How to purify rainwater or surface water so you can drink it

by | May 1, 2009 12:05 AM ET

Let's say that you are in place where you would like to produce your own drinking water. The water you are using might come from rain, or from a clean stream or lake. This is the type of system that can purify it for you:

The system uses a four-stage filter consisting of:

1) a sediment filter

2) two carbon filters

3) A reverse osmosis cartridge

Filtration is followed by a ultraviolet light system to kill any remaining bacteria.

Here are a lot more details on a typical multi-stage reverse osmosis filter system:

If you like the idea of ultraviolet sterilization, the Steripen is a portable way to use ultraviolet light on a small scale:

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