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How to Make a Solar Still

Watch more Wilderness Survival Skills videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to make a solar still by following this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. 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. Tip 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. Did You Know? Only 1 percent of the Earth's water is suitable for drinking.
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