Drinking dirty water

If the situation arises where un-purified water must be drunk to avoid dehydration basic precautions can be taken to avoid illness.

  1. Remove any suspended particles and organic matter
  2. Let the water stand for at least an hour
  3. Remove the clear water without disturbing the sediment
  4. Pour through a coffee filter
  5. Repeat the process
  6. Drink in small amounts at a time

If in a rural or third world area with shops a markedly more efficient and quicker method of purifying water is to buy readily available aluminium sulphate or alum (sometimes known as pickling powder).

Add ¼ tsp per gallon of water, wait for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. A floc will settle on the bottom and the clear water above should be decanted ready for drinking


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