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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How to collect water in a jungle environment

Jungle Water Collection

As I'm sure you are aware, jungle environments tend to be very wet and damp.  This can be a pain when trekking through them, but is very beneficial to anyone looking to collect drinking water.  

To begin, leaves come in varying sizes and shapes.  Some trees produce smaller leaves, while others produce larger ones.  When looking for ways to collect rainwater, it is important to look for trees that product larger leaves.  The reason for this is that a larger leaf is going to collect more sunlight, which in turn is going to be able to collect more rainwater/dew.  One way to use this to your advantage is to place one of the leaves so that water can drain from it into a container of some sort.  You can easily collect some drinkable water over the course of a night during a storm.  Another option would be to use a poncho or plastic sheet of some kind, and tie it to a tree to collect rainwater.  This option is really helpful during big storms as you'll be able to collect quite a bit of water.  Another option would be to find a stream or body of water.  After all, the animal kingdom needs a drink, too!  And the jungle is full of animals!  However, this option is a bit trickier as you'll need to boil the water before drinking it.  Some water found in the jungle can contain deadly parasites, which you obviously don't want in your body.  Here are a couple of options for boiling water when you're "one with nature":

(1) Using an aluminum can, simply place it over a campfire and allow it to boil for 10 minutes.  This should kill most of the parasites in the water.
(2) If aluminium is not an option, plastic can work, as well.  Yes, you can boil water in plastic jugs/containers!  In order to prevent melting, simply fill a jug full of water, and screw the cap on very tight.  The air trapped within the bottle should help to prevent it from melting.  Another option is to dangle it over a campfire so that the fire is just touching it.  This is not a fool-proof option, however, and you still risk the bottle melting! 

Another thing typically thriving in jungle environments is bamboo.  Bamboo contains water internally.  In order to access this water, simply bend it until it is about 12" from the ground, and cut off the tips, and wait several hours for the water to drain out of the bamboo.

Here's yet another option for collecting water that many may not know of:

This idea is known as a "solar still."  A solar still is relatively easy to create, but does take some work, and the necessary tools.  You will need a poncho or plastic sheet, shovel, container, and rocks.  Here are the steps:

(1) Find an area that receives heavy sunlight throughout the day;
(2) Dig a circular hole about 3 feet across and 2 feet deep with an even deeper hole dug in the middle.
(3) Place a container in the middle of the deep spot you just dug;
(4) Cover the hole with a poncho or plastic sheet, and secure the sides with some rocks;
(5) Place another rock in the middle of the poncho, and allow to hang down 18" directly over the container.  

Result: Moisture from the ground and the sun's heat produce condensation on the poncho or plastic sheet.  This method should collect about a quart of water a day.

This is what it looks like:

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