Saturday, September 20, 2014

Water Plan: Part III

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 minutes."

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


  1. Thank you. Hope you are all doing well. Have a blessed Sunday!

  2. Like you I would go with the longer boil time although I have read you don't actually need to get the water to the boil temp to make it safe. I know I have read claims that you can do it with clear bottles in the sun as well. I agree with you though better safe than sorry :)

    I had to live on boiled water for a bit in the army and it is rather unsatisfying and bland after boiling.

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