Getting sick can be incredibly stressful.
But getting sick in an emergency situation could put your life in serious jeopardy.
Here’s one technique that will save you from contracting a major illness.
The Survival Rule of Three states that you can survive three minutes without breathable air, three hours without shelter in extreme conditions, three days without water, and three weeks without food.
So water is gravely important to survival.
However, you have to be careful how you consume water.
For example, drinking ocean water will dehydrate you because of the elevated levels of salt, and drinking water from a stream could be dangerous because of bacteria.
Also, the water supply in your area could become compromised.
That’s why being able to filter and purify water is so vital when your clean water supply is running low.
Here are the steps you can employ to build your own filter.
First, gather materials.
You will need a power drill, four 5-gallon buckets, scissors, ceramic tiles, screening, sand, gravel, activated charcoal, and epoxy.
Drill a 1-inch hole in the bottom of three of the four buckets.
Use a 2-inch hole saw to drill a hole into the lids of two of the four buckets.
The lid for the top bucket should be left intact.
Next, take the screening material and cut out 3-inch square patches for the buckets.
Use epoxy to put the patches over the 1-inch holes on the inside of the buckets.
Then use a little bit of epoxy to put the ceramic tiles on the screening.
The ceramic tiles will block bigger particulates while allowing the water to flow toward the screening.
The next part involves preparing the filter medium.
Take the charcoal and crush it into tiny pieces.
In order to clean your filter medium, put it in a bucket filled with water and observe if the water becomes cloudy.
Continue to rinse the filter material until the water stops getting cloudy.
Repeat this process for the gravel, sand, and charcoal.
Once one of the filter mediums is clean, place it in a bucket until all of the mediums are in individual buckets.
Next, put lids on the sand and charcoal buckets.
The charcoal bucket should be placed at the bottom on an appropriate stand that doesn’t cover the bottom.
The sand bucket should go on top of the charcoal bucket, and then the gravel bucket should go on top of that.
Now that the buckets are in place, pour water onto the gravel bucket using the fourth bucket.
At first, the water may come out cloudy, but this is just dirt that wasn’t removed from the filter medium at first.
The water will clear up as you continue to use the filter.
While these materials may seem counter-intuitive, sand and gravel help remove impurities, and charcoal absorbs chemicals and odors while putting minerals back into the drinking water.
Once your emergency filtration system is in place, you’ll give yourself a much better chance of having potable and drinkable water in the midst of a crisis.