Making a DIY water filter at home is one way to reduce particulate matter in your drinking water. Take note, there is a significant difference between purifying water and filtering it- although the terms are used interchangeably. Purification means that water has been treated in some way to make it safe to drink. (Boiling, water purification tablets, a tablespoon of bleach, distillation, etc). Filtering water means the particle matter has been removed.
If you start with dirty water, such as from a lake or stream, then you are going to want to do both- filter and purify. This article is solely about making your own filters- the first step needed to totally purified water.
Depending on the type of filtering method you use and the contaminants that are in your water, a filter can do wonders for improving the taste and quality of the water that you drink. Many home water filters will reduce the chemicals found in tap water substantially. This may make your home water safer and you may also find that it tastes better.
This video shows how to make a homemade water filter with sand. With a little effort and will, anyone could build this.
This explains a DIY water filter method based on a Berkey water filter. The cost of making this water filter at home is $15 vs the $220 Berkey filter!
A DIY water filter made from simple materials provides an individual, household or community with a decentralized and sometimes mobile low technology solution. Of course, if the safety of water is ever in question especially due to possible pathogens, boiling water is the simplest way to stop water borne disease. If fuel or expense is an issue, boiling water over a rocket stove is an easy and quick solution.
DIY water filters are a good way to remove unwanted particulate matter in your drinking water without the excess cost of pricey systems or bottled water. Most people find them to be a good option and essential to have in times of need.