(Modern Survival.org) – Many survival shows, magazines and books spend a great deal of time discussing water. This is because water is essential to all life on earth, and human life is no exception. The human body consists of up to 60% water. Without adequate water, the body experiences a variety of nasty side effects before eventually dying.
In a survival situation, clean drinking water becomes a priceless resource. Contaminated water can lead to a laundry list of health issues, including diarrhea, bacterial and viral infections, and parasites such as giardia. But with the proper know-how and the right product, you can make your own safe, potable water.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unscented bleach can be used to neutralize any pathogens that may have contaminated your drinking water. One-eighth of a teaspoon (roughly 8 drops) of bleach can purify a gallon of clear tap water. For cloudy water, double the amount of bleach to one-quarter teaspoon (or 16 drops).
After adding the bleach, wait for half an hour before drinking. This gives the bleach time to kill any impurities and evaporate away.
In a survival event such as a natural disaster, filtering and disinfecting water may be the only way to stay hydrated. Local water sources can easily become contaminated or shut off altogether in these types of situations. Your survival will depend on your knowledge and ability to adapt to the circumstances.
To see how to filter impurities out of water before you disinfect it, check out our article here.
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