How to Filter Water in The Wild Naturally and Effectively?

If ever that you wanted to go and run in the wild in a weekend or your free day, then there are things that you need to do.

As you go to the wild, you will actually need every single help for you to survive!

Imaging yourself being stranded in a remote area and you have nowhere to go. The main thing that you need to do is for you to have clean water.

As we all know, water in the wild is not that clean and safe. There are plenty of bacteria and other harmful minerals that can make you all sick.

Days Without Water in the Wild?

Water is the most important thing that you need when you are in the wild. However, they are not drinkable in contrary to what you are thinking.

Water in the wild may appear as crystal clear but can be contaminated as well. It can carry some bacteria like streptococci, cyanobacteria, and other microbes found in water.

This is why you may want to consider on doing some emergency water purification for you to make sure that what you are going to drink is clean and safe.

DIY Water Filtration

There are a few ways for you to purify your water. Here are the things that you can do;

A. Emergency Water Filter

Below are the things that you need to make an emergency water filter all by yourself;

  • Fine Sand
  • Some fine stones
  • Ground charcoals
  • An empty bottle
  • A knife
  • A cloth
  • A container that can be used to catch water
  • Course stone
  • Coarse sand

Steps you need to do to make the DIY work;

  • Using a knife, go ahead and cut the bottom part of your empty water bottle.
  • Starting with the cloth, start pouring in the items for filtering your water.
  • After you put in the cloth, place the charcoal bits.
  • And then, pour in the rest of the items in the order indicated below:
  • Fine Sand
  • Coarse sand
  • Fine stone
  • Course stone
  • Once you have poured in all the items for filtering your water, make sure that you still have enough space for you to pour in the water.
  • You can also use a set of rags or rubber bands for you to cover the top of the container.

The first dripping of water that you can collect can still look cloudy. This is because of the dust coming from the filter. You may discard this and then collect new water using your container.

B. Boil Your Water

Those water that you have collected using your water filter still need to be boiled. This can be done easily if you have the right tools with you.

The idea is here being for you to have a sweet spot from the amount of water that you can carry and of course the number of matches that you can sacrifice for you to boil the water. And to do this, here are the steps;

Step 1: Pour in an adequate amount of water in a pot. If you do not have a pot with you, make use of any fireproof container.

Step 2: Start a fire under your container.

Step 3: Pour the water into a bottle so that you can use it on the following day.

C. Carry A Straw

The straw here that we are talking about is not an ordinary straw that you actually use for sipping water. This item can be small, but it can surely help you in terms of purifying your water.

All you have to do here is to put the straw in your water container. Decide on which side of the straw goes to the container and which one goes in your mouth.

Then you can sip all the water that you want. After finishing your water, go ahead and blow the straw for you to clear some dirt on your filter.

D. Make an Evaporation Trap

Water that can be collected using this method may take some time. However, if what you need is a stable supply of drinking water, they might as well try this purification method.

Step 1: Choose an area that has a constant connection with sunlight

Step 2: Dig a shallow hole in the ground. This hole should have somewhat enough space for you to put in your water container. Make sure that no dirt will get in the container when placed into the hole.

Step 3: Cover the whole that you created using a plastic wrap for you to trap in moisture from the ground.

Step 4: Put a small rock in the middle of the plastic wrap above your water container for you to make a dip.

Step 5: Watch carefully on how the sunlight evaporates the water from the soil. As the water evaporates, it will then touch the plastic wrap, then will be condensed and will drip back into your container. The water gathered using this method is considered as already purified.

E. Make Your Own Solar Still

This is a bit similar to the one indicated above because it uses the same technique. Here’s what you need to do!

Things that you need;

  • Basin
  • Can
  • Plastic wrap
  • Small rock

Here’s what you need to do;

  • Place the can in the middle of the basin. Make sure that you can do not peek in the outer rim of your basin.
  • Pour the dirty water into the basin. Make sure that no water will be poured into the can.
  • Cover the basin using a plastic wrap.
  • Place the whole thing under the sun. At the top of the wrap, place a small rock just above the can.
  • Let the water evaporate and be condensed. All the water that is condensed with this method will be all in your can.

Wrapping up, these are some ways that you can actually filter your water naturally when you are in the wild. It might come in handy if you can bring all useful tools with you during your whole journey.

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