As both a matter of good taste and good health, most families are better off not drinking the water straight from the tap. There are lots of impurities and varying degree of concern. The easiest, cleanest and tastiest solution is to filter your water. In a previous post, HIR reviewed 7 great options for top of the line commercial water purifiers. If you’re trying to save money, or are just the classical incorrigible DIYer, that’s still no reason to settle for anything less than healthy drinking water.
These suggestions on drinking water purification provide the DIY water filtration methods that show you how to make a water filter to keep your whole family enjoying the clear, clean nectar of life. And even if you don’t consider yourself the handy type, you can make this filter system work for you.
Fun Suggestions on How to Make a Water Filter
1. The Tools. First you’re going to need some things. Trust me; this is going to be fun. You start by gathering up:
- Small plastic bucket
- Power drill
- Baling wire
- Wire cutters
- Ceiling hook
- Two opaque, watertight tubs with lids–plastic or metal
- Rubber tubing
- Non-toxic silicone sealant
- Fine sand
- Well washed gravel
2. Use the drill to make numerous small holes in the bottom of the small plastic bucket.
3. You need to install a ceiling hook above your work area. Find a stud in the ceiling and screw in the hook. A stud finder provides extra insurance that you do indeed have the hook placed into a stud. This will be important because the bucket that we’re going to hang from it will be heavy.
4. Twist the baling wire through the holes where one of the bucket’s handles meets the bucket. You want the bucket to be at an easy pouring height. This will be about 6 feet off the ground for most people. Find what’s right for you and loop the baling wire up through the ceiling hook then back down to the other side of the bucket.
5. Cut off any extra bailing wire with the wire cutters. Twine the loose end through the hole where the other handle meets the bucket. If we’ve done this correctly, it will hold your bucket steady as it hangs from the ceiling hook.
6. Now, drill a hole, the width of your rubber tubing, in one of the opaque tubs. You want the hole to be as close to the bottom of one side as you can get it. This is going to be your filtration tub.
7. Now, pay close attention to these instructions. Thread one end of the rubber tubing through the hole so that its end just barely protrudes inside the filtration tub. Press a small square of pantyhose material over the mouth of the rubber tubing as a filter, and seal both pantyhose and tubing in place. Then, you need to use the non-toxic silicon sealant to waterproof the hole. Follow the manufacturer instructions for the sealant to dry in a well-ventilated area.
8. Once that’s done, place your filtration tank on a table or bench directly underneath the bucket into which you drilled the holes. Place the other tub – in which you haven’t drilled holes – on the nearby floor. This one will serve as your holding tank for the filtered water.
9. Now, drill a hole, the same diameter as the rubber hosing, through the lid of the holding tank. It’s a good idea to rinse the hole with running water. You don’t want any loose shreds from the drilling to fall into the filtered water. Place the lid tightly on the holding tank and thread the loose end of the rubber tubing through the hole so that it rests inside the tank.
10. Finally, layer fine sand in the bottom of your filtration tank. Add small, very well-washed gravel and finally charcoal on top of the gravel. Each of these layers should be at least 1-inch thick.
And voila, you’re ready to go with your own home made drinking water purification system. Filter your water by pouring it into the hanging bucket: it will be aerated as it falls into the filtration tank, then filtered and finally pour out through the hole into the holding tank. Easy as pie! Hope these suggestions on drinking water purification provide the DIY water filtration methods that show you how to make a water filter to keep your whole family enjoying the best tasting and healthiest water possible.
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