Tips and Tricks: Water Filtering
At some point in time, you may find yourself needing to filter your own water. Whether it’s because you’re lost in the middle of nowhere or whatever. Hopefully you won’t ever have to come into this situation, but you never know. My characters are in the situation where they constantly have to filter their own water. It’s not like it is today. So in my research to figure out some ways, I came a cross a few methods:
1st method using a colander and milk jug:
-1/2 gallon milk jug
This method is assuming you have these items. Not everyone will have a saw or caulking gun/caulk, etc. If you do happen to, what you do is cut the bottom and top off the milk jug. Measure out sections on the colander that fit the top and bottom of the cut milk jug. You’ll be placing the colander section in the bottom of the milk jug and use the caulk to glue it in place. It’ll seal the edges and fasten it to the bottom.Once this is done, you’ll then fill the jug with small chunks of charcoal, then place a colander section on top of the milk jug and caulk that into place. When this is dry, you can then start filtering the water.
2nd method using the 3-step water filter:
-A tripod made out of wood
Once you have a tripod built, however which way, you’ll need to puncture holes at the bottom of three of the buckets then string them all together. Once you’ve hung these from the tripod, you can start filling the buckets. (Note that if you don’t have buckets, you can use plastic jugs or soda bottles. You’ll need to somehow tie a piece of porous cloth at the bottom of these however.) If your buckets are stackeable, you may not have to hang them from a tripod.
From the top, in the first bucket, you’d fill it with grass (although be careful with this because the grass may not be as clean as it should. There may be eggs from insects, for instance. You could, instead, fill it with gravel). In the second bucket, fill this with sand, and in the last, charcoal.
In the last bucket, you’ll collect the water that will be draining through the 3 filters. To ensure the filters didn’t miss anything, you can boil the water you capture.
What other ways do you know of to filter water when you have limited supplies?