Water recovery device for reclaiming and refiltering atmospheric water

  • US 5,553,459 A
  • Filed: 07/26/1994
  • Issued: 09/10/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/26/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An apparatus for obtaining potable water from the ambient air, comprising:

  • a water tank for holding the potable water;

    a compressor for compressing a refrigerant;

    a condenser for condensing said refrigerant received from said compressor;

    an evaporator coil disposed in said water tank, receiving on one end thereof compressed refrigerant from said condenser, said evaporator coil for evaporating said refrigerant and thereby cooling the potable water in said water tank, the other end of said condenser connected to said compressor to input the uncompressed refrigerant thereto;

    drip coils having an intake end and an efferent end for condensing the potable water from the ambient air, the cooled potable water from said water tank passing through said drip coils before returning to said water tank;

    a fan for blowing the ambient air about said drip coils and said condenser;

    a collection device for collecting condensed water from said drip coils and directing it to said water tank;

    a discharge device connected to said efferent end of said drip coils for discharging the cooled potable water after passing through said drip coils;

    a pump for pumping the cooled potable water through said drip coils and said discharge device;

    a filter and an ultra-violet light source disposed between said drip coils and said discharge device for sterilizing the cooled potable water prior to discharge and after passing through said drip coils; and

    a non-toxic insulating coating disposed on the exterior of said drip coils and the exterior of said evaporator coil, such that the toxic metals which may be contained in said drip coils or said evaporator coil will be contained and not dispersed into the potable water, said non-toxic coating comprising 25 to 35 percent titanium oxide.

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