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Here are five survival techniques on how to purify water in a survival situation.

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The Importance of Water Purification

How to Purify Water by Boiling Chemical Treatment Commercial Filters How to Purify Water with Natural Materials Solar Still/ Distilling

Best Ways How to Purify Water for Drinking

The Importance of Water Purification

We all know the significance of clean water in our body. It helps our cells, organs, and tissues to regulate temperature and maintain other bodily functions.

Without clean water, it would be difficult to survive or persevere especially when SHTF. But what happens if you find yourself in a survival situation with no access to clean water?

You might find yourself trapped in a predicament where you have to choose between dehydration or gulp a cup of cholera-infected water.

Picture this–you’re in the wilderness and the temperature has been slowly rising since you left your campsite–a good, clear, and unmistakably hot day ahead of you.

You look up and notice a few scattered clouds offering little tint, but at least you’ve got the trees. You set your survival pack down on the ground and reach into a side pocket for your water bottle. It’s empty.

While in reasonable conditions, you might be able to survive for three to five days without water but there’s seriously no earthly reason you ought to test how your body reacts to dehydration. It’s time to find some water.

Whether it’s a puddle or a swift-flowing creek you find, you should never assume the water that is seducing your parched lips is anything less than a bacterial breeding ground.

A bad instance of diarrhea or puking will merely decrease your chances of survival. So, how are you going to turn that dangerous water into purified, drinkable, thirst-quenching hydration?

Check out the listing below and learn how to purify water in the wild and drink safely.

1. How to Purify Water by Boiling

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The simplest way to purify water in the wild is to simmer it. To do this, you’ll require( I bet you can guess) a receptacle and fire. To actually purify the water, you’ll need to let it simmers steadily for 10 minutes.

Some say one minute is penalty while others recommend a minimum of seven minutes. In my honest and very frank sentiment, the longer you simmer that water, the “deader” those nasty little sickness-inducing microorganisms will be.

Remember, the last thing you want to happen to you in a survival situation is to get sick. Don’t forget: the higher the altitude, the longer the simmering time.

2. Chemical Treatment

Another way you can make water safe for drinking is to chemically treat it, and you can bet your thirsty little gizzard that there are a number of chemicals that will do the trick. Some examples are Iodine, Hydrogen Peroxide, Sodium Chlorite, and household bleach( yes bleach ).

Some of these chemicals are actually already sold as water purification tablets specially designed for campers, hikers, and survivalists. These tablets are pretty easy to use.

Simply drop the correct number of tablets into your receptacle filled with water and let the tablets run their sorceries. Usually, the water is safe to drink after about 30 minutes( so you’ll have to be patient ).

Be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions before you use these tablets.

Plain old household bleach– one that has no smells, cleaners, or fabricated to be colour safe- is also a good water purifier if you know what you’re doing, but be careful!

This is how you purify water with bleach, add around 1/8 teaspoon of the bleach to a gallon of water and let the bleach do its thing for no less than 30 minutes.

Similarly, mix 5-10 drops-off of iodine( specifically 2% tincture of iodine) for every liter of water and wait for a minimum of 30 minutes.

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3. Commercial Filters

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Not all of us are born mountain humen( although you may be one ). Some of us would prefer the easy style with commercial filters created to come to the rescue.

While there are literally loads of these filters to choose from, most of them operate in a very similar way. Basically, your unsafe water will go into a water hose at one aim of the purifier, and the water will pass through a ceramic or charcoal filter.

This cleans the water before it runs out through another hose and into your container. Commercial filters come in all shapes and sizes.

Some are pump-operated while others are simple filter straw. One point to keep in intellect, however, is that not all the commercial filters will be able to remove viruses( although most of them do remove bacteria, protozoa, and other microorganisms ).

Most people know about the Lifestraw, but if you’re looking for a slightly less expensive alternative that is just as good, check out the Aquastiq! Let’s face it. We aren’t prepared all the time.

If for some reason, you weren’t prepared with the proper equipment to purify your water, there are a few other methods of water purification.

4. How to Purify Water with Natural Materials

One of the most primitive ways on how to filter water is by using clay or sand. To do this, you’ll need to create a makeshift filter that will hold the sand or soil and clean your water.

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Get a receptacle( perhaps your empty water bottle ?) and place your shirt over it. Place sand or soil on top of the cloth. This will be your makeshift filter. Pour the water over your makeshift filter to remove any sediments and particles in your water. Repeat this process several times until your water is appearing clear.

Another method is to excavated a pit near the location of your water source and drink the water that seeps into that pit filtered by the clay surrounding it.

However, keep in mind the method used does not guarantee microorganisms such as bacteria are no longer contaminating your filtered water.

5. Solar Still/ Distilling

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For microorganism-free water, a solar still is actually a great methods to use when safe, drinking water is not readily available.

Dig a hole or pit in the ground. Put your container in the center of the hole/ cavity to collect the condensed water from the solar still. Cover the hole/ pit with transparent plastic and secure it tightly by placing clay or stones on the plastic at the edges of the hole/ pit. Then, place a stone or any heavy object on the center of the clear plastic so that it points towards the receptacle. Like a greenhouse, the water in the clay will evaporate and condense on the plastic sheet. When it condenses, the water will run down into the cup.

Tip: You can add some vegetation into your pit/ pit to enhance its water output. You can also pour unclean water in the cavity to distill it and make it safe for drinking.

The concept of a still is far from new. Follow our steps and create an emergency still of your own.

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Personally, I prefer to travel with my Berkey light. It’s much easier than constructing your own purification system , not to mention much safer. Check it out here .

Whichever method you choose to use, pay close attention to the signals your body is giving you. Remaining hydrated, whether or not you are in a survival situation, is absolutely essential to your well-being.

If you find yourself in a less than ideal situation, remember these tips for hydration and these wise words from Bear Grylls: “Keep your head about you, use common sense, don’t anxiety, and above all think outside the box !”

What do you think of these methods of how to purify water in the wild? Let us know in the comments segment below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 22, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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