Disalinization of seawater

The human being can live without food for several weeks during critical conditions, like a disaster, however, scientifically speaking, the body cannot live without water for more than three days. Now, imagine yourself in a survival situation where only seawater is available. As a prepper, what can you do? Desalinization of seawater is your answer.

In a catastrophic situation, our priorities must be focused on our survival. Objective number one should be, where can we get our supplies of drinking water? It is very important to distinguish that it is not to get just water, but it has to be drinkable, in other words, that is safe for our consumption. Otherwise, the price to pay for consuming any kind of water can be very painful and even deadly.

I have mentioned in several other articles, that boiling water is the most efficient way of purifying water for consumption. Boiling water for one minute is enough to eliminate 99.9% of viruses, pathogens, bacteria, and parasites. Now, what happens if the only water that we can find is seawater? 

Desalinization of seawater

Drinking seawater is a bad (but bad) idea. The salinity in seawater is higher than what our kidneys can dissolve through urine and this will cause our body to accelerate the process of dehydration and the kidneys would go into shock so fast that death will be eminent.

So it is extremely important to know the process of desalinization of seawater in case one day you need drinking water and the only available water is seawater. This topic is very important for those living in coastal areas.

Boiling freshwater is the most efficient way of purifying water for our consumption. But to convert seawater into freshwater requires a more elaborated process.

For the desalination process, it is required to boil the seawater, collect the steam, cool the steam and then collect the “100%” pure water drops.

  • The boiling water container should be at least 1qt of a gallon. It should be made of metal and should not contain any trace of toxic chemicals. It should be wide-mouthed and have a lid that seals tightly.
  • It must have a serpentine to collect the steam made from boiling the seawater. As the steam travels down thru the serpentine it cools down the collected steam and converts it from vapor to liquid. The best material to use for the serpentine is copper because it allows a rapid temperature change, however, other materials can be used.
  • A container for picking up the distilled water drops and must be sterilized or at least very cleaned.

Boricua Preppers recommends having a homemade water distiller, such as the one supplied in the video and made in advance. It needs to be small and portable so it can be used in just minutes if needed. Remember that it will be a very slow process and so it is advisable to do it at night and let it work all night long, so when you wake up in the morning, you will have some “pure” fresh water to quench your thirst.

As usual, we never know what tomorrow’s may bring, but knowing the desalinization process and having a small seawater distiller can save our lives and our loved ones too.

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