How to Purify Water

How to Purify Water Box Prepper UK Prepping

How to Purify Water

Before we start to purify we have already found safe drinking water and filtered it.

This has allowed as to move on to the next step of survival water purification which will allow us to have purified drinking water.

The reason that we need to do this is to eliminate any bacteria or organisms present.

Drinking water with bacteria or organisms present can lead to increased dehydration due to sickness and diarrhoea.

In an emergency situation this can have a critically negative impact on you and those you’re with.

These are some of the different methods on how to go about this:

How to Purify Water by Boiling it

Use your fire or camping stove to heat the water you wish to purify.

Be sure that the pot you are using is clean first to minimise contamination.

Bring the water to a rolling boil where you will see the water bubbling and continue to boil for a further minute.

Please note that boiling water to sterilize will not protect you from Giardia.

Giardia is a common parasite found in animal faeces which can be found in some water sources.

How to Purify Water Using Bleach

Standard household bleach can be used as a water purifier.

It should be Chlorine bleach with Sodium Hypochlorite in the ingredients.

It should be free from dyes or perfumes too.

Stay away from scented or expensive bleach and get a basic type.

This is likely to be Sodium Hypochlorite at around 4%-5% concentration (4grams-5grams per 100grams.)

The following table is based on that strength and type of bleach.

Along with a clean container for your water I would recommend a pipette or medicine dropper for measurement.

Purifying Water with Bleach Box Prepper UK Prepping

How to Purify Water with Iodine

Although Iodine does a great job of producing purified water, it does have disadvantages.

The main concern is iodine water purification is not suitable for people with shellfish allergies, have thyroid conditions or are pregnant.

You can mask the taste with flavourings and it is suitable for use while cooking.

If none of these issues affect you are those with you then it is a good alternative to other methods.

Along with a clean container for your water I would recommend a pipette or medicine dropper for measurement.

Purifying Water with Iodine Box Prepper UK Prepping

How to Purify Water with Purification Tablets

The description for this will be short and sweet.

This is because I have saved the best till last.

You can buy purification tablets and have them stored with your prepping gear.

As long as they are kept in a cool dark place and unopened they will last.

Simply follow the instructions on the box.

One Last Thing

You have now sourced your water, filtered it and purified it.

If you are fairly confident that your water source was good then you should be able to drink it at this stage.

If you are using sea water however or are worried about chemical contamination then you may also want to distill your water.

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