Directly associated with food survival is water water survival; and the two are essential to life, but there are skills to learn to survive a water crisis.
Many people have died because they didn’t know how nor where to look for water in apparently dry and arid regions.
One has to know how to find water in a crisis, and fast, if you are to survive.
People can go up to 60 days without solid food.
You will be tormented by hunger, but you can’t survive without water.
Many different forms of life are certain indicators of water in your vicinity.
Bees must have water.
Pigeons and all grain eaters must have water, but the flesh eaters such as the crow, hawk and eagle can go without water for a long time.
By knowing something of the nature of insects, birds, animals and reptiles, you can often find their hidden stores of precious water.
Since most common diseases in a survival situation are waterborne, polluted drinking water must be rigorously avoided.
Never ever take the slightest unnecessary risk with questionable water.
Anyone can generally get along a while longer without a drink.
One drop of contaminated water can so sicken that if nothing worse occurs, people will become too weak to travel.
According to the End Times Prophecy Report, the next shortage for the United States won’t be oil, gold or food, but water.
Those living in parts of many western states already know this as old news, but it’s something new to many parts of the country.
Three states: California, Texas and Florida account for over a quarter of all the water used in the U.S.
And, the government projects that as many as 36 states could face water shortages in the next 5 years.
How can you tell if water is pure?
Short of a laboratory test, we can’t.
Even where a small stream bubbles through sheer mountains, an animal’s putrefying carcass may be lying a few yards upstream.
The folklore that any water a dog will drink is pure enough for his master is false.
We have often seen dogs drink from toilets.
The same notion for a horse is also false.
Smell or lack of it is no guarantee.
Sulfurous water stinks horribly, yet it’s safe to drink boiled or when not polluted.
The fact that natives may assert a water source is pure, could indicate they have built up a degree of immunity.
To their systems, the water is not tainted (polluted).
Even the loneliest wild stream can be infected with Tularemia (commonly called rabbit fever) by wild animals such as muskrats and beavers.
Tularemia can also be carried by meadow mice, ground hogs (woodchucks), ground squirrels, tree squirrels, beavers, coyotes, opossums, sheep, and various game birds.
“Yet, taking chances with drinking water in a well-settled community is, in one sense, a lot less dangerous than trying out water in a wilderness away from medical help.”
Water can be rid of germs by boiling.
The exact time required to accomplish this depends on altitude, the nature of impurity and several other factors.
A safe general rule is at least 10 minutes, longer is by no means a waste except for fuel, and it causes the water itself to evaporate.
If there is reasonable doubt water is contaminated, don’t take chances even if in hurry.
A great deal more inconvenience, discomfort and delay can result from using untreated water.
Getting sick takes days, even weeks, before feeling better.
Sometimes it results in death.
This applies to water actually consumed and with equal gravity, to any water entering the human body.
For example, water in which a toothbrush is dipped, food and utensils are washed, and water used in cooking (except when kept at high enough temperatures for a sufficient time to insure purity), could all be sources for disease.
NOTE: Boiled water tastes flat. Air and taste can be restored by pouring the cooled water back and forth between two buckets or by shaking it in a partially filled jar or canteen. If in a hurry, add a pinch of salt if available.
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