Water Procurement

Water is one of your most urgent needs in a survival situation. You can't live long without it, especially in hot areas where you lose water rapidly through perspiration. Even in cold areas, you need a minimum of 2 liters of water each day to maintain efficiency.

More than three fourths of your body is composed of fluids. Your body loses fluid as a result of heat, cold, stress, and exertion. To function effectively, you must replace the fluid you body loses. So, one of your first goals is to obtain an adequate supply of water.

Almost any environment has water present to some degree. If you do not have a reliable source to replenish your water supply, stay alert for ways in which your environment can help you.

Rainwater collected in clean containers or in plants is usually safe for drinking. However, purify water from lakes, ponds, swamps, springs, or streams, especially the water near human settlements or in the tropics. When possible, purify all water you got from vegetation or from the ground by using iodine or chlorine, or by boiling. Remember, you will lose some water threw steam when purifying water by boiling. If the water you find is also muddy, stagnant, and foul smelling, you should clear the water before purifying.