Homemade water filter: Learn the art of filtration
It is also important to know that filtering water is not the same as purifying water gaining it safe for drinking, but in an emergency, this outdoor survival skill can be beneficial.
If all you can find is muddy water, you will need to build a filter which will clean it of all the sand and debris. Filtering the water means merely removing all visible dirt and debris which will help make it safer for drinking. Harmful bacteria and microbes will still exist in the water, but the filtering process will make it taste a little better.
To begin filtering the water, you will need to have a container to keep it in. A bottle will work well. By forming the bottom of the bottle off, you will be able to use the top as a makeshift funnel. For the best results using this method stuff some cloth material into the conduit to trap debris. Using a can will work, too. For the water to be able to run through you will need to punch a few holes in the bottom of the box with your pocket knife. Then it’s just a matter of letting the waterfall through the holes trapping anything else inside the can.
Filtering water in the wilderness can be achieved several different ways. Without a bottle or a can, you can consider this method in an emergency. You can place an item of clothing or cloth material straight over the container as a filter. You should be able to get rid of some particles with this method.
Use what nature provides. Rocks and sand in alternating layers will make an excellent filter. Using more layers will create a better screen.
Bark made into the shape of a cone can be used in place of bottles and cans. Layer the rocks and sand inside the cone. To hold it all together using a piece of string at the bottom of the cone. By thinking ahead and putting small rocks at the bottom, you will be able to stop it from all falling apart.
Use both fine and coarse coats in the filter, alternating between the two. Sand pouring out of the bottom of the cone needs to be avoided. This isn’t as hard as you might think. Use a non-poisonous grass, small pebbles or some cotton material.
When your filter is finished start pouring your collected water into it. Catch the water in a container after it has gone through the screen. Check the filtered water. If it’s not clear you will need to filter it again. Keep doing this until you have some clear water.
Even though you now have clear water, there is still little nastiness in there that need to be gotten rid of. The water still needs to be purified. The filtered water will always probably contain bacteria that could make you sick. Filtering water is simple. Boil it over a fire for approximately five minutes (some people say just to a boil, I take no chances) or use a water purification tablet.
Learning how to filter water in the wilderness is an essential outdoor survival skill. You can keep yourself alive by knowing how to make your water fit for drinking. This will save you hydrated while you wait for the rescue party. Make sure you can filter water by practicing when you don’t need it. It’s a pure skill that is literally a lifesaver. As an avid camper, I choose to acquire the skills I might require to keep my family and myself alive if things go wrong.