Good day to you all! This week I’d like to tackle the issue of water purification and storage. As we know, water is critical to sustaining life; one can survive only three days without it (although this depends on your condition). I’d like to share some tips with you that will hopefully preclude you from ever having to find yourself in that situation!
Firstly, let’s estimate how much water one needs to stay in good condition. Most adults need eight cups a day (around 2 liters) to be fully hydrated. This depends on your activities, however. If you’re sitting in your basement, playing cards and riding out a tornado, you’ll probably use less than if you’re doing some heavy wood cutting to build a shelter in the forest. You want to avoid dehydration at all costs. Symptoms of dehydration can include dizziness, dry mouth, lightheadedness, and weakness. Dehydration is not limited to hot climates; it can occur any time you are not getting enough to drink. Without water, you are dead. In some circumstances, you may be forced to wisely manage a very limited supply of water. In these cases it’s up to you to determine how much you need to drink.
A second point I’d like to touch upon is the distinction in types of water. Although drinking water is your primary concern, you will need water to cook with, wash yourself and clothing, and other uses. For cooking, you will want to use some of your drinkable water. For some cooking uses, such as MRE heaters or boiling things in a pouch, it may be acceptable to use less-than-potable water. For washing however, consider using water which you’ve filtered, but is still not quite up to par for drinking. Stored and filtered rainwater would do nicely for this. If for some reason you find yourself in the mountains, forced to make use of a single body of water, I would double filter and possibly treat the water you set aside to drink. In fact, I’ll cover filtering and purification in my next post!