Top 6 Emergency Water Purification Techniques. Photo – Pixabay (PD)
If an emergency strikes, having clean water to drink will be one of the top priorities. There probably won’t be time for research when the time comes and we’re unlikely to have the information we need to hand. So it makes sense to do a little research now and embed some useful skills.
It pays to know how to survive if the system that supplies our drinking water goes offline. If this were to happen or, for example, we found ourselves stranded in the wilderness on a hike or a road trip, where would we go to find a drink? (Don’t say “To the seven-eleven”.) We discovered an article which provides six easy-to-remember techniques for purifying water with basic equipment or readily available chemicals (boiling, iodine, chlorine, solar still, ultrviolet, distillation). There are also listed three filtration materials (carbon, ceramic, paper), together with some pros and cons. With a range of options to choose from, we can arm ourselves with the knowledge we need to be prepared and if we have already had a look around where we live for another source of water, we’ll know exactly what to do.
One of the methods used to purify water is to add iodine – apparently it makes the water taste bad but at least it will make it safe! Some people are concerned about the possibility of an allergic reaction to iodine – this has now been shown to be medical myth! Here is one of many reports that confirm that an iodine allergy is not possible: http://pediatricinsider.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/the-myth-of-iodine-allergy/
Sadly, as many of us know, there are few areas of the world that still have naturally occurring water that is safe enough to drink. Rivers and streams are often affected by chemical run-off from agriculture, chemical or bacterial pollution – with even remote areas sometimes being contaminated.
There’s clearly a need for better care to be taken of the sources of water that give us all life but we can’t change the current situation overnight. However, thinking about a survival event can be a useful exercise even if the time never comes – it acts as a reminder of how precious water is and will help us to avoid any activities that threaten to cause pollution. The health of the world is measured by the health of its water so all that we do now will make a difference for the future – this includes preserving natural environments wherever possible and allowing water to flow in the way nature intended.
Here’s the link (via web archive) to the full tutorial: http://preparedforthat.com/emergency-water-filtration-and-purifcation
What about well water? Many households depend on a private well to supply their drinking water – we found this useful link with a variety of tips and checks to keep your water in the best condition: http://www.ehow.com/how_8027590_care-well-water.html
What about locating water in the first place: These pages will give you a lot of info about finding water in the wilderness or in an urban survival situation:
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