100-Year-Old Trick For Filtering Rainwater

Today we all rely on bottled water and tap water that only a few of us know how to filter rainwater. Rainwater is an abundant source of water for any domestic and agricultural need and can be harvested easily. But filtering rainwater can be difficult and costly in modern times. Instead, find out how they filtered rainwater 100 years ago and make your own!

Filtering Rainwater Collection Using the Old Method

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Water Shortage in Summer

During our boiling, broiling, blistering summer of 2012 here in the Missouri Ozarks, water was a topic of conversation wherever we go. Creeks and ponds dried up (some never recovered) and the water table dropped, forcing a few neighbors to have their well pumps lowered or to even have deeper wells drilled.

Traditional Water Supply

Many folks shared memories of rain barrels, cisterns, hand pumps, and drawing water with a well-bucket as a child usually on grandpa and grandma’s farm. Some said they’d never want to rely again on those old-time methods of getting water. But, at least they knew how it was done.

Old Homemade Water Filtration System

A tattered, 4-inch thick, 1909 book I happily secured for


Originally posted on Survival Life