We all know that water is extremely important. It’s something we drink each and every day. You don’t know how important water is until you’re in a survival situation. Having clean water to drink can be the difference between surviving or becoming a statistic. Drinking bad water can lead to a whole host of problems. Some range from being slightly discomforting to being life threatening. This is the reason why you need to make sure your water is safe to drink. Here, we’re going to tell you how to build a water filter if you’re in a survival situation.
The first thing you’re going to need to do is find a bottle or a container of some sorts. The good news is that people often times throw down their trash instead of taking it with them. It’s bad for the environment, but a good thing in survival situations. A plastic bottle is best to make a water filter out of. You’re going to want to cut the bottom of the bottle off. This is where you’ll put the next items and the water.
You’re going to need to find some course sand, fine sand, and rocks. First, you’re going to put the fine sand in the bottle. You’ll want to unscrew the lid before doing this. The area where the lid was will be where the water comes out. Pack in the fine sand so it doesn’t come out of the opening. Now put in the course sand. After doing that, you’ll want to put in your course rocks. You can also add a layer of fine rocks over the course sand. Then do the course rocks. That is if you have the ability to find them.
Some people will also put a bit of cloth over the area where you pour the water into the bottle. You can do this for some added protection. It’s important to note that this method will not make the water safe to drink. This will only filter out the big things in the water. You may be able to achieve similar results by just filtering the water with a piece of cloth. For example if you’re pouring the water from one container to another. Passing the water through a piece of cloth will filter it to some extent.
Keep in mind you’re still going to need to boil the water or add purification tablets. The water is not safe to drink after being filtered. All you’re doing is filtering out the particles of stuff from the water. You’re not killing off anything that’s alive in it. There still could be organisms and parasites in the water. It’s something that you don’t want to risk in a survival situation as drinking contaminated water can make you deathly sick. Don’t risk your health and welfare by drinking water that’s not been properly treated.
Every survival situation is different. The one constant is the need for safe and clean drinking water. By learning how to filter and purify your water you greatly increase your chances of survival. Which is the ultimate goal when you’re in a situation where your very own survival is at risk.