3 Ways to Purify Water in the Wilderness



Feature | 3 Ways to Purify Water in the Wilderness

In the past, we've talked about finding water when lost in the wildnerness. Of course, finding water is only half the battle — after you find it, you have to make sure it's safe to drink. It's important to know how to purify water in the wilderness so that you always have access to clean, pure water no matter where you are.

Water Filtration Techniques for Any Survival Situation

Without water in a survival situation, you run the risk of dehydration and other health complications after only a couple of days. However, drinking contaminated water can often cause even more harm than drinking none at all. According to Unicef, some of the most common problems caused by contaminated water are diahhroea, arsenicosis, cholora, fluorosis, and Guinea worm disease. Click here to learn more about waterborne bacteria and illness.

The following video demonstrates three ways to filter water in the wilderness. These methods include:

  1. LifeStraw Water Filter
  2. Sawyer Water Filter
  3. Boiling water over a campfire

Check out the video below to see these three water filtration techniques in action.

Want to learn more about water filtration? Check out these related articles on our site:

SODIS: Modern Water Purification System

Outdoor Survival Water Filtration Techniques

DIY 5 Gallon Water Filter


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  1. M.W.Hatch

    January 24, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    It’s like I’m hearing this for the first time, after having been aware of this product for a while now ( haven’t purchased 2 YET). I am hearing a “SHELF-LIFE OF…3 YEARS”? Huh? Could someone clarify WHY a filter has so SHORT a shelf-life? Does this actually mean it ‘needs to be used’ WITHIN 3 years REALLY?

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