How does one create a mikvah in a desert? (IOW, it never rains or snow here).

This is not quite theoretical - IIUC, it is a real problem in, say, some parts of Egypt.

PS. The source of drinking water can be a long aqueduct or a deep well...

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    If you're referring to a place with no natural water source and which would have been entirely uninhabitable until recently, why would you expect that there is a way to build a Mikva there?
    – Double AA
    Jun 7, 2017 at 22:12
  • @DoubleAA: how about a well?
    – sds
    Jun 7, 2017 at 22:19
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    If there's a well they can just dip in the well
    – Double AA
    Jun 8, 2017 at 0:37
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    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:06

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Ohr.edu says that in an area where there is no rain, snow can be trucked in.

Putting snow in a mikveh and letting it melt is in fact one of the methods sometimes used to fill a mikveh. I hear that during dry spells in Arizona they sometimes truck in snow from the Sierra Mountains to fill mikvehs.

See also Chevel Nachloso 6:25

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    Thanks! Would a slab of ice do? Does snow have to be natural?
    – sds
    Jun 7, 2017 at 22:17
  • Ah, so we can just freeze the tap water and place it into the mikvah to melt. Thanks!
    – sds
    Jun 7, 2017 at 22:41
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    a natural underground or mountain stream /spring would work. But the ice story is way cooler :) Jun 8, 2017 at 0:02
  • Would this be kosher for a women's mikvah? That's really interesting.
    – ezra
    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:20

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