Make Your Own Water Filter

You can make your own sand and gravel filter and use it to clean a sample of dirty water. Use a large, empty can. Punch eight holes around the bottom of the can with a big nail. Place about 8 cm (3-1/4 inches) of pebbles in the bottom of the can and cover the pebbles with about 8 cm of sand.

Collect some muddy water from a puddle or a pond. Hold the can over a bowl and pour the muddy water into the can. Look at the water that comes out of the bottom of the can into the bowl. It is much cleaner than the water you poured in!

The water may look good enough to drink, but you should not drink it. It may still contain harmful bacteria that your filter did not remove.

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