Make a DIY Survival Water Filter | Survival Tips

A water filter plays an essential role in survival when you bug out or are stuck in the wilderness. There is nothing more important than water. While being able to drink water is a must for survival, take note that you need to drink clean water only. Check out how to make your own water filter in the wild below.

DIY Survival Water Filter | 12 Easy Steps to Make Your Own

Why Is a Water Filter Important?

Water comprises most of our body: the brain (75%), the bones (22%), muscles (75%), the blood (92%) and more. We can go on and on about the benefits of water but when you are out in the wild, you cannot drink it straight from a stream or river. Just because it looks fresh and clear doesn't mean it is. You need a water filter to remove bacteria and other contaminants. Otherwise, you compromise your health and chance of survival.

The ability to make your own water filtration device is an essential survival skill. You can only rely on yourself and your own skills to make it through when living in the wild. It's not enough to rely on your eyes to determine if water is safe to drink. You've come far enough to get out of a compromising situation alive. You shouldn't risk your life now by drinking water straight from the source. The only way to be sure you'll live to fight another day is if you only drink clean and safe water.

What You'll Need:

  • Rocks
  • Sand
  • Charcoal
  • Grass
  • Juice bottle (as a container)

Step 1: Put Holes at the Bottom of Your Filter

In this case, we put holes in the cap of the juice bottle. You will need some holes in the cap to give some airspace.

Step 2: Large Rocks

Large rocks give airspace for the survival water filtration process.

Step 3: Medium Rocks

Lime is a good example of medium rocks. It is used to help the water filter absorb dirt and bacteria from the dirty water.

Step 4: Small Rocks

Small stones are also important in the survival water filter because they block dirty particles from passing through.

Step 5: Layer of Sand

Sand is the finer filter for your survival water filtration system. So if you are making a water filter, remember not to forget adding a layer of sand.

Step 6: Coals

Coals | Make a DIY Survival Water Filter | Survival Tips

Charcoal from hardwood is the material of choice for your survival water filter.

Step 7: Another Layer of Sand

The second layer of sand on top of the coals is needed for even more effective filtration.

Step 8: Fresh Grass

The grass is also a good alternative to cloth for your improvised filter.

Step 9: Egyptian Well

Before using your DIY survival water filter, make an Egyptian well.

Step 10: Get Some Water

The water from the well is ready for your survival water filter.

Step 11: Pour Water into the Filter

You need to repeat the process to make the water cleaner. Set the filter above a glass or cup, and pour the water into the filter. Enjoy seeing the layers saturate the water until it drops slowly to your glass or cup.

Step 12: Drink and Enjoy!

Drink and Enjoy! | Make a DIY Survival Water Filter | Survival Tips

Watch the video below by Survival HT and see how to make a survival water filter in action:

As the video above states, a DIY filter for water should only be used if you cannot find a better, cleaner water source. Remember, your health and life are the top priority. After all, you're a survivalist.

We hope you enjoyed our tutorial on how to make a DIY survival water filter. If you have any tips of your own, share them with us in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 12, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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