How to Make Potable Water When Camping?

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Methods for disinfecting water on a camping trip

Drinking water with chlorine

Chlorine is one of the most effective disinfectants. It is very effective against bacteria but does not have good results against the eradication of viruses that travel through water without making it drinkable. For this reason, it is recommended to filter the water before chlorination, and after applying the chlorine, it should be mixed well and let stand 30 minutes so that the chlorine comes in contact with the microorganisms.

Drinking water with iodineFishing in Colorado. Make potable water

This disinfectant is very useful to eliminate bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that we can find in the water.

In general, 2 to 10 drops per liter may be enough to purify the clear water. Here also, to increase the effectiveness, it is necessary to filter the water before applying the iodine, mix and let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes.

This system is recommended to use in the washing of fruits and vegetables, leaving them to rest in water with iodine for 10 minutes.

Drinking water with water purification tablets

When going camping, this is a good option. There are pills ready for sale on the market that serves to make water drinkable. Using water purification tablets is perhaps the most practical and effective method to make water drinkable. These compounds must be applied in exact amounts and respecting the necessary rest before consuming the water. It is always recommended to read the instructions for use on the package and the expiration date. It is advisable to always carry water purification tablets in your backpack or your survival kit, as they are a very fast, reliable and easy to use system.

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