DIY Water Filtration

There are plenty of commercial water filtration options available. To see a selection of these devices, head over to the camping and backpacking section of any major outdoor recreation store. But what if you’re caught in a jam without a commercial device? It’s always a good idea to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster or a car wreck that leaves you stranded off the main roads.

 

Essential Background Knowledge

There’s a significant difference between filtration and purification. Filtration is the process of removing particulate matter from the water, such as dirt and algae. Depending on the level of filtration you can achieve, the process can also remove bacteria, protozoa, and viruses. In contrast, water purification emphasizes the removal of impurities like biological contaminants.

 

Pine Wood Water Filter

A small piece of sapwood from a pine tree acts as a natural water filter capable of filtering out nearly 100% of E. coli from the water. It’s all thanks to the size of the pores in the sapwood, which evolved to allow the flow of sap. To try it, take a small chunk of pine sapwood. Peel off all of the bark and outer wood. You should only have the inner heartwood left. Place appropriately sized tubing over it, and secure the tubing with a hose clamp. Fill the tube with water and wait for the clean water to trickle out of the other end of the wood.

 

Beach Well

If you’re ever stranded on a desert island, you can dig a beach well. Go behind the first line of sand dunes and dig a hole about three to five feet deep. Place rocks in the bottom. If you can find wood, line the sides of the well with it. Wait for the fresh, filtered water to fill the well.


Handyman Plus offers professional survivalist services in Williston, ND. The company owner has particular expertise in DIY water filtration systems, underground structures, and long-term food storage. You can get in touch with Handyman Plus at (701) 580-7694.