Purify Your Water!

If you’re camping or hiking in nature, clean drinking water might not be as easy to find as you think.  Water that hasn’t been purified can make you ill. Here are some steps to purifying potentially harmful water!

1. Clean Your Container

Mix 1 teaspoon of household bleach with one litre of water and fully submerge the container for at least 15 seconds.  Rinse thoroughly with a new mixture of water, but this time use much less bleach.

2. Filter Your Water

Get a clean cloth and use it to cover the opening of the container.  Filter water through the cloth.  Most germs are attached to particles and plankton, so by passing the water through a cloth filter most bacteria and other germs are removed.  It’s not enough on its own, but it’s an important step. Let the water settle for 30 minutes so that all the particles can sink to the bottom. You can then use the clear water for boiling or disinfecting.

3. Purify Your Water

There are many different methods to purifying water.  You can boil the water for a full minute,  or buy chlorine or iodine tablets and follow the instructions. You can also put your water in a clear plastic PET bottle and expose it to direct sunlight for at least 6 hours.

4. Add Flavour

Boiled water can taste flat and chemically purified water can have a chlorine-like taste, so to make your water-drinking more enjoyable, add flavour with a pinch of salt or a powdered drink mix.

5. Don’t Contaminate

Be careful not to contaminate the water with your fingers or by drinking straight from the container.