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Old 07-14-2009, 04:04 PM
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I have a huge salt water pool, anyone tell me the cheapest, moft efficient way to make this water drinkable if the SHTF?
Old 07-14-2009, 04:14 PM
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Evaporative distiller.
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Go to sportsmansguide.com I saw a surplus life raft desalinator/filter pump unit there.
I know nothing about it but just thought it world be cool if you sailed in the ocean.
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To meet your criteria of "cheapest way", throw a huge clear plastic sheet over it, tape the edges down, and make a huge solar still. Collect the water by getting a chair and putting it in the center of the pool, put a bucket on it and let the water drip down into that pail.

To meet the criteria of "most efficient" I say get a desalinator. But that will run you a few hundred to a few grand.
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That would be my advice: distillation...perhaps on a pot, over a bonfire or stove, with some copper coil for cooling and dropping into a suited vessel. Remember this is de-mineralized water and would have to add a small amount of salt water.
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Drinking pool water, really?

Let me throw this out there: Chlorine, dead skin particles, urine...

There are other ways to get water.
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Drinking pool water, really?

Let me throw this out there: Chlorine, dead skin particles, urine...

There are other ways to get water.
Seriously, lets dissect this.

1. SALT WATER pool..... the chlorine is generally generated from the salt (sodium chloride) and is at 1-2 ppm, if left alone, it would disipate in a matter of days
2. dead skin particles, do you breath? its in your lungs, more than you would get from purified water in a pool
3. would you pee in your private pool?

lets keep comments constructive.


I would reccomend boiling in small batches, its relatively easy can become a daily chore for young ones.
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Seriously, lets dissect this.

1. SALT WATER pool..... the chlorine is generally generated from the salt (sodium chloride) and is at 1-2 ppm, if left alone, it would disipate in a matter of days
2. dead skin particles, do you breath? its in your lungs, more than you would get from purified water in a pool
3. would you pee in your private pool?

lets keep comments constructive.


I would reccomend boiling in small batches, its relatively easy can become a daily chore for young ones.


I mis read, I thought a it was a regular swimming pool.

1. So chlorine would be higher.

2. Are you an ass? Are you really suggetsing that breathing air is on par with drinking chlorinated water?

3. I dont have control who pees in a pool. If you do then you are a God amongst men.


Let keep comments constructive.
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I mis read, I thought a it was a regular swimming pool.

1. So chlorine would be higher.

2. Are you an ass? Are you really suggetsing that breathing air is on par with drinking chlorinated water?

3. I dont have control who pees in a pool. If you do then you are a God amongst men.


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No, chlorine wouldnt be higher, look it up, i think its somthing aound 90% of dust is human skin, and dont let people that pee un controllably in your pool, dosnt take a god, thanks for the vote though.
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No, chlorine wouldnt be higher, look it up, i think its somthing aound 90% of dust is human skin, and dont let people that pee un controllably in your pool, dosnt take a god, thanks for the vote though.
SHTF, I doubt I'll care about trace amounts of urine in my water. After it's desalinated, I'll boil it and just not think about it.
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I have a huge salt water pool, anyone tell me the cheapest, moft efficient way to make this water drinkable if the SHTF?
boiling is the only way i know of if that helps also helps to kill most bacteria
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No, chlorine wouldnt be higher, look it up, i think its somthing aound 90% of dust is human skin, and dont let people that pee un controllably in your pool, dosnt take a god, thanks for the vote though.
Well enjoy drinking your chlorine, urine, suntan oil, open sore infested water, junior.

Oh and when the water level in the pool gets lower you'll need a really long straw, so be sure to suck it hard, to get all that delicious gravy!

Like I said there are better ways to get water.

Maybe you could turn it into wine!

Have a nice day.
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Oh and when the water level in the pool gets lower you'll need a really long straw, so be sure to suck it hard, to get all that delicious gravy!
Ohh sh*t!! that made me laugh so hard! funny!! Thanks. I actually snarfed LOL!!

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Couldn't you just hear Stewie saying that as you looked at his avatar.
Gosh Darn funny.
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Only two ways to get salt out of water: reverse osmosis (expensive, but not out of reach) and some kind of distillation.

Distillation can be a real pain to get to work right. Practice beforehand to get the method.

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Straight boiling and condensing is a very bad option - have you ever tried to boil a pan of water down to nothing? That would consume tons of your precious fuel. A solar still sounds like the simplest/ most efficient option (although I've never set one up) since you can set up a large one with cheap/scrap materials and forget about it all day.
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Distilling by any means is really slow.

I used to make my own distilled water by boiling, but gave it up in favor of the grocery store method. (Electricity costs money too.)

I think you'd want to verify that your setup can do the production you need. It's one thing to pack some plastic and tubing in a box and declare yourself all set. Quite another to actually make the volume of water you need every day.

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