When spending time out in the wild, it’s important to know how to provide for yourself in the event that you were to get hurt or stranded and go through all of the supplies that you’ve brought with you, including clean water. Luckily, there are multiple ways that you can clean and filter water that you find in the wild even without using things like a hollow fiber membrane module for a filter.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three ways to clean your drinking water when you’re out in the wild.
Create Your Own Filter
There are all kinds of ways that you can filter debris out of water that you’re able to collect in the wild. The trick here is finding a safe and healthy way to do this with limited resources. One of the best ways to do this is to use the clothes that you have with you as part of your filtration system. Once you have water collected, pour it through a shirt or other porous material and catch it in another container on the other side.
By doing this, many of the debris and other particulates will be caught on the shirt or cloth rather than staying in the water. You can filter the water even more by putting some pebbles or rocks onto the shirt and pouring the water over it again to further remove debris.
Get A Fire Going
Another great option for cleaning water so that it’s safe to drink is to boil it. To do this, you’ll need to be able to make a fire and have a container that will be safe to heat up to a boil. If and when you have these things in place, you should then boil the water for a full minute before it will be safe to drink. And while boiling water won’t help to remove all of the debris from it, it will help to purify the water from certain parasites that could make you sick.
Take Chemical Treatments With You
When you know you’re going to be spending time in the wild and there could be a chance that you run out of water, it could be wise to take certain water chemical treatments with you to ensure that you have the ability to clean fresh water that you might find. In most cases, the easiest option here will be to bring water-treatment tablets that you put in water and let dissolve to kill bacteria.
While you can mix your own, getting the mixture wrong can be dangerous, so using tablets that have already been made is the safest bet. If you want to be sure that you’ll always have clean drinking water when you’re out in the wild, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you know how to filter and clean water you find.