A rubber hose can be used as a do it yourself (DIY) water filter. It is not an actual water filter but it does remove particles and certain bacteria from the water. The filter method works by pushing dirty water down through the inside of the hose, which has small holes that only allow clean water to come up and into your drinking water container. The dirt and bacteria get pushed down to the bottom of the hose and stay there so it won’t be filtered into your drinking water.
A rubber hose is very cheap, easy to find, and [can] usually [be] found [for] around $1 at a hardware store or gas station. You will need to find a rubber hose that has no holes in it.
When deciding which side you want to use as your drinking water side, try pushing your finger against both ends of the hose and see which one pushes back easier. This is the pressure side of the filter. You will need to drink from the opposite end so you will be pushing against the water as you drink it. The only problem with the rubber hose water filter is that it may not last long. The thin plastic could break down and tear after a few months of use so you will need to find another material or create your own DIY water filter.
A do-it-yourself simple rubber hose water filter should last for around two years, but you would have to keep an eye on it and make sure the hose doesn’t get a hole in it.
Water filters can be purchased at any hardware store or online. They cost around $30 to $40 and will filter 100 gallons of water before needing a new filter. The average person drinks eight glasses of water per day, which means the filter would last around three months.
You can make your own homemade water filter by filling a bucket with gravel and sand (any size will do) and putting charcoal on top of this mixture. The charcoal is very important because it will remove any bad odors or tastes from the water. This DIY filter should last for up to a year and the charcoal only costs around $5.
There are many kinds of water filters on the market: straws, pumps, bottles, cups and [more]. A pump filter costs around $100 and is extremely easy to use when you are ready to drink. You simply attach it to your water container, lift the container to your mouth and it will pump the water up so you can drink.
Ceramic filters are very popular because they are lightweight, simple, and reusable. They cost around $30 for a filter that can last up to six months or 300 gallons of water. This kind of filter is also good with filtering cloudy, smelly water.
Water bottles are great for camping and hiking because you can carry them with you anywhere without having to worry about finding safe, clean drinking water. You can filter water directly into your reusable bottle so there is no need to take the top off, use a separate cup, etc. They cost around $20 and will filter around 100 gallons.