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    Reading the lake mead thread is depressing.

    Running a dehumidifier from a few solar panels and a cheap all-in-one inverter is all I can think of. Some will even run without a battery but having the buffer would be helpful.

    Would make water but lead solder joints and other not food safe stuff might be a problem.

    other ideas?

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    Put a clear tarp over your lawn and collect the condensation?

    Then you could water your lawn.
    I'm not leaving.

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    We’ve got lots of sun. No rain. Not much condensation.

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    Move.

    We have a complex seawater distillation system which delivers an enormous volume of fresh water reasonably regularly, this is teamed with an advanced drainage system which supports trout.
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Population of Wales: ~3.1 million; population of LA: ~3.9 million. Might work? Problem is that without Lake Mead, LA is also without power. This could be a very ugly summer in a very dense neighborhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Move.
    Would you be moving anyway after Texas secedes? Or would you stick it out in the Republic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Move.

    We have a complex seawater distillation system which delivers an enormous volume of fresh water reasonably regularly, this is teamed with an advanced drainage system which supports trout.
    We had the exact same system when we lived in the Tongas rain forest.

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    6th generation. I’m stayin. I’ve got too much tied up in the uncle tom’s cabin.

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    Tom, what is the rainfall at your cabin and what is your existing water source?

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    38 inches annual. And about 1200 sq ft of collection area. A rain tank or cystern is vaguely planned. Will have a chance to put it in when I do septic.

    right now, it’s about 1000 feet of good rubber garden hose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    Reading the lake mead thread is depressing.

    Running a dehumidifier from a few solar panels and a cheap all-in-one inverter is all I can think of. Some will even run without a battery but having the buffer would be helpful.

    Would make water but lead solder joints and other not food safe stuff might be a problem.

    other ideas?
    Lead free solder has been a requirement for drinking water systems here for a long time.The product exists somewhere and might get you one step closer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Move.

    We have a complex seawater distillation system which delivers an enormous volume of fresh water reasonably regularly, this is teamed with an advanced drainage system which supports trout.


    Asking in the spirit of understanding.

    How much power is required, and at what cost per kW, for such a system to make sense?

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    Dehumidifier. 530 watts running. $250. 50 pints/6.2 gallons at , I guess 24/7. Depends on conditions.

    Five 350 watt panels. Around $1,750 installed.

    Small battery for buffer and runtime. LiFePO4. $1,000 for 200 amps at 12 volts. 2400 watts useable.

    6 hours good solar (10,500 watts generated). Less 3,180 used during peak production. 7330 watts for the batteries.

    Looks like I could knock out a panel or two.

    Small inverter with surge. $1250 (guess).

    6 hours run time in sun plus 4 hours run time on batteries.

    10 hours is about 2.5 gallons. $4,000-5,000.

    There is a solar panel thing out there that claims to generate water. About $2,000 each. Looks scammy.

    edit-knock all production back by about 25% for real life. But panels could be south East and west to increase solar run time

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    Is there enough humidity in your air to make that system feasible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    We’ve got lots of sun. No rain. Not much condensation.
    wonder how much water texas uses in hydraulic fracturing total

    according to the texas tribune, when fracking is used. it's something like 6 million gallons of water per natural gas well and 4 million gallons of water per oil well per annum per well
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakaway View Post
    Asking in the spirit of understanding.

    How much power is required, and at what cost per kW, for such a system to make sense?

    Kevin


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    It's all large scale direct solar, no fossil fuel, no nuke.
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Move.

    We have a complex seawater distillation system which delivers an enormous volume of fresh water reasonably regularly, this is teamed with an advanced drainage system which supports trout.
    We have a distillation system that also delivers a volume of fresh water reasonably regularly. We call it rain.

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    That system is not meeting needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    It's all large scale direct solar, no fossil fuel, no nuke.
    Interesting. I would have thought hydropower in your part of the world.

    Kevin
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