Summer winter fall or autumn. Rain or shine. Night or day. Water is and will always be essential for survival. When SHTF, we need to be able to find and also maintain natural sources of water for our survival. In this post, we talk about freshwater sources that you don’t need to purify.
Most water sources we would discover in the wilderness would need to be purified before drinking. But if you need to purify water in the wild with nothing, what would you do? There are freshwater sources that are safe and drinkable right off the source. That’s what we’re covering in this post.
Natural Water Sources
What Is Safe Drinking Water
First, let’s clarify what we mean by “safe” drinking water. What exactly qualifies as being safe? Here’s the thing, you can’t tell.
So what do you do? You use your survival instincts. You consider the following:
- Where is the water coming from
- How badly do I need to drink water right now
- Am I willing to get sick or worse to drink this water
Water Survival Guide: 7 Natural Sources Of Water
Anywhere you are or anywhere you go. There will be water sources. But of course, not all water sources are equal. There are water sources that can nourish you and others that can kill you.
Knowing how to identify and filter out the bad from the good is essential for any prepper for survival.
Some sources can be fine to drink without any work and others can require just a little preparation and work for safe drinking.
Safe Drinking Water is called “Potable Water”. Let’s start with number one.
It might seem odd to pack snow tightly into a container and then carry it around. But if don’t have much water supply, you’re going to need to do it. Snow can be tricky though. Make sure the snow is clean before consuming.
Water is essential but if drinking contaminated water puts you into an even more dangerous situation, then what good is it? Or you could just be more on the safe side and purify the snow before consuming it.
Same with the snow. You can use ice for a water source as that’s what it’s meant to be. This is in most cases, a better option because snow has more opportunities to collect dirt and impurities.
You can harvest the sap from trees that you can drink. Not 100% water but it’s sufficient. Birch and Maple trees will be your golden tickets. And if it’s spring time, even better. Cut a notch in the tree and the sap will start flowing.
Watch this video on an effective way to get the sap from a maple tree.
What better water to drink than from the real stuff that falls straight from the sky.
Having rainwater to drink is ideal and it’s as natural as it gets.
But collecting, harvesting, and containing that water isn’t all sunshine and rainbows…
You can absorb the dew with some type of fabric and suck it out. Think of it like sucking on oranges.
Vines regularly store water that you can access. The bigger the vines, the more water there is likely to be.
Cut at an angle towards the bottom of the vine. You can let it drip into a survival canteen to store for later.
This is the most overlooked source of water. Food.
Does it have a lot of water? No.
Is it an adequate water source in a life or death situation? No.
But it’s something…
So just remember. If you’re eating food, you’re also getting some H2O.
Meeting Your Daily Water Intake
So now we know a few sources of water if we need them. But, are they enough to meet our daily intake requirements?
According to The Food and Nutrition Board, adult men should consume 3.9 quartz of water and Women should consume 2.7 quartz daily.
If you try and practice harvesting water from these sources, you’ll get better and more efficient at accessing every drop of it. You’ll be able to meet your daily requirements.
We can only survive about three days without water. Which means it’s the top priority after a disaster or in an emergency. These natural water sources are commonly available in most areas. If you have to bug-out to the wild or if you’re local stores actually get “sold out” of all water in town, you’ll know how to find water.
Are there any sources of fresh water that you know about? Let us know below.
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