STEPS TO CLEANING OR PURIFYING WATER
Note or Warning: This is for those of you that are
in strange places like the Amazon River or some Laos Jungle have no choice, for
the rest of you read this for fun, and do not use... hehehe! I suppose some of
you are survivalist that read this article so have some fun from a guy that is
still alive. i.e. Iraq, Amazon, Mekong, India and a few other places of mild
clarification and disinfection (as shown in the figure).
Clarification removes most of the turbidity,
1. Make a well or find clear water.
Groundwater is safer than stream or lake water.
Dig a small hole big enough for the water to seep or leach
into the hole from the ground table. You will need to be close to a river or a
stream and did down to the level of the top of the stream or the top of the
lake. If you dig a hole deep enough you will create a well. The soil is a
natural filter of water. You will have to allow a few hours for the dirt to
If on the Amazon or something strange the locals will say
the water in the center is cleaner.
2. Clarification or getting the debris out of water.
Take a clean sock and poor the water through the sock. You
may wish to do this a few times to make sure the water is clear. If you like a
better flavor then use your girlfriends undies.
3. Killing the bug, microbes and other things.
Boil the water. The higher the altitude the more you boil.
I have no clear idea why? But that is the conventional advice. But I bring the
water to a heavy boil.
4. Step 4 is for the still paranoid types.
Put a small amount of chlorine bleach or iodine in the
5. Let the water sit around for a day or half a day for
the water to chemically clean, but I am not sure really how long.
This is a tip for the crazies of the world. If you bought
want of them filters that cost too much, I would still recommend you boil the
6. Drink the nasty stuff.
7. My method is normally to skip all of the above and
drink the water, but I am one of the crazies that like an adventure in any form.
If I can see through the stuff I will drink it.