Our family is continuing the path for multiple drinking water sources and processes for purification. The easiest for our location has to be boiling the water. I have an old 3 gallon stainless steel pot from my beer brewing days, and it can be repurposed into the water boiling container. Firewood is really abundant in Arkansas, so we have a readily available source of fuel in an extended scenario.
"According to the Washington State Department of Health and the United
States Environmental Protection Agency, you should bring the water to
boil and keep it rolling for one minute to purify it. At altitudes above
one mile, 2,000 meters, you should increase the rolling time to three
I've seen the times anywhere from 1 to 10 minutes to properly purify water. I'll go with the longer time.
If the water is cloudy before boiling, filtering with a coffee filter, bandana, cloth fabric, or a homemade sand filter will reduce the amount of particulates in the water.
From my experience, after the water has cooled, and in a container. Shake it really well to aerate the water again. Somehow it taste better this way. Try it yourself!!!
Keep Right on Prepping - K