How To Disinfect Your Water

In survival situations, having access to clean water is imperative.
In survival situations, knowing how to disinfect your water is crucial.
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Water is the most crucial element in a survival situation. When disaster strikes, clean and safe water may not always be available, and if it is, it won’t be for too long. But if you’re properly prepared with disinfecting gear, not all will be lost. If you’re constricted by limited resources, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you start by filtering water through a clean cloth, a paper towel, a coffee filter or allow it to settle. Draw off the clear water and perform the following steps:

Chlorine Bleach

1. Add eight drops (0.625 milliliters) of unscented liquid household chlorine (five to six percent) bleach for each gallon of clear water (or two drops of bleach for each liter of clear water). Add 16 drops (1.5 milliliters) of bleach for each gallon of cloudy water (or four drops of bleach for each liter of cloudy water).

2. Stir the mixture well. Let it stand for 30 minutes or longer before you use it.

3. Store the disinfected water in clean, disinfected containers with tight covers.

Iodine/Chlorine Dioxide

1. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Store the disinfected water in clean, disinfected containers with tight covers.

This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Spring 2016 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.

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