How to Make a Water Recycling System out of Household Items How to Make a Water Recycling System out of Household Items

What You'll Need
Large plastic buckets
Empty milk jugs
Empty orange juice cartons
A fine mesh sieve
Large pans

Making your own water recycling system is a lot easier than you may think. It only takes a few household items that you most likely have lying around the house. Your recycled water can be used for lots of things. Most people use their recycled gray water for watering their plants and their yard. It can also be used for cleaning around the house. You can even use the water to give your pets a quick a bath. This article will give you advice on how to recycle your own water for personal use.

Step 1 - Prepare Containers

Wash out the empty milk jugs and orange juice cartons with some mild dish soap and water. Make sure to rinse them well. Then, using a pair of scissors or a paring knife, cut the top portion of the milk jugs and orange juice cartons off. You will want to cut off enough to make sure that the opening is large enough, but do not cut too much over because you will want to keep some depth of the container. Remember, you can not have too many jugs or cartons. The more containers that you have, the more water you will be able to store.

Step 2 - Catch the Rain

Next, set all of your containers outside in an open area. Make sure they are not underneath any tree branches or any other objects. Leave the jugs and cartons out in the rain to catch as much water as you can. You can even place the containers in a large pan to catch to water that splashes out when the rain hits. Again, the more containers you have, the more rain you will catch.

Step 3 - Purify the Water

Now that you have caught all of the rain water that you wish to catch, it is time to clean and purify the water for your use. Take one of your large pans and set it on your work surface, such as the kitchen counter. Take the fine mesh sieve and set it over the pan. Pour each container of water into fine mesh sieve, letting it run in to the pan. It is important to use a fine mesh sieve because this catch even the smallest particles of dirt and dust. If you need to, stop and clean out the fine mesh sieve before straining more water. Next, you will take the water that you have strained and place it in to one of the large pans. Put the pan on the stove and heat over high heat until the water comes to a boil. Boil the water for at least 15 minutes. If you boil the water too long, it will steam away some of your gathering. Boiling is an important part of the purification process. Finally, put your water into the storage containers of your choice and store for up to 20 days.


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