Safe Sources of Water from Nature
Here at Quality Water Services, we believe that high quality water is imperative for a healthy lifestyle. We also understand that filtered water might not always be readily available, such as when enjoying nature on hikes or while camping. If you haven’t picked up your own Lishtot’s Testdrop, don’t worry. This week we’re giving you the details on how to find safe sources of clean drinking water from nature when you’re unable to find filtered water sources.
Finding Bodies of Water
When in nature, if you’ve already used all of your filtered water, it’s time to find another source of drinkable water. Here are some quick tips to finding bodies of water when in the wilderness:
- Look for swarms of insects: While swarms might be annoying, it’s also a sign that significant water sources will be nearby. Instead of going the opposite direction, try to investigate where the insect swarm originated from.
- Use your ears: Most of the time when we need to find water, slowing down and listening to our surroundings will give us the answers we need. Rivers and other streams can be quite loud, and if you focus on searching for that distinct noise, you’ll be sure to run into a refreshing source of water sooner rather than later.
- Water flows downhill; climbing uphill to find a water source will take you more time and energy than if you were to look for lying areas and valleys. Start by hiking downhill and keeping your eye out for lush greenery which signifies water.
Clear Flowing Water
When in nature, look for clear water with movement (not a stagnant puddle or pond). If the water is completely transparent, and there are no nearby sources of contaminants such as villages, factories, or other man-made buildings, the water is okay to drink. Don’t feel discouraged if there are insects or plants in the water, simply remove any large debris before consuming. However, there are likely to be contaminants in most water sources, so don’t drink too much right away. Drink a bit, then wait for a few hours to see how your body reacts. If you start to feel ill in any way, dump out any of the water you took with you and start looking for a new water source.
Collecting and drinking rainwater is one of the safest ways to get hydrated without risking bacterial infections. Especially when in the wild where the rain won’t pass through pollution or emissions, collecting rain water is the safest option if you have time to spare. If you’ll be spending time in nature, brush up on how to collect rainwater so you won’t find yourself in a thirsty bind.
Eat Your Water
In desperate times, using fruit or vegetables for their moisture can help keep you hydrated while searching for other water sources. By collecting an adequate amount of moisture rich foods, you can use a rock or other dense object to crush the foods and collect their water and pulp. This won’t keep you hydrated for long, but will quench thirst as a temporary solution.
Avoid Non-Water Solutions
If you’re in a dire need of water and haven’t been able to find a source, you may feel tempted to try water substitutes. It might be appealing to drink alcohol (dehydrates and clouds judgement), urine (contains harmful body waste), or seawater (takes more water for your body to purge the harmful contaminants than it actually adds). Avoid these non-water solutions as they’ll end up causing more dehydration and illness in the long run.
If reading about these natural water sources made you thirsty, call us today to install a water filtration system in your own home. We believe everyone deserves quality water, and are excited to show you just how good your water can taste.