Any homestead, home or apartment could end up without water for one reason or another at any time.  There are circumstances in which you would need to have water on hand for your usage because water is not coming out of the customary pipes that you are used to.  When and if it does happen you will need water for your daily living needs.  Are you prepared for such a circumstance?


Many people have water/rain barrels for the purpose of keeping and storing water.  Rain barrels can serve the purpose of storing water for the garden and for household usage if necessary.  The problem with rain barrel water is that it can have all kinds of contaminants in it from sitting in the barrels for extended periods of time.  It is for this reason that every homestead should have a water filter/purifier.  

When it comes to water purifiers you don't want to necessarily buy the cheapest or the most expensive but what is best.  When you look to purchase a water filter it is not the cost or the looks that are important - it is what it will actually filter out of your water. 

We had discussed purchasing a Ber key water filter system and had looked at them very closely.  They are very highly rated and although on the pricier side by their reviews they seem to be worth it.  We were just at the point that we were going to purchase a Berkey at Homestead Heritage when I came across a youtube video in reference to water purification.  The guy in the video was talking about the inexpensive water filter kit that he bought from Cheaper Than Dirt. 

Of course I had to immediately get online and check out this water filter kit to see if it was something that I could do and get more information.  Oh it was the perfect solution.  The Camp-352 water filter kit had a lot of reviews and those that had it seemed to love it.  Okay for that price I had to try it.  The Camp-352 was only around 25.00 plus shipping and I already had the two buckets.  I figured I would buy it put it together and then document some results for you.

After I got the filter and put the kit together I hopped in the truck and headed to the new homestead where we have no running water.  I filled a 55 gallon barrel with water to take with me.  Now that test was really to check the taste of the water after filtering and also to see at what rate it filtered. 

The Camp-352 says it will filter 14 gallons a day.  I was not able to get 14 gallons a day from it but I did get from 8 - 10 gallons a day filtered.  Now I think part of the reason I did not get 14 gallons a day filtered was that it is important to keep up the water level in the bucket to get the most out of the filtering time wise.

Another thing that you need to look at is what the filter will filter out.  This is more important than the rate of filtration.  If you can filter 25 gallons a day but you get a lot more contaminants in the finished product you probably are not better off. 

The following is a list of what the Camp 352 will filter out -

Filters are manufactured to meet:
National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Standard 42
National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Standard 53
ISO 9002 Quality Standard
USA AEL Laboratories
USA Analytical Food Laboratories
USA Johns Hopkins University Laboratory
Abbot Laboratory South Africa
University of Chihuahua Mexico
British 5750 Quality Standard
England’s Water Research council (WRc) Performance Standards

The filtration efficiency is 0.5 micron
Removal capabilities as follows:
99% Arsenic 5 and 99% Arsenic 3 (special order)
99% Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S special order)
95% Chlorine and Chloramines
99% Taste
99% Odor
98% Aluminum
96% Iron
98% Lead
90% Pesticides
85% Herbicides
85% Insecticides
90% Rodenticides
85% Phenols
85% MTBE
85% Perchlorate
80% Trihalomethanes
95% Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbons
99.999% of particles larger than 0.5 micron (Staffordshire University Labs) (includes Anthrax)
99.7% of particles larger than 0.3 micron (Staffordshire University Labs)
98% of particles larger than 0.2 micron (Staffordshire University Labs)
100% Giardia Lamblia
100% Cyclospora
100% removal of live Cryptosporidium (WRc Standard)
100% removal of Cryptosporidium (NSF Standard 53 – A.C. fine dust – 4 log challenge)
100% removal of E. Coli, Vibrio Cholerae (Johns Hopkins University)
99.999% removal of Salmonella Typhil, Shigella Dysenteria, Kiebsiella Terrigena (Hyder Labs)

Product is silver impregnated and will not permit bacteria growth-through (mitosis) provides a hostile environment for all microbiological organisms and will not support their growth. Ceramic elements may be cleaned 100 or more times with a soft brush or damp cloth.

Okay so let's take a look at what it took to put the Camp-352 together and get some water filtered.  I also took pictures of a filtering test we did after we got back from the new homestead with some water that had been sitting around in a rain barrel out front of the house.

Here is what you will need -

  • a drill
  • 2 buckets w/ lids (prefereably 5 gallon)
  • 2 drill bits - 1/2" and 3/4"
  • Just Water Camp-352 filter kit


Now Let's put it together -

Use the 1/2" drill bit to drill into the lid of the bottom bucket



And the bottom of the bottom of the top bucket



Switch to the 3/4" drill bit and drill a hole in the bottom bucket roughly 1 inch from the bottom for the spigot.

Be sure and sand the edges or the spigot and washer will not fit flush like they need to.

Now place one of the washers onto the spigot and screw it into the hole you just drilled in the bottom bucket.

Now put on the second washer on the inside and use one of the nut to secure it in place.

Now it's time to install the ceramic filter into the bottom of the top bucket.

Take the filter in one hand and place on of the washer on the spout.

Now screw the filter into place in the bottom of the top bucket.  Be careful to use only the base of the filter to screw in the filter and not the ceramic part so the filter is not damaged.

Now place a washer over the filter spout and take the lid to the bottom bucket and insert the spout into the hole  you previously drilled. 

Place the washer to secure the lid to the filter spout.  Again be sure to sand the rough edges for a proper fit.

Now just place the top bucket with secured lid on the bottom bucket and fill with water to check for leaks.

If you have water that is thick or has a lot of organic material in it the filter kit comes with a filter sock and it is recommended to use it for those types of water.

Now you are done.  The whole process takes about 30 minutes if you are not handy with a drill or less if you are handy with a drill.


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