Yes. Anywhere there's water, there's the possibility of distilling it provided you have the materials. You'll need a heat source, container for boiling, some type of collector and a condenser to condense the steam back into water. Unfortunately, that stuff may not be on your island. The best bet would be to go to the center of the island and try to dig down to water or look for another natural source like rain puddles, ponds or streams but remember, there's a high probability of parasitic infection drinking from standing water pools.Hi
If I'm stuck on an island with no water is it feasible to boil salt water and collecting the steam for drinking (after the steam has cooled down it will be distilled water) or would that take forever make all the water one needs?
Correct!I have researched solar stills now and the concept is way better than making a fire for heat. Even though its slower one can simply make more or bigger stills.
You can encapsulate whole branches of living plants and have a catchment at the bottom of the plastic and during the day the plant it self will give off moisture and it will collect in the bottom of the catchment. the best thing to do with it is run it thru some charcoal if you can. and yes there will be bugs in it.I remember from years ago that, in a survival situation, you can use plant material as your source of water. Never tried it but, as I remember, you dig a pit, place a container in the middle of it, add plant material into the pit. Then place your plastic over the top of the pic and press the center of it down into your catchment container. The water in the plant material will evaporate, condense on the plastic and drain down into your container.
You mean you never distill collected water for drinking, that is a wasted.I lived in the Fla. keys, and all the 'City' water there has to be piped in from the mainland... It's EXPENSIVE!
Most of us had rain water catchment systems...
Lots of smooth tile, slate or metal roofs, and lots of storage 'Cisterns' like the older homes before the days of 'City Water' had...
It's basically a 'Tank Well',
Large storage tank underground or set on the ground designed to catch all the CLEAN rain water it can.
That is used as is for household water, washing dishes or cloths
(hence my habit of sloshing some bleach in the dishwater that I do to this day)
And running it through a commercial filter before drinking or using it for ice...
Most 'Drinking Water' is 'City Water', most 'Utility' water is from the cistern.
Boiling water and condensing the steam (water vapor) is called 'Distilling' and it's wildly ineffective way to either remove parasites or salts from drinking water, but it's still done to this day...
Instead of boiling water to distill it, try a 'Solar Still'...
Works the same way, little different arrangment, and takes NO fuel except the sun to work.