Water is Life - DIY Water Purification Methods

Water is Life - DIY Water Purification Methods

They say water is life. The human body is composed of 70 percent fluids, which are constantly drained with extreme heat and continuous movement. It is important to constantly hydrate your body with clean water to aid bodily functions. Without water, it is difficult to keep a lucid mental state and an alert body to keep you moving. Scientifically speaking, you can't survive with no water supply. During this period, the body deteriorates as cells shrink and then eventually die. In times of crisis, you need to know basic water purification processes you can do even without the use of technology.

Before you start the purification process, it is still best to determine the source of your water. The rule of thumb states that upstream water is the best especially if you are getting your supply in the wild. Make sure that there are no nearby houses to prevent contamination of the water.


The most basic method of purifying water is through boiling. The maximum temperature of boiling water is 100 degrees Celsius, although it is advisable to keep the water heating for a few minutes more. After it has been thoroughly boiled, filter it using a clean cloth to get rid of loose debris. Store it in a sterilized container and try to keep it under room temperature where possible.

Potassium Permanganate

When people think of survival gear they often don't consider Potassium Permanganate, which is present in anti bacterial fluids such as Betadine. Unknown to many, you can use potassium permanganate to treat contaminated water and turn it into potable drinking water. However, you should remember that the level of contamination also affects the potability of the water.

To start the treatment process, filter the water to remove loose particles like rocks and soil. For every 1 liter of water add three or four crystals of Potassium Permanganate. Stir or shake and then let the solution rest for 2 hours. After this time it should be a light pink color, no darker. There might be a slight bitter aftertaste caused by the potassium permanganate present in the solution. The longer you let the chemical to set in, the more effective the purification process will be. Obviously, don't overdo it as Potassium Permanganate can be toxic in high concentrations.

Many people know about using household bleach for water purification purposes, but Calcium Hypochlorite is even better. Calcium hypochlorite is used to disinfect water-borne bacteria. It's a two-stage process whereby you first need to make a chlorine solution using one heaped teaspoon of calcium hypochlorite (granular form) to eight liters of water. This solution is NOT drinkable. After you have your chlorine solution you can use it to disinfect water by adding one part of the chlorine solution to 100 parts water. Let the solution rest for at least 30 minutes before drinking.

In case of drought caused by extreme global warming, natural streams will be dried up leaving millions of household scarce with water. When this happens, the only option is to purify rainwater by collecting it in the most efficient way possible.

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