While it might not look like much, a ceramic water filter can mean the difference between you having icky stuff in your water or drinking clean, pure H2O. Blogger Russ Michaud details how to make your own ceramic water filter and offers several examples of DIY systems. Here's his diagram of a 2-bucket setup. From MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine.
100-Year-Old Way to Filter Rainwater in a Barrel - If you want filtered water right from a rain barrel this is for you. For gardening, rainwater is, naturally, best unfiltered, But for household use, the vintage book says the following instructions yield a cheap and easy way to make a filter just as good as a patent filter costing 10 times as much.
If you are like many people and collect rainwater to use for for your garden or even for drinking? Some sources of water might contain various types of solids and other material that may have come in to your system from your water collection system. One great way to remove debris that is in the water is to build your own water treatment tower.
If you had to evacuate for any reason, what is your water solution? I'm not talking about how to get a drink of filtered water - I'm talking about being able to cook, do dishes, keep your whole family hydrated, wash hands and clothes and so on. I'm talking about consuming around 10 - 12 gallons of water per day.