Here is a very inexpensive water filter experiment I conducted over the past weekend. I was taught this method while serving in the military several years ago and remember it being one of the easiest and most simple methods I know of. All you need for this is two containers and a 1 foot piece of string, cord, or strip of cloth.
Simply place the container of muddy/dirty water at an elevation slightly higher than the clean, empty container. Holding on to one end of the string, dip it into the container of dirty water, but ensuring not to allow the end you are holding onto to be submerged completely. Then run the string into the clean container. Water will begin to move from the dirty water into the clean container almost immediately. To process a quart of water using paracord, this took about 30 minutes.
This method is for filtering water that has collected in a mud-puddle of similar location. It will not remove pathogens, bacteria, chemicals, or other nasty micro organisms found in contaminated water, but I have used this in the field with good results.
Also, remember if you are going to consume questionable water, you will need to be rescued within three days. After that, the results of ingesting bad water will begin to affect you health in a very bad way depending on the contaminants.
Unlike commercial filters, there are no studies to declare this filter system is good for 200 or 1,000 gallons. So, use common sense with this. Try this at home and see just how simple this method really is.
Train hard, train smart.
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