By Chris Hunter

A few years back, a friend who lives in the middle of Farmers Loop Road area and I were discussing her well, which produces an incredible amount of water, but it is the color of freshly cooked chocolate cake. Extremely brown water. To filter it, she would need to buy a device the size of a minivan with lots of regular maintenance.

I suggested a simpler solution: Two water tanks. One above the other. In the middle, a wafer of wood for the water to trickle through.

After being scoffed at and dismissed, I didn’t give much more thought to it at all. Life went on. A year later, I am reading a Popular Science Magazine article about a guy who used a pine branch to filter water.

The mechanics of it were mind numbingly simple: the fibers are naturally arranged like a neat pile of drinking straws. Microscopic drinking straws. Nano-tubes. Natural nano-tubes. If water is pushed, or drawn through using a pump, or gravity, or vacuum, then the tubes are so small that generally speaking… the only thing to make it through the tubes would be water. So this solves the distillation process for making drinkable water.

If you have two containers, one which is clean, and the other which is for unfiltered water, you could in theory squeeze the canister and push the water through a piece of wood and have drinkable water on the other side.

An excellent survival tip in my humble opinion. Sorry Bear Gryllis, no urine flavored drinking water for me. This filter should render it clean, clear, and odor free.


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