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Homemade Water Filtration Using Charcoal And Sand

Updated on July 21, 2014

Homemade Water Filtration Using Charcoal And Sand - Can I Do It?

Looking at a homemade water filtration using charcoal and sand can be a very good way to get clear, clean house water. As the need for clean water grows so will the need for water filters. Making a Homemade Charcoal Water Filter can easily be done and you will save a lot of money in doing so.

Very often people worry about homemade water filters. Are they really effective and can you really trust it with your family's health? Well, of course that all depends on how you construct your homemade charcoal water filter.

Another factor that plays an important role when looking at homemade water filtration using charcoal and sand is the state the water is in. Do you only want to filter out some solids like stones, sticks and leaves or do you have a real problem with bacteria?

If you are using water that is really contaminated by lots of bacteria or if you are using well water with the danger of bacteria, constructing a water filter with activated carbon in it will be a better idea. The carbon will even remove chlorine from the water and leave the water smelling and tasting very clean and fresh.

Very often though all you need to filter is some rainwater and for that homemade water filtration using charcoal and sand is a good solution. You can construct a Homemade Charcoal Water Filter for a fraction of the costs of a new one and you will know what is in it and you will be sure you are getting clean water in the house.

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Making A Homemade Charcoal Water Filter

You should not believe the industry that would have you believe a homemade charcoal water filter is not good enough. With the right plans and the right system you can make one at home for much less that is just as good as the commercial ones.

It is true that it will probably take you about one hour to make it and you should at least be a little technically inclined if you want to do it. If you have ten thumbs I do not think you should attempt it. I'm convinced though, that if you are reading this, you will be able to do it.

Before you start work on your homemade water purifier, make sure you have everything you need handy. Most of the items you will have in the house, but the granulated charcoal, for instance, you will have to buy.

As fat as the construction of the water filter goes, it is possible to make it from common household items or you can buy pre-fabricated units that you only have to assemble. The first will of course work out cheaper, but the latter may be easier.

Apart from using the charcoal as your filtering medium, you will also have to filter your water through and initial stage that will consist of small pebbles and then sand. This will get rid of most of the debris and will stop your charcoal from clogging up. It is also important to know that you will have to clean your filters from time to time to make sure they are working well.

Making a Homemade Charcoal Water Filter is a good idea, but I think having a look at a good guide to instruct you is essential.

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    7 years ago

    This is a very good piece of information!!! Thanks a lot for sharing!

    Here is my way of making a homemade water filter in 3 easy steps:

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    9 years ago from malang-indonesia

    it really nice information. great hub.

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    9 years ago from North Carolina

    I love this solution, the water filters most people are using now Brita and Pur adopt a similar method but they don't say it as coal. They have powdered carbon sand, which does a similar job.


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