How To Purify Water – Survival Water Purification


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Methods for the Unprepared Survivalist (tsk tsk tsk)

Let’s face it. We can’t all be prepared all the time. If, for some reason, you weren’t prepared with proper equipment to purify your water, there are a few other methods of water purification.

Method One:

Soil/Sand filter

One of the most primitive ways to filter water is by using soil or sand.

To do this, you’ll need to create a makeshift filter that will hold the sand or soil and clean your water.

1. Get a container (perhaps your empty water bottle?) and place your shirt over it.

2. Place sand or soil on top of the cloth. This will be your makeshift filter.

3. Pour the water over your makeshift filter to remove any sediments and particles in your water. Repeat this process several times until your water is looking clear.

Another method is to dig a hole near the location of your water source and drink the water that seeps into that hole which was filtered by the soil surrounding it. However, keep in mind that this method does not guarantee that microorganisms such as bacteria are no longer contaminating your filtered water.

Method Two:

Solar Still/Distilling

For microorganism-free water, a solar still is actually a great method to use when safe, drinking water is not readily available.

1. Dig a hole or pit in the ground.

2. Put your container in the center of the hole/pit to collect the condensed water from the solar still.

3. Cover the hole/pit with transparent plastic and secure it tightly by placing dirt or rocks on the plastic around the edges of the hole/pit.

4. Then, place a rock or any heavy object on the center of the clear plastic so that it points towards the container. Like a greenhouse, the water in the soil will evaporate and condense on the plastic sheet. When it condenses, the water will run down into the cup.

Tip: You can add some vegetation into your pit/hole to increase the water output. You can also pour unclean water in the pit so that it can be distilled and made safe for drinking.


The concept of a still is far from new. Follow our steps and create an emergency still of your own. 

Whichever method you choose to use, pay close attention to the signals your body is giving you. Staying hydrated, whether or not you are in a survival situation, is absolutely essential to your well-being.

If you find yourself in a less than ideal situation, remember these tips for hydration and these wise words from Bear Grylls:

“Keep your head about you, use common sense, don’t panic……and above all think outside the box!”

by Leighton Trenton / via SurvivalLife

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