How To Clean Water in an Emergency?

Pure water when you need it is just a sip away if you have a LifeStraw.

The best emergency water cleaning plan is one that you undertake now, not when a hurricane, tornado or forest fire strikes and you have only dirty water to drink and somehow must figure out how to consume that water without you, the kids or grandma getting sick.
Reject dark or smelly water or water that has things floating in it, such as oil, feces or animal carcasses, because it may be impossible to undo the contamination in it. Look for clean water or water that is only a little dirty.
When you find acceptable water, fill jugs, buckets, anything you have available and let the water sit in it overnight. If the water has been made cloudy by soil erosion, most of it might settle out of the water overnight and you can spill out the cleanest water at the top to work with.
When you have water that you can use, you have typically three alternatives to clean the water. You can add bleach to it, you can boil it or you can distill it. In an emergency situation, distilling water is usually impractical, so that leaves adding the bleach or boiling it.
If you boil the water, boil it for at least 10 minutes. Find a cover for the pot you are boiling the water in so much of it does not evaporate.
Usually, household bleach, used for cleaning clothes and soiled areas of the house, is available. Add about 16 drops of bleach to a gallon of water. If you have no measuring cups or droppers available, you must estimate. The best way to do this is to estimate a gallon of water and then add the drops. After half an hour, smell the water. If it smells slightly like bleach, it is likely okay to drink. If it does not smell like bleach, you need to add more bleach to the water and then let it sit for another half hour. If it now smells like bleach, it is probably safe to drink.
If after you treat it twice is still doesn’t smell like bleach, it is too contaminated to drink. You need to throw it away and find other water to drink.
A not on the bleach. There was original chlorine bleach like Clorox, which is safe to use to decontaminate water. There are a slew of bleaches around today with all sorts of detergents added to it. These are likely unsafe to use. Get in the habit of using pure chlorine bleach on the clothes so that you have readily available a good source of chlorine for decontaminating water.
Here are ways to prepare now for an emergency down the road.

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