We are used to the luxury of walking over to the sink and having safe water at our fingertips, fresh from the tap. Still, in the wild, water is not generally safe for drinking. Because water is seldom pure, it is essential to know how to purify water for outdoor survival in an emergency.
If you are not absolutely certain that the water is safe, you must purify it. Clean water is crucial to good health and survival. Water that is polluted can contain microorganisms that can cause serious illness. Viruses and bacteria can take their toll on someone in the wilderness. Stomach issues are not pleasant in the comfort of home, let alone out in the wild. Do what you can to protect yourself.
Chemical pollutants are also a concern in some areas. Such chemicals are often herbicides or pesticides from farming industries. This pollution is another problem we cannot see in the water.
There are three main ways to purify water. Filtration is one method for cleaning the water that removes the visible particles. Your sock or T-shirt can become a filter or strainer to remove dirt and debris from the water. A filtering water bottle can be useful for an outdoor survival kit. Do remember that filtering water is not the same as purifying water.
Boiling is a safe way to remove harmful microorganisms. Boiling water does not remove chemical pollutants from the water. Water must cook rapidly for just a few minutes to be safe, but in some cases, this method is not practical. If you can create a fire, you may be able to boil the water sufficiently for safety.
Many outdoor survival kits include iodine or purification tablets to purify water and make it safe for consumption. Check the contents of your outdoor survival kit to see if such items are included. If not, purchase this item to supplement your current outdoor survival kit. Learn how to use the specific products that you have available. Follow the directions carefully for any chemicals to purify your water. The water is safe to drink using such methods, but know that the taste does not improve.
To improve the taste of your drinking water, it is a good idea to combine filtering and purification methods for the best flavour.
Combining these methods can make the water safe and improve the taste. Locating water and making it healthy for consumption in an outdoor survival situation is crucial. Use what items you have with you and the items found in nature.
Begin with the water that appears the clearest. Moving surface water is always the first choice whenever available. Stagnant water is the least favourable for survival. Water that is not moving and shows no sign of life is a warning to you. Stay away from such water whenever it is possible.
Safe, pure water is key to survival. Dehydration is a real concern in an outdoor survival situation. Use purification methods to ensure your good health during outdoor survival situations. Staying hydrated with clean drinking water can allow you to survive for a significant period in the wilderness.