Clean water is something that is hard to find nowadays. Gone are the days where we could roam around the mountains with our friends or family and find any local water source and drink from it. At some point or another, the water is either dirty or contaminated by a nearby power plant. There’s a necessity to treat the water before even thinking about drinking it to be safe. It was always fun back then when we could drink water anywhere and not have to worry about the consequences of drinking from any pool of water. Now, the modern day would tell us that we have to be careful when it comes to natural water sources.
It varies from person to person on how much they could handle contaminated water, whether one has to drink a gallon of water or even half a liter would do for some people. To avoid any conflicts and to go to a not so fun trip to the hospital, be sure to treat every water that you plan to drink while you are out in the woods. The water you can find in the wild could be treated in more ways than one could imagine. Even if you ask for the opinion of others, you’ll see that there each of them has different techniques and methods of treating water from unknown sources and below are some of the best choices.
It is a process in which water passes through a sieve that purifies the water in such a way that it would catch the small particles floating around the liquid while allowing only the fluid to pass through. There are different sizes when it comes to the pores in the filter in which it would be possible to sift larger particles to smaller particles. It depends on what kind of water you’ll be filtrating and where did this come from.
A standard method for this would be to purchase filter papers at your local department store that could catch and hold the sand and stone particles and even more particles compared to a piece of cloth. Yes, a piece of fabric is a convenient and secure method but take note that it could only filter the larger particles and not the smaller sand particles in which a filter paper could easily do.
These methods are suitable only for filtering visible contaminants to the point that one would be able to see clear water at the end of the process. But the primary concern here are the chemical contaminants, harmful bacteria, and viruses that could endanger our health. If you want a proper filtration system, there are commercial water filters and purifiers available in the market for your good. These water filters are more enhanced and functional when it comes to filtering the water and below are the two main types of water filters that are perfect for your outdoor adventure.
- Pump Filters – this type of filter is the most common type in the market due to its convenience. It is easy to use, and you could use this anywhere, so long as you have a water and this filter. The process of filtering is that you place the water supply at one end of a hose and the other end in your water container. The process is a tedious one, but it is successful nonetheless.
- Gravity Filters – This is perhaps the most dreary process but still useful. You collect water at a container then place it somewhere high to allow your water to flow through an outlet tube that has a filter element. You let the gravity do the work, so this will be a rather lengthy process, but you can still do your other chores while letting it trickle down.
- Chemical Treatment – All it takes for this process is to place the water supply at a container then add a few drops of chemicals to kill all microorganisms in your water supply. It is a relatively easy method, but it tends to be more expensive due to the price of the chemical. The perks of using this one would be that it’s not a hassle to bring and does not require a mechanical device you have to set up.
- UV Light – this is the most recent method of treating water in which a small device blasts off the microorganisms in your water supply and destroying their reproductive abilities. It is a quick, hassle-free, and an inexpensive method but there’s a need to bring around extra batteries for the device.