Water System

Water filtration has become necessary in most parts of the world due to pollution. We have sophisticated technology to filter water, but there are natural options that have been used for hundreds and thousands of years before man-made alternatives became available and that is what we are using in our community.
One of the most important of filtration is sand, use of sand for water filtration dates back 2,000 years. The Greeks and Romans used sand to remove sediment from the water in their pools and bathhouses. Sand can filter out particles as small as 25 microns. Another form of filtration is Oysters, oyster is naturally filter toxins when they feed. The water passing through the oysters is purified enough to drink. In some parts of the world, natural oyster reefs are still the preferred method for water filtration. One adult oyster can filter more than 60 gallons of water per day.
Plants are also a natural choice for water filtration, especially in wetland areas. Plants automatically filter the water in which they live by adding oxygen and removing carbon dioxide. Some plants also remove heavy metals and toxins while stimulating the growth of beneficial bacteria. Water lettuce and water hyacinth are so effective that they are sometimes incorporated into the first step of wastewater purification.
Charcoal is a slow, but effective, water filter. The carbon in charcoal helps remove toxins. Charcoal filters out particles down to 1 micron, including nitrogen oxide, lead and sulfur oxide. Coconut filters water by absorbing it through layers of fiber. Coconut milk is second only to water in purity. Commercial water filters often use coconut carbon filters to remove toxins and particles. The coconut husks, whether used commercially or in a do-it-yourself filter system, trap most particles, toxins and parasites, including cryptosporidium and giardia.
To disinfect water, many ancient cultures would use copper, iron or hot sand in conjunction with boiling it. Herbs were often used in well filtration, such as amla, which is high in vitamin C, and khus. Plants were sometimes used to purify water, such as water lily roots and the seeds of the nirmali (Strychnos potatorum).