This article may just be what you need if you have ever been caught in any one of these situations:
- The health department calling you to tell you that your water may be bad
- Members of your family fall sick for no reason
- When you come out of a severe drought and end up in running faucets
If your answer is “YES,” then this article is for you. There are many ways of curbing this problem. The main method is having a reliable water treatment system. The one that we are going to discuss with you today is water filtering. If you have been lucky all this while not to face any of the issues above, then who knows, you may one-day fall victim. Better be safe than sorry, right? In this article, we want to discuss with you why you should make a DIY water filter.
Commercial home water purification system are very costly and overly sophisticated compared to DIY filers. Let us list some of the reasons why you should go for the DIY filters:
- You can design the water filter, whichever way you like
- In most cases, the materials that you may need you can find in your garage
- It is relatively cheaper compared to commercial filters
- You do not have budget constraint issues. You can also make advancements to your filter at any time.
Making a homemade water filter
Not everyone knows how to make a water filter. Most of you may not know how a water filter even works. It is necessary for you to know how to make and use a water filter as you can never know, you may one day need to make and even use one.
Below is a guide on how to make different types of water filter for your personal use. It is for you to choose which one best suits you and if you can make it.
The materials you need:
Sand, gravel, plastic plumbing fittings, activated charcoal, hole saw, five food-grade, five-gallon buckets, screen.
A bio-filter has three main layers that are composed of sand, gravel, and activated charcoal. This method of water purification is essential when it comes to purifying water starting from the biggest all the way to the smallest impurities. The design of a bio-filter is solely at your disposal as there is no one-way of designing it.
- Stovetop distiller
Clean distilled water is the only way to go when you have an infant in the house. You need always to make sure that your baby gets clean and purified water. This type of water filter is a little complicated to work on but once made; it can extract water from almost every liquid you find. You never know, all you may have left for water may one day be a swamp. And trust me, you will want to have the stovetop distiller with you at that time.
- Improvised charcoal filter
List of things you need for this tool:
- Piece of cloth
- Two-liter plastic bottles
The improvised charcoal filter works just like the bio-filter only that it does not have the gravel. In this process, we use the ordinary charcoal instead of the activated charcoal we used in the bio-filter.
Water that is treated by the improvised charcoal filter comes out cloudy and is not always ready for drinking.
- Boiled water
This may well be the most straightforward and easiest water filtration method for you in your home. All you need is in this method is a source of heat and water, and you’re all set.
- Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS)
The necessary items here are:
- Plastic bottles
- Direct sunlight
This method requires both heat and sunlight to work. This method, however, has a downside. It can take a while to filter the water depending on the water source.