Improve the Taste of Water


(Modern – To Remove Some of the Foul Taste that can Come with Swamp Water or Other Water, What Do You Need?

  • Salt
  • Bleach
  • Charcoal
  • Heat

Answer: Charcoal. Here’s why…

Purifying water is essential to surviving a long-term emergency situation. Potable, fresh-tasting water is best — and it’s possible to improve the taste of water, even in a prolonged survival scenario.

The fastest, easiest way to purify water is to boil it, killing any harmful organisms that could cause illness. Unfortunately, boiling water also gives it a bad taste.

While having potable water is more important to survival than the taste, drinking water that does not taste clean will kill your morale eventually. Thankfully, there are a few easy options to improve the taste of your water.


Charcoal is a component of many do-it-yourself water filters, but it can also improve the taste of purified water. Improving water’s taste is as simple as placing a small piece of charcoal into water as it boils. Running the boiled water through an activated charcoal filter will also help improve the taste.

Reintroduce Air

The process of boiling water disinfects it, but also removes the oxygen. This is why water tastes stale after being boiled. A simple way to improve water’s taste is to reintroduce oxygen back into it. Shake it up or pour it back and forth from one container to another. Oxygen can also be added by blowing air into the water with a straw.

When a survival situation seems dire, keeping a positive attitude is a must. Something as simple as making boiled water taste better can boost morale during hard times.

For more on how to keep spirits up during a prolonged survival situation, check out our article here.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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