Water for Survival

Water is Critical

Your first priority is ALWAYS protection from the elements. Once you have  adequate protection, you should IMMEDIATELY begin forming a plan to locate sources of fresh, clean water. If this cannot be done, obtain a source that can be purified to safe drinking standard.

Although, it is probably the most abundant resource on earth, only about 1.2% of the world’s fresh water is readily accessible. This makes it difficult to obtain in a survival scenario unless you know how to get to it and make it safe for drinking.

Remember the Rule of 3’s

Without water, the human body can only survive for approximately three days.  Water is necessary to maintain proper organ function, healthy blood pressure, and guards against heat and cold injuries such as heat exhaustion and hypothermia. In hot climates, the body dehydrates more quickly through physical exertion causing increased perspiration. Alternatively, in cool climates, hypothermia can occur as a result of evaporation of water or sweat from the skin.


Collection and Purification

There are many methods for collecting water even in the driest climates. However, once obtained, it is vitally important to have a method of purification (usually by boiling or filtering). While there are some sources that don’t require purification prior to drinking, it is always prudent to do so unless the situation is so critical that you may be forced to consider forgoing purification.

Indicators of Dehydration

  • Dark yellow or brown urine
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation
  • Lethargy

In the end, without a reliable water source, long-term survival is all but impossible.  Having basic knowledge of collection and purification methods is of prime importance. If you begin to recognize the signs and symptoms indicating the  onset of dehydration, you are behind the curve and must locate a hydration source immediately.