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The weather has made me think of many different ways to obtain, clean, store water this year, so I thought back and wouldn't a rig with a swimming pool filter (think hayward sand traps) do the trick with some charcoal on the bottom and some sand on the top? Something to think of if you see one out by the trash can (my neighbors had one for whatever reason today by theirs).
 

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I'm sure these filters would make any water you find safe to swim in... but the question is whether they good enough to make water potable? I wouldn't eliminate them outright... but might consider them as part of a two stage system.... so I could extend the life of my potable water filter.
 

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Filters keep pool water clear because they catch pollutants such as dust, leaves, plant pollen and bacteria.Water is pressed through a bed of filter sand and removed through a set of horizontal pipes at the bottom. The filter place of a sand filter is equal to the place of the filter itself.
 
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