Forum Index » Make Your Own Gear » Water Scoop and Pre-Filter


Display Avatars Sort By:
Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Water Scoop and Pre-Filter on 02/01/2010 13:35:54 MST Print View

Problem

It's hard to fill up a narrow-mouth, collapsible water bottle like Platypus at shallow water sources. Also, filling up often disturbs the water, stirring up particulates into one murky mess.

Option

Make a simple, light and compact water scoop with integrated pre-filter.

Materials Needed

1. Sacrifice an old 1L Platypus water bottle
2. Platypus "push-pull" cap
3. mesh coffee filter ***

*** Cheaper option -- buy this at Wally World for $2 and cut out the piece of mesh filter within.

Putting It Together

1. Cut out a round piece of mesh just a tad bigger all around than the push-pull cap -- and insert into the cap as shown in photo below.

2. Cut out the bottom of your old Platy -- as shown in photo below.

3. Screw the push-pull cap on.

That's it! You're done!




Using It

1. With cap screwed on and in closed position, scoop a bottle full of water.

2. Position your receiving bottle water below -- then pull open the push-pull cap. Water will very quickly drain through the mesh pre-filter into your receiving water bottle -- and be free of any visible sediment or debris.

3. Treat your water with UV or chemicals as desired.

After use, I give the water scoop a quick wipe, then put my small bottle of chlorine inside, roll it all up and stuff into my pack's side pocket.

Edited by ben2world on 02/01/2010 13:53:57 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Water Scoop and Pre-Filter on 02/01/2010 13:43:02 MST Print View

Ahh! Thought I was on the DIY branch. Sorry.