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How to Purify Water From a Spring or Lake

Updated on March 19, 2013

Purifying Natural Water Sources

Water is one of those things that we take for granite in our day and age. It is one of the most important things our body needs considering our bodies are made of almost all water. We would only live a couple days without it. If something were to happen and we had no water what would you do ? This is something most of us don't think about. The first thing you have to do is find a water source. Most of us think of lakes, ponds, or streams as natural water outlets. Once you find your water you have to purify it. Most of what is in water is bacteria which can be treated. Viruses in water are generally only in tropical areas. The best way to purify water is boil it, but if the water is dirty you will want to filter it first.

How to Filter Water From Lakes, Streams, or Ponds

Filtering in of itself is not hard. The earth itself can be used as a filter. Just go by any lake or pond and go about 50 feet away from it and start digging. Your hole will fill up with water. If it looks dirty give if a few minutes and let it settle. If it doesn't clear up keep digging until the water clears up. This is also the case for salt water. Go a little farther inland around 50 yards and start to dig and fresh water will come into your hole.

Another great way to purify water from natural resources is bleach. Make sure not to get any with scents or additives to it. Before adding any bleach to water make sure to either filter the water through cloth, cotton balls, or even sand. Or just let it sit so that any debris goes to the bottom. You want to add 8 drops of bleach for each gallon of water. If the water has been filtered gently shake or stir in the bleach and let it set for 15 minutes. If it's not filtered let it sit for half an hour. You should smell a light chlorine odor, if not than repeat the process and let it set again for 15 minutes. For larger amounts use 1 teaspoon of bleach for seven and a half gallons.


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