DIY 5-Gallon Water Filter

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Make your own alternative water filter with just $35 worth of materials from any local hardware store.

In this article:

  1. Affordable Homemade Water Filter
  2. Materials Needed
  3. How to Build Your Filter

How to Make Your Own DIY Water Filter

Affordable Homemade Water Filter

You will definitely need to know how to make a water filter to further improve your chances of survival. With this 5-gallon container-turned-water filter, you will no longer need to invest money on an expensive commercial water filter.

Why spend those extra dollars to have the best drinking water filter when you can have a homemade version that works just as well?

Materials Needed

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Before you start, you must first gather your homemade water filter materials:

  • Two five gallon buckets
  • One five gallon bucket lid
  • Ceramic candle filter
  • Electric drill with 1/2 inch and 1 1/4 inch drill bits

It is amazing how these four materials can turn ordinary five gallon-sized buckets into a portable and reliable homemade water filtration system that definitely works. However, it is important to note that simply filtering the water would not rid it of all contaminants.

Make sure to add a bit of chlorine or bleach to water even after having filtered it.

How to Build Your Filter

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Step 1: Use a Clean Bucket

Before even starting with your filter construction, clean your bucket thoroughly. If your bucket previously contained strong chemical substances, it might be best not to use it as a water filter. It is possible for the remnants of those toxic substances to seep into your drinking water.

Step 2: Drill a Half-Inch Hole

Use your power drill to drill a hole in the middle of the bucket’s bottom. The said hole must be half an inch in diameter.

It will be easy to locate the exact middle of your bucket as this is often marked at its center. Be precise while doing this to avoid leaking.

Step 3: Position the Candle Filter

After drilling a hole into your bucket, use this hole to secure your ceramic candle filter. You do this by placing the filter upright inside the bucket and inserting the bottom threaded part of the filter through the hole.

Step 4: Secure the Candle Filter

To secure the ceramic candle filter, place the knot at the filter’s threaded bottom, outside of the bucket. Following this, twist the knot to tighten it until it completely secures the filter. Take extra care not to tighten the filter too much as you might crack the bucket.

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Step 5: Replace the Lid on the Bucket

Now that the ceramic candle filter is secure in its place, cover your bucket with its lid. Use the right lid to avoid any leaking or filter malfunctions. Make sure the lid has been thoroughly cleaned as well or use a new one.

Step 6: Drill a Hole into the Lid

After securing the lid back onto the bucket, drill another hole into the middle of your lid. This hole must be approximately one inch in diameter, slightly larger than the previous hole.

You can use a power drill to get this step done quick and easy. If a power drill is inaccessible to you, you can also make use of a pocket knife. While using a knife, you must be careful not to break the bucket or lid.

Step 7: Repeat Steps 1-5

After drilling a hole into the lid, you are now done with half of your water filtration system. Repeat steps 1-5 on another bucket. Once you are done, place the other half of your water filter system on top of your setup.

Step 8: Pour Water into the System

Simply pour in the water you want to filter into the top component of the system. Allow the water to drip down to the bottom bucket. Following this, you will have drinkable water for you to store and use.


Watch this video by DoubleTapShooting to see the creation of this alternative water filter:

Now that you know how to make a homemade water filter, you should be more confident in your capacity to survive all crisis situations. Having an alternative water filtration plan during tough times is important. Without clean water, it is impossible to maintain good health for sure.

What else do you think can be made into a DIY water filter? Let us know in the comments section below!

Up Next: Emergency Water Part 2: Purification

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

This article was originally published on Survival Life

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