In any survival situation, knowing how to obtain safe and clean drinking water could mean the difference between life and death. In fact, according to the data gathered by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), more than 5 million children die each year due to different water borne diseases that are brought about by drinking dirty and contaminated water.
There are many ways to combat and prevent these waterborne diseases from entering our system. But the best way is still by drinking water that went through the process of water purification and distillation.
There are practically hundreds of water distiller products being offered in the market today. From the cheapest to the most expensive and hi-tech water distillers, all of which are built with the same objective; to distill and make the water we are drinking as clean and safe as possible.
In this DIY article, we will be doing a very simple, yet effective solar water distiller that you can use in any place and situation: a solar water distiller project that even your kids can do by themselves.
Water-borne Diseases Brought by Drinking Contaminated Water
But before we discuss the step-by-step procedure on how you can make your very own solar water distiller, let us first take a look at some of the different waterborne diseases that can be contracted by drinking dirty or contaminated water. Here are some of them.
Polio attacks the nervous system and causes paralysis, difficulty in breathing, and in worst cases, death.
Mosquitoes are not the only carriers of this deadly disease. Waterborne diseases can also cause malaria. Malaria causes high fever, chills, vomiting, coma, and death.
Cholera is an infection of the small intestine that if left unchecked an untreated, can be fatal.
Diarrhea may seem harmless, but believe it or not, diarrhea kills about 2.2 million people per year (most especially in under developed countries) due to severe dehydration.
You will need:
- Empty water or soda bottles
- Glue or tape
Step 1: Drill a hole into the cap of your water bottles. (see picture bellow)
Step 2: Glue or tape the caps of your water bottles together.
Step 3: Fill one bottle with dirty water or salt water or any contaminated water then connect the second bottle. Set it in the sun and in a few minutes you will notice that water will start to evaporate and the other bottle collects the clean and distilled water vapor.
Step 4: Collect your distilled water
Tips On How To Keep Water Safe
Here are some tips on what we can do to keep our water clean and safe.
- Recycle and Proper Disposal
By properly recycling and disposing of the items that cannot be recycled, we are also making sure that these unrecyclable items do not get to our rivers and oceans.
- Minimize Chemicals
If you want to stop harmful chemicals from getting into our water, the best way to do it is by simply stop using them. There are plenty of natural and chemical free products that we can use as a substitute to these chemical based products. From your laundry detergent to your window cleaners, we must always think to go natural.
- Participate In Cleanup Efforts
Help in your community’s cleanup drives. Help clean the beaches and river beds to keep trash from entering the water supply.
- Reuse Water
Setting up a home rainwater capture system to maximize your home water use is one of the best ways to reuse water. You can use rainwater to water your plants, wash your car, or make natural cleaning detergents.
Waterborne diseases are very serious illnesses that kill millions of people around the world every year. Billions of people, most especially in developing countries that do not have enough access to clean water, face this problem everyday. This is the main reason why DIY projects such as the solar water distiller can go a long way in helping people obtain clean and safe drinking water. Setting up 10 or more of these DIY solar water distillers can produce adequate distilled water for a family to drink without thinking of the repercussions of obtaining deadly waterborne diseases from contaminated water.
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