Wednesday, April 30, 2008

DIY Bucket Filter

Plans to build your own water filter out of a five-gallon bucket are now available from the Aqueous Solutions website, Resources page.

These small units are great if you want to drink harvested rainwater but are concerned about contamination from air pollution or roofing materials such as asphalt shingles.

We've made it real easy for ya: you can print out the paper and take it to the hardware store. All the parts and tools you need are listed along with photographs and approximate costs. You should be able to get everything from the hardware store except perhaps the charcoal - there you might need to go to an aquarium supply shop, or order filter carbon in bulk over the internet.

This design should cost less than $90 to build, and will provide sufficient drinking water to a household of 5 people for up to 6 months (or about 500 gallons).

For more information on rainwater harvesting, see Brad Lancaster's site.

Photo courtesy Valli Smith.

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