This is a discussion on Slow sand water filters within the General Prepper and Survival Talk forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; Has anyone ever tried to construct a slow sand water filter? Any info, tips, designs? Iíve been reading up on the subject and considering trying ...
Has anyone ever tried to construct a slow sand water filter? Any info, tips, designs? Iíve been reading up on the subject and considering trying to construct one using 6Ē diameter pvc pipe. Any thoughts? Iím not interested in any links to articles as Iíve read at least a dozen of these. Iím interested if anyone has ever actually constructed one. Thanks!
BPH, you state in your video that your filter will not remove biological or parasitic matter.
Is that due to the specific design you chose?
There are numerous designs that have been shown to remove both crypto and giardia, as well as viruses.
A few examples:
Review on Slow Sand Filtration in Removing Microbial Contamination and Particles from Drinking Water
From what I've researched, the key to a good sand filter is the biological bloom you get in the sand layer. The gravel layers filter out larger particles, and the sand layer does this as well. But the real magic happens when the microscopic ecosystem of the sand layer kicks in. The microorganisms seek out and ingest the bad biological elements and parasitic spores that can cause gastric problems in humans. Keeping this layer moist and under slow water flow provides the optimal environment for it to establish itself and improve the effectiveness of this design.
"Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem"
"I prefer perilous liberty to peaceful servitude." - Thomas Jefferson
Could a sand filter be improved by including diatomaceous earth in the design?
My take away from BPH's video is: my survival depends on eating 5 gallons of ice cream, ...I'm on it!
...I better get started
kidding aside, where'd you get the activated charcoal?