Neat Idea: Solar Water Purification

In my latest YouTube video, I drank rain water mixed with cow feces after it was purified to crystal clear (and safe) drinking water thanks to a purifier called the LifeStraw Family. I recently stumbled across another way to provide clean and safe drinking water using solar power. Take a look:

There is a lot to like about this way of water purification. What this basically is doing is distilling the water. That means, not only does it get ride of all the bacteria, it also gets rid of a lot of the salts and metals that are dissolved in the water. The fact is, if I was drinking water that was purified in this method, I wouldn’t have iron poisoning/overload now.

But, at the same time, there are even more downsides. This isn’t anywhere as near as easy to use, maintain, or operate as a pond sand filter or the LifeStraw Family. Even the rather knowledgeable guy doing this experiment in the video ended up shattering two bottles just to purify about a bottle’s worth of water. The equipment he used is also very delicate, hard to find in the developing world, and (as the guy in the video warns) must be handled with extreme care.

The fact is that, whether you are dealing with a pond sand filter, a LifeStraw Family, or a solar water purifier,  none of these options is really a perfect solution. Nothing beats the convenience we have here in the developed world of being able to turn on a tap and get clean, clear, and safe drinking water. I think that’s a right everyone should have. But the first step is to make sure that people at least don’t die from the water they drink.

And, with such amazing science, technology, and options at our disposal, there shouldn’t be any reason for anyone on the face of this planet to be drinking unsafe water.

11 Responses to “Neat Idea: Solar Water Purification”


  1. 1 Kim Adams

    I was mentally designing a similar thing today.
    It would be better to use a parabolic reflector dish to focus sunlight. It could be made out of a shiny metal such as stainless steel and would be durable, easy to clean, and cheap. a water heating vessel could then be suspended at the focal point using a tripod stand or hanging from a rope. A better condenser is a simple garbage bag which would collect ALL the escaping steam and condense it. The water-heating vessel need not be glass anyway, a metal jug would work just as well wouldn't it? I'll try to set up one and make a video.
    Another side note, this guy's apparatus seems excessive. If the water boiled in 30 seconds a lense half the size might have also accomplished the job without breaking everything and without being a safety risk.
    The best thing about a water distiller like this is that once someones knows how to make it you can fashion one from pretty much anything, only the parabolic dish would need to be made specially and you could probably just get old satellite dishes and give them a fresh reflective coating.
    Contact me if you want.

  2. 2 Kim Adams

    I was mentally designing a similar thing today.
    It would be better to use a parabolic reflector dish to focus sunlight. It could be made out of a shiny metal such as stainless steel and would be durable, easy to clean, and cheap. a water heating vessel could then be suspended at the focal point using a tripod stand or hanging from a rope. A better condenser is a simple garbage bag which would collect ALL the escaping steam and condense it. The water-heating vessel need not be glass anyway, a metal jug would work just as well wouldn't it? I'll try to set up one and make a video.
    Another side note, this guy's apparatus seems excessive. If the water boiled in 30 seconds a lense half the size might have also accomplished the job without breaking everything and without being a safety risk.
    The best thing about a water distiller like this is that once someones knows how to make it you can fashion one from pretty much anything, only the parabolic dish would need to be made specially and you could probably just get old satellite dishes and give them a fresh reflective coating.
    Contact me if you want.

  3. 3 Kim Adams

    I was mentally designing a similar thing today.
    It would be better to use a parabolic reflector dish to focus sunlight. It could be made out of a shiny metal such as stainless steel and would be durable, easy to clean, and cheap. a water heating vessel could then be suspended at the focal point using a tripod stand or hanging from a rope. A better condenser is a simple garbage bag which would collect ALL the escaping steam and condense it. The water-heating vessel need not be glass anyway, a metal jug would work just as well wouldn't it? I'll try to set up one and make a video.
    Another side note, this guy's apparatus seems excessive. If the water boiled in 30 seconds a lense half the size might have also accomplished the job without breaking everything and without being a safety risk.
    The best thing about a water distiller like this is that once someones knows how to make it you can fashion one from pretty much anything, only the parabolic dish would need to be made specially and you could probably just get old satellite dishes and give them a fresh reflective coating.
    Contact me if you want.

  4. 4 Douglas Jansen

    Dear Uncultured.com

    I have been working on a prototype of a solar water distiller.
    After 2 years of trial and error, I have come up with a working model that has individual and commercial application.
    I am in the process of protecting my invention, so I can not go into great detail at this time. I will say though that it is a fantastic design and can be mass produced without major tooling costs. Also It serves a Global need.
    I am contacting you and other organizations that have online exposure to find a starting point.
    Please let me know if you or someone you know would like to talk more in the near future.

    Thank you,

    Douglas Jansen

  5. 5 Douglas Jansen

    Dear Uncultured.com

    I have been working on a prototype of a solar water distiller.
    After 2 years of trial and error, I have come up with a working model that has individual and commercial application.
    I am in the process of protecting my invention, so I can not go into great detail at this time. I will say though that it is a fantastic design and can be mass produced without major tooling costs. Also It serves a Global need.
    I am contacting you and other organizations that have online exposure to find a starting point.
    Please let me know if you or someone you know would like to talk more in the near future.

    Thank you,

    Douglas Jansen

  6. 6 Douglas Jansen

    Dear Uncultured.com

    I have been working on a prototype of a solar water distiller.
    After 2 years of trial and error, I have come up with a working model that has individual and commercial application.
    I am in the process of protecting my invention, so I can not go into great detail at this time. I will say though that it is a fantastic design and can be mass produced without major tooling costs. Also It serves a Global need.
    I am contacting you and other organizations that have online exposure to find a starting point.
    Please let me know if you or someone you know would like to talk more in the near future.

    Thank you,

    Douglas Jansen

  7. 7 Douglas Jansen

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  8. 8 Douglas Jansen

    I had no idea this would be posted.
    Now that it has my contact info is Hero98008@gmail.com

  9. 9 Douglas Jansen

    I had no idea this would be posted.
    Now that it has my contact info is Hero98008@gmail.com

  10. 10 Gary Ogden

    You are absolutely right, no one should die on this earth from drinking dirty, contaminated water.  However, just try and get a grant or investors to help correct this idea, we have such a solution but need financing to get the first 100 out the door.  Those who have clear – pure drinking water don’t worry about it, those who don’t ….DIE.   Every 20 seconds of every day a child dies from water related diseases.  1 in 8 people around the world lack access to safe water.  70% of earth is cover with water-97% in ocean-2% frozen-1% drinkable.  Our body is made up of 66% water-without it you die in 7 days.
    Until we get some funding to help correct the problem …..this trend will only get worst………………….ogdenmicro@aol.com        Microman

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