Southern California is known for earthquakes and we havent had a big one in a long time. It is always a good idea to be prepared for the worst. If for what ever reason we run out of water, we could resort to a solar still for emergency water Be prepared and watch the 1:27 video now. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Step 1: Find a spot
Find a damp, sunlit location, such as a dry steambed, the bottom of a hill, or another place near a water source.
Step 2: Dig a hole
Use a standard or collapsible shovel to dig a 3-foot-deep hole into damp ground. The water in the hole is what you’ll be drinking, so you can add plant matter and undrinkable water to the hole — the still will purify any water.
Step 3: Add the water bottle
Push your water bottle into the center of the hole, packing soil around it to prop it up.
Step 4: Cover the hole
Cover the hole with plastic sheeting and hold the sheeting down by placing dirt, rocks, or other debris around the edges.
Make sure the plastic is tight and the seal is airtight.
Step 5: Put a rock on the plastic
Place a rock in the center of the plastic, over your water bottle. When the water in the hole evaporates, it will condense on the underside of the plastic. The indentation caused by the rock will lead the condensation into the water bottle.
Step 6: Wait two hours
Wait two hours to make one quart of potable water. Have a drink and then reset your solar still to make more water.
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