by Ken Jorgustin, Modern Survival Blog:
If your water source is uncertain, you should treat it first before drinking it.
With regards to simplicity and ease, there are two best-practice methods to purify water for safe drinking…
First, do your best to avoid water which is cloudy. If scooping water from a pond, etc., try not to disturb the bottom so as not to disturb and pick up dirt or other debris. If possible, filter the water before treatment if it appears cloudy. Use any cloth or filtering material to catch the contamination. If the water is very cloudy or has a dirty appearance, you can gather it in a container and let it settle for a time, and then gently pour off or scoop the water near the top which will be clearer.
The best way to purify water for drinking is to boil it for 1 minute. Once the water has reached a rolling boil, one minute will basically assure its safety. There is no need to continue boiling the water beyond that time, which will only waste your fuel.
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