When you find yourself in a survival situation, a lot of things run into your mind like where will you find food or water or where will you sleep. All these thoughts are always valid and crucial. However, before you delve much into a lot of things, you need to look into how you can find clean drinkable water. This should, flat out, be your number one priority in a survival situation. human beings can only go so long without water. Studies show that humans can go for three days tops without water before their bodies shut down and they die. And before that happens, you will have gone through sheer agony. And that makes water your priority as humans are known to go up to three weeks eating nothing.
When in a survival situation, you will be forced to improvise on where to find water that you can purify and make drinkable and use for other things too. When surviving outdoors, rivers, streams, and lakes are the most common water sources you can find. But what do you do if you cannot find or access any of these water sources? You improvise. There are other water sources you can use. They include:
- Heavy dew and vegetation
This is one of the best sources of potable water. The best way of collecting this water is by tying an absorbent piece of clothing on your chins and sipping the water from the high grass in your location early in the morning. Vegetation, bamboo, coconuts, fruits, cacti, and palm trees are also great water sources you can use. These are all great sources of liquid sustenance that can keep you going in a survival situation.
If stuck in a survival situation, nothing can be more of a blessing than the rain. Most rain water in the wilderness and rural areas is always clean and safe to drink. You can, thus, consume then without having the fear of contracting any illnesses or diseases. When it rains, it is also wise to use all containers you have at your disposal to trap as much of the rainwater as you can. You never know when it will rain next and the trapped water can be excellent survival water.
- Water in muddy areas
In some survival situations, it may have rained recently and you can still see ground water available in the muddy areas. You can try to get clean potable water from these areas by digging a foot deeper into the mud and wait for the water to surface in the hole. You can then use some smooth cloth to strain the groundwater to produce clean potable water. And this can be your water source for some time too until it runs dry. It is, therefore, wise to have enough water storage units you can use to store the water for future use. It is, however, wise you purify this water first as there are chances it might also be contaminated and drinking it might add to your list of problems.
- Snow and ice
Snow and ice are also great sources of drinking water. You only need to be careful not to eat them while still frozen as that will lower your body temperature and leave your vital organs exposed and more vulnerable to conditions like hypothermia and dehydration. So, melt the snow and ice first and purify it if possible before you drink it. Snow and ice are known to harbor many diseases and illnesses you can take if you do not purify the water and end up making you sick in an already bad situation.
No matter how thirsty you get and cannot get a suitable water source, you must never, under any circumstance, dare to drink any of the following liquids:
- Salt water
- Fish juices
- Fresh sea ice