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    Default Five gallon bucket water purifier

    I would like to make a five gallon bucket water purifier and wondered if anyone has done so and what filters did you use? I started watching YouTube videos and it's slightly overwhelming. There seems to be a large price difference between many of the filters and I'd rather pay once.

    Any other tips are appreciated, too.

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    Default Re: Five gallon bucket water purifier

    might search around on a site called Survivalist Boards
    https://www.survivalistboards.com/th.../#post-1325579
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    Default Re: Five gallon bucket water purifier

    just get a berkey.

    https://www.berkeyfilters.com/

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    Default Re: Five gallon bucket water purifier

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    Default Re: Five gallon bucket water purifier

    I use a 5 gallon bucket with a berky filter the type they call a "candle stick".
    Supposed to be good for about 600 gallons , paid maybe $30 for the filter.
    I drain either into another bucket , a steel pot or one of those coolers you see the hi way workers drinking from that has a spout on the side.

    Green scrubbies are used to clean the out side of the filter from time to time.

    The flow rate may be too slow for some people in which case you can speed it up by installing 2 fiters in the bucket from which it will drain into your other container.

    I suggest if water is dirty you should filter it through cloth first to remove muck and grim and save wear and tear on the filter.

    If I was worried about a virus and wanted to boil , my opinion is to boil before filtering and not after , see no reason to contamant my filter with a possible virus.

    The purpose of filtering after boiling is to remove those things boiling doesn't. Chemicals , etc

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    Default Re: Five gallon bucket water purifier

    My uncles built a couple hundred gallon concrete cistern for their hunting and fishing cabin many, many decades ago. It was fed from a rain gutter coming off a section of the metal roof. They used a 18x24 terra cotta pipe, with layers of lump charcoal, sand, and finer charcoal, to feed in to the cistern. I can remember times in the summer pulling out a medium size metal garbage can to make the charcoal when they decided to clean it out and replace the filtration media.

    They and their friends all drank that water for many decades, were extremely healthy, other than lingering WW2 wounds, and lived very long lives. Many in to their late 90s.

    That said, I would go with the Berkey filter also. But their system worked and I would use it again in a pinch, especially with treating the water lightly.

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    Default Re: Five gallon bucket water purifier

    I don't get the pay once. Filters need changing and it's related to what it's filtering. Also filters can grow stuff so another reason to change them.

    Zero water filters show layers on the box but are just all mixed together in their filters. The resin imparts a taste. Just an FYI for anyone thinking of water filters for the refrigerator.
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