Ensuring that Your Water is Safe to Drink
Naturally, as a prepper, you’ve made sure that you have plenty of water available in case an emergency situation happens. The issue is, that water will not last forever, and what are you going to do in order to make sure that your water is safe to drink if you have to get it from a freshwater source like a lake, spring, or stream? Let’s take a look at some of the issues that can happen if your water isn’t safe to drink, and how you can make sure that it’s ready to go.
What Could Happen if I Don’t Ensure that My Water is Safe?
This is, of course, the biggest question that many people have about this whole topic. Some people don’t even bother treating their water because they think that it’s fine. But just because you believe the water is safe doesn’t mean that it actually is safe. There are lots of bacteria and other things that we can’t see in the water, so we can never be really sure what’s going on in there. Those bacteria can cause illnesses, specifically of the gastrointestinal system, and, as a result, we may end up getting very sick – or we may even end up dying because of our oversight.
Why would there be bacteria in there in the first place? Well, first, because it’s everywhere anyway. You can find bacteria all over the world, some of it is good, and some of it is bad. But, of course, there are other, more worrisome reasons that there may be bacteria as well. Animals and people may have deposited fecal matter, dead creatures may be in or near the water, or any other number of issues may bring sometimes fatal bacteria in the mix.
So What Do I Do To Make Sure that My Water is Safe to Drink?
There are a lot of steps to this, but each step will help you get that much closer to making sure that water from the wild is as safe to drink as possible. Let’s take a closer look at each of the steps so that you can learn the best way to move forward with it.
First off, you need to strain the water. You will want to grab the clearest water that you can find, and then you will want to strain it through a piece of cloth or a coffee filter. That way, you can make sure that you get out all of the sediment and other items that may get stuck in there. Then, at that point, you will want to take it back to where you’re going to have it.
The next part that you will have to do is boil the water if you have the fuel available to do so. Try and make sure that you’ve got the fuel available so you don’t end up having any issues in the process, and do it for as long as it takes to boil the water (this will vary based on where you are located – the higher in elevation, the longer it will take). This will kill all the living things that may be in there.
Then, it’s time to disinfect the water with materials that you can have. There are lots of different chemicals that you can stock up on, and many of them are the same ones that backpackers will use on their treks and such. Just go to any emergency preparedness store or outdoor store and you’ll be able to stock up on the tablets or whatever else you’re looking for. Follow the instructions on the specific chemical that you are using, and then you will be able to drink the water without issues.
By taking the extra time to make sure that your drinking water is safe, you can ensure that your family will stay healthy and strong so that you can get through the survival situation with as little stress and strain as is possible for the situation at hand. Make sure that you have the supplies listed above on hand, and you will find that it’s easy for you all to keep your water safe to drink, no matter where it’s coming from.