Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Fall 2019

Committee Chair

Dr Craig Johnson

Second Committee Member

Dr. John Choi



The goal of the water distiller project is to provide purified water to all hospitals and laboratories for daily use. As per WHO standards, purified water is a great necessity in these facilities for DNA sequencing, protein research, among others. Available water is not always clean because it is transported through pipes and can get into contact with organisms thereby causing the spread of waterborne diseases. Water distillation processes remove 99.9% of contaminants and water chemicals like fluorine and calcium to produce pure water. For every use, the distiller mechanism uses an electric current as the source of energy which is run into a heating element located in the contaminated water (in the boiler) through transferring heat, causing it to boil to steam. The evaporated water (steam) leaves behind 99.9% of the contaminants in the boiler producing mostly uncontaminated vapor. The steam created then enters into the condensing coil where heat transfer takes place and the result is purified water which is directed to the storage container. To construct the distiller unit, individual parts components are first developed in Solid Works drawings and then assembled based on design calculations and dimensions. Purchased and manufactured parts are then assembled to a complete distiller unit. The system is designed to efficiently transmit heat to the water, heating it to steam thereby providing 1 pint of purified water per hour. All components of the unit are cost efficient making it affordable to everyone. The machine is easy to operate and requires minimal maintenance.