You've probably heard about the importance of having fresh, clean drinking water at all times, but you may not have wanted to spend the money buying some kind of portable water purification system. Even though you know that water filtration companies can fail during times of disaster and that lakes and streams are so polluted that it is not safe for hikers and campers to drink from them, you may not have taken the steps necessary to ensure the healthiness of your water. This can be a fatal mistake in some situations and a concept that you should not take lightly. You can save a lot of money by learning how to make your own water purifier.

Creating a simple filtering device is not difficult. All you need for it is a couple of 3 “pieces of PVC, a PVC connector, PVC glue, screening, duct tape, charcoal pellets, a faucet aerator, a 2” x 2 “piece of cotton fabric, and a supply of pebbles Start by using the connector and gluing one piece of PVC to each end of it. Make sure that none of the glue gets inside the pipes. “larger all around than the pipe, and duct tape it to the bottom of section 2.

Add a 1 “layer of small pebbles to section 2 and top with charcoal pellets until the section is filled within 1/4” of the top. Both of these materials can be purchased in a store that sells pet products. Once the pebbles and pellets are in place, you can add the rubber and screening materials from the faucet aerator in the top of section 2 in order to provide extra screen protection. Place the square of fabric so that it fills section 1 of your pipe. This fabric will serve to collect larger particles which are in the water.

After you've constructed your filtering device, place a clean container under it, and pour the water you wish to cleanse through it. Keep in mind, however, that this type of filter is only for use as an extra filter used in order to augment existing systems. Untreated water will still need to be boiled after passing through the filter in order to rid it of all pathogens. This simple little device will also make a great project for your child's science fair entry.