The Effects of Backpacking Materials on the Filtration of Pond Water

Backpacking is a popular recreational activity, although in serious situations with a lack of freshwater resources this activity could lead to death. The objective of the experiment was to find an alternative way to filter water in order to make it drinkable in situations when filters are unobtainable. In the search for a reasonable and virtually free alternative, a filtration system was created using raw materials including a water bottle, backpacking fabric, pebbles, and soil alternately layered within the water bottle. To test the hypothesis the researchers used a spectrometer to test and record the amount of suspended particles before and after filtration. The experiment concluded that there was a significant difference between the amount of suspended particles due to microorganisms present in the water before filtration and after. This led the researchers to believe that the filtration system has a positive outcome on the amount of sediment present in the water, which means that there is a declining population in the water due to filtration.

Research Conducted By:

Naim Cekaj
Lakeview High School

Jessica Kluz
Sterling Heights High School

Katelyn Tomasello
South Lake High School