finite supply of potable water.
That might seem true and apt on the surface, and it is to some degree, but a few degrees of truth is just enough to get you in a whole lot of hot water. In truth, this is already happening, but it will only become a global crisis if people wait until it becomes an unavoidable problem before they address it. We'd rather than tackle it comprehensively now and flatten the curve before it becomes another global panic attack because fixing, and improving our home is what we do best.
No matter where you stand on Earth there's water below your feet. Even on a tiny spit of dry beach on the bottom of the ocean all you have to do is dig down a few inches and, viola, water. There's water over your head, in your head, on your head, it's in your skull bones, it's in your lungs, it's even coming out of your tailpipe. There's water all around you no matter who or where you are. There are even a few drops of water that are permanently stored in a tiny aqueduct located on each person's eyes. Sometimes you see water as vapor on cold days when you breathe out. It's most of what makes up your entire body, and without water, you will die needlessly after a few short, but extremely miserable days of dehydration.
In this article, you're going to learn how to construct your own atmospheric water generator or AWG. You can easily, and inexpensively do it yourself and by doing so you will ensure that you, your family, friends, plants, pets, or any other loved ones will never die of thirst on a planet that's two-thirds covered with water.
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The average American home pays approximately $844.68 per year for water. For just over $300 you can make your own. You're not going to fill an in-ground swimming pool with it unless you have a year to kill, but it will save your life if there's no other source of water available. It does this by pulling moisture out of the air as it passes through the atmospheric generator. The moisture in the air condenses into water vapor as it moves through cooler air at the bottom of the generator. It forms droplets on the sides of the AWG and it's then collected in a catch basin to be harvested by the water farmer. The process is the opposite of dehumidification and it renders the water safe to drink.
If you have concerns about pollutants possibly remaining in the water, simply place the suspected water into a one-gallon glass jar, add a pinch of salt, and seal the lid tightly enough to prevent leakage. Then lay the bottle on its side on a piece of tin foil with the shiny side up and leave it out in direct sunlight for six hours.
A few industrious humans have been known to put a dozen tea bags in the jar too and brew sun tea at the same time. Smart folks make ice cubes and pour their sun-brewed tea over the cubes because is an unbeatably refreshing and clean way to close out a hot, dry, dusty day. Water farming is thirsty work.
Constructing The Condenser
First, remove all of the covers and the filters from the humidifier. The unit should be a brand new one for the best results and ensuring you get the longest possible service life from your water generator. Once the covers are removed, rinse the humidifier thoroughly with gently running water from a hose or other water source. Do not use pressure to clean the unit or you'll cause damage to the condenser's cooling flanges and reduce its effectiveness. Wipe it down gently and allow the unit to stand until it is completely dry before you power it up again or you could be in for a shock.
Next, remove the knock-out for the hose that's located on the back cover of the humidifier, run the clear tubing in through the knock-out hole and attach it securely to the hose connector located inside of the unit. This will allow you to bypass the humidifier's internal reservoir.
Once the tubing's clamped in place, cut the green scrubber pads to the same size and shape as the original air filters located in the front of the humidifier as they will replace the factory filters that are insufficient for the purposes of this custom application and allow the passage of too much dust if not upgraded in this manner. Once the new filter is fitted, attach the holder and filter back to the humidifier securely.
Setting Up The Water Filtration System
You will need to thoroughly, and carefully wash and dry your chosen water filter unit prior to hooking it up to the AWG and using it for the first time. The Extreme Water Filter System which we shall use here, for example, has a 1-micron ceramic filter in the top, and it uses a second, 5 stage filter that's located on the bottom of the unit.
Using your drill and bit, drill a 1/2inch diameter hole in the top of the upper filter unit and insert the other end of the clear tubing into the filter. Take all caution not to crimp the tubing while installing it or this too will have an adverse effect on your AWG's efficiency.
Powering Up Your AWG
Plug the power regulator in and make certain it's operating correctly. If so, then plug your AWG into the power supply and energize it. If it trips a breaker or starts to smoke shut it off and find out why. Otherwise, allow the AWG to operate for 6 to 8 hours uninterrupted until the upper filter tank is full. The time will vary according to the RH level around it.
You may also opt for hooking your AWG to an alternative power source such as a solar panel and keeping it outdoors jus be sure to use a voltage regulator to keep the AWG from accidental power surge damage.
Water From Thin Air
The water going into this unit will be neutral 6.0 pH and it should produce clean potable water from the bottom filter at around 7.4 and 8.0 pH depending upon the type of filtering you choose to employ with your AWG.
If you choose to use your AWG or a store-bought model indoors, you must take the humidity levels in your home into consideration. For this, you will need to utilize a Hygrometer which is quite inexpensive and shows you the percentage level of the humidity in whatever room it's placed in. The ideal level of relative humidity (RH) in any given room is 30 to 50% for the optimal level of health and comfort. An AWG is exceptionally useful and productive for homes in areas that have high humidity.
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