Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Engineering (ME)


Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Committee Member

David E. James

Number of Pages



The objectives of this research were to conduct long-term testing of modified single-basin still designs, and to design, build and test an alternative double-basin still that may increase water production at the same or lower cost; Performance of two commercial single-basin still designs, from different suppliers, was evaluated over a 14-month period in Las Vegas, Nevada. The average daily water yields of SunwaterRTM and SolAqua(TM) ranged from 1.1+/-0.7 L/m2 and 0.9+/-0.5 L/m 2 (in winter) to 5.5+/-1.7 L/m2 and 4.6+/-0.9 L/m2 (in summer) respectively; Different configurations of cover glass and water volume/depth were evaluated on SunwaterRTM single-basin stills. Low-e glass was found to produce 14.7% less water than standard clear glass. Water yield was generally not sensitive to operating water depth; A double-basin prototype was constructed and tested. It had an average daily yield of 0.47 L/m2, while the standard stills produced in the range of 1.8-2.9 L/m2.


Basin; Double; Evaluation; Las Vegas; Nevada; Performance; Single; Solar; Stills; Vegas

Controlled Subject

Environmental engineering; Civil engineering

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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