Things You Will Need
- Moringa seeds
- Mortal and pistol
- Clean 2-liter soda bottle
- Cotton cloth
- 5-gallon bucket
- Wooden spoon
Moringa seeds, from the Moringa tree, are natural coagulants, giving them the ability to bind with sediments in water and then sink to the bottom, leaving behind clean water. In many areas of the world this is a true miracle, turning dirty, filthy water into clean water in less than an hour and at very little cost.
- Remove the papery wings and pods from the white moringa seeds. Discard any discolored seeds.
- Grind the seeds into a powder using a mortar and pestle, or use the back of a spoon and crush seeds in a tea cup. You will need approximately two rounded soda bottle tops of ground seeds to clean approximately 5 gallons of fairly dirty water. The dirtier the water, the more seed powder required.
- Add a small amount of clean water to the seed powder to make a paste. Put the paste into a clean 2-liter soda bottle. Add one cup of clean water and shake the bottle for five minutes. This activates the seeds.
- Filter the contents of the soda bottle through a cotton cloth and into a 5-gallon bucket containing dirty water and stir rapidly for two minutes with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring more slowly for an additional 15 minutes.
- Stop stirring and allow the contents of the bucket to settle for one hour. At the end of an hour the water should look almost completely clear.
- Carefully pour the 5-gallons of now-clean water through a new, clean cotton cloth and into another container. Be careful not to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the first 5-gallon bucket, pouring off only the clean water.
- Boil the clean water as an added precaution, because moringa seeds may not kill all the bacteria in the water.
Moringa seeds and powdered seeds can be stored in air-tight containers, but the paste made by mixing a small amount of water with the crushed seeds must be made fresh for each batch of water. The exact amount of moringa seeds needed to clean water depends on how dirty the water is and is best determined by trial and error.