Basic Wilderness Survival Skills : Wilderness Survival: Safe Drinking Water

Finding safe drinking water, such as running water, is critical to wilderness survival. Learn to dig a hole to get clean, pure water from an experienced outdoorsman in this free video about wilderness survival skills. Expert: kevin Barrett Bio: Kevin Barrett is an experienced outdoors man who has been honing his survival skills for many years. Filmmaker: Nili Nathan

25 Comments on "Basic Wilderness Survival Skills : Wilderness Survival: Safe Drinking Water"

  1. or u could just get a thing to hold up some washed sand and run water through it about 7 times the sand will catch poo bugs and other things

  2. Verradonairun | January 9, 2010 at 8:31 am |

    most survival manuals say that the faster the water moves, the more LIKELY it is that it’s clean. however you don’t know if a dead animal is lying in the water and decomposing further up-stream.

    2) The ground has a filtrating effect to it, but in some places, it can contain alot of arsenic, which is a poisonous chemical.

    the only way to do it properly (removing both viruses and chemicals) in the water is by distilling it.

  3. Water purification tablets are cheap, lightweight and take up virtually no space, even in a daypack. ALWAYS carry purification tablets while hunting, packing, or even day hiking in remote areas. Cheap insurance…

  4. ElevationLowJJ | January 9, 2010 at 10:17 am |

    No. Actually even though if the water are polluted, plus the water had flown for a long distance, the ground around the polluted water will absorb the residue in the water and the water will be safe to consume again.

  5. Dmajorproductions | January 9, 2010 at 11:11 am |

    dont listen to this guy!!!!!! pretty much all water in north america is shitted up, DO NOT DRINK THE WATER!!!!

  6. Dmajorproductions | January 9, 2010 at 11:38 am |

    if you have suffered from parasites, and know what animals have shit in it, you would care. seriously, a combination of animal shit/ acid rain makes water not safe to drink

  7. kylerprochaska | January 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm |

    this guy is retarded

  8. I wouldn’t give a shit if I was thirsty enough out in the wild, and neither would you tbh.

  9. GoosegearMKIII | January 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm |

    I think we are kinda forgetting something. this is a survival skill. the chances of catching something thats gonna kill you is slim to none. ive done it all my life and yet to get sick, if you have the option to boil or purify , then by all means do so, why not. but it isnt always the case. what i found rather useful is this can be used near salt water, didnt know that. to bad tom hanks didnt know this in cast away lol.

  10. One word: Giardia. It’s found in running water or stagnant and can be fatal if ingested. All water in the wilderness must be boiled or filtered, doing both will provide the safest and best tasting. Giardia causes sever diarrhea which leads to dehydration. While some people show no symptoms, those that do must seek help immediately.

  11. Salmonella dies at 165F, so boil to at least 170F.

  12. Unless you dig a deep well I say no surface water should be used with out purification. I would heat all water to at least 160 F / 71 C before ingesting it.

  13. Diatonic135 | January 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm |

    survivaltopics com/survival/how-long-must-wat er-be-boiled-revisited/

    put the w’s and the dots in there and go to that article and read it; then research the data on the US CDC and the WHO websites.

  14. Diatonic135 | January 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm |

    survivaltopics com/survival/how-long-must-water-be-boiled-revisited/

  15. SthealthRaider | January 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm |

    you sure?? its standing water and its green!

  16. Diatonic135 | January 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm |


  17. reforest4fertility | January 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm |

    Altho forests have a cleansing effect on stream water, stream water on forests downstream from mines or even where cattle is raised i would avoid. How many streams does that leave? A few for sure

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  19. nicholasbang | January 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm |

    this the worst survival instructor ever

  20. SthealthRaider | January 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm |

    can i boil water from a lake so its then safe to drink?

  21. Mongodelight | January 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm |

    real survival is survival with no gear. its common sense to start to learn survival with no gear and then add gear that makes it more comfortable. Or what do u do when u lost your gear? Dieing? not an option

  22. nephildevil | January 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm |

    fresh faststreaming mountain water is pretty decent purified drinking water

  23. ShawdowPatriot | January 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm |

    I boil all my water except when I’m camping in the Monongahela National Forest . I drink straight from the streams there .

  24. Your talking about streams located by old mines, and local streams, both of which are obviously not good drinking sources. But he is talking about wilderness streams in a forest. Those are probably a lot cleaner since they aren’t effected by too much at all.

  25. pressingonforhim | January 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm |

    Folks, DO NOT just drink water from a stream, especially in areas like Pennsylvania and West Virginia where old mines may exist. Even boiling won’t remove things like mercury, lead or sulfuric acid from water.
    Do lots of research on your local streams before considering drinking right out of one of them.

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