If you and your family are thirsty or severely dehydrated, it makes no difference what other survival preparations you’ve made: you need a pure water source. Immediately.
You either have a way to store survival water, or a method to purify it. Preferably both. This post discusses both types of water purification and nine important Do’s and Don’ts of water storage. Enjoy and act:
The absolute most important resource for survival is water. Whether you’re on a hike in the back country or an extended trip overseas, the clock begins ticking when you run out of safe drinking water.
Severe flooding, storms, and civil unrest can strike at any time, or your vehicle can break down and you’re simply stranded. You can be caught by surprise without a means of obtaining the 1 gallon per day of drinkable water that every adult needs.
Your health and survival will begin evaporating even faster if you ingest even a few drops of contaminated water. Almost no natural source of water in the world is free of contamination, even the clearest, coolest mountain stream.
These contaminants include the protozoans (single-celled organisms) and cysts – nasty intestinal parasites such as E Coli, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium. Getting infected with any of these is no joke, as I found out once on an overseas trip. Some of these sicknesses come on fast and incapacitate you, greatly diminishing your chances of survival …
Source: The nine water storage tips are in an infographic at the end of John Peterson’s post.
Image: Thomas Mühl