Home made water filter?

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Okay, I am poor, so bare with me here. I read lots on water, and can do the "towel wick" plus 15min boil. However, I read that you can make your own Berkley with a 5gal bucket and purchased filters. Now that, if true, would be affordable to the common joe like me! Has anyone tried this? If so, how did you rig it? Is boiling still recommended after for some contaminents?

-- Hokie (nn@va.not), November 28, 1999


I rigged one up easily with a $35 Berk filter. Use 2, 4 gal. food grade plastic buckets, one will rest atop the other. Drill a hole in the middle bottom of one to accommodate the threaded nipple of the filter. Attach filter so that element is pointing up in the top bucket. On the bottom bucket, cut out a hole in the lid for the filter nipple to fit into. That's it. Fill top bucket with water, and it slowly filters into lower bucket. Takes about a day to filter 4 gals.

-- cheapo (cheapo@filter.com), November 28, 1999.

Thanks so much! I'll print this out and give it a go!

-- Hokie (nn@va.com), November 28, 1999.

do you have a good source for that $35 filter?

-- littleoleme (notreallyre@dy4intimacy.com), November 28, 1999.


About $6 for siphon rig, approx $35 for filter. FAST DELIVERY!

-- Sammie (sammiex0@hotmail.com), November 28, 1999.

Safe-water sells Big Berkey candles for $32.50 each when you buy 2. http://www.safe-water.com/ap/a273sw/index.html


-- walt (longyear@shentel.net), November 30, 1999.

The link above for pure water gazetteneeded a '.html'


$31 for a regular ceramic candle; $56 for a 2 pack of them. Mfg. by Doulton (same mfg of the ceramic candles used in the Berkefeld).

Buy the $6 siphon tubing and connection and you don't have to worry about trying to make a Berkefeld. (I personally would worry in a homemade scenario that the water to be filtered might leak through the drilled hole...).

Check the siphon set-up...

Also, standard disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with this company.

-- murphy (notreal@this.time), November 30, 1999.

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