Where to Find Drinking Water During an Emergency

October 2, 2014 by | 1 Comment

You can survive up to 30 days without food, but go just 3 days without water and you will die.

Storing water is important and I believe everyone should have a minimum of a two-week water supply on hand at all times, but it’s equally important to know where to find drinking water in case you don’t have access to your water supply. Those jugs of water sitting in your garage won’t help you when you’re stranded in a broken down car on a country road.

Below are 12 places to find drinking water in an emergency. Note—you should still purify these sources with a quality water filter.

  1. Garden ponds.
  2. Water heater tanks.
  3. Green bamboo shoots can be cut at the base and drained.
  4. Build a solar still.
  5. Cut down banana or plantain trees leaving about a 1-foot stump, and scoop out the center of the stump so that the hollow is bowl-shaped. Water from the roots will immediately start to fill the hollow. The first three fillings of water will be bitter but successive fillings will be palatable. The stump will supply water for up to four days, but be sure to cover it to keep out insects and debris.
  6. Pools.
  7. Melted snow can provide an abundant supply of water in a cold environment—but it’s important to not eat it frozen because you’ll have to burn additional calories to retain body temperature.
  8. Digging into dry stream beds or lakes can sometimes uncover water below the surface.
  9. Water beds.
  10. Water sometimes gathers in tree crotches or rock crevices. Siphon it out with a hose, suck it out with a straw, or soak it up with a rag.
  11. Tie rags or tufts of fine grass around your ankles and walk through dew-covered grass before sunrise. As the rags or grass tufts absorb the dew, wring the water into a container. Repeat the process until you have a supply of water or until the dew is gone. Australian natives sometimes mop up as much as a liter an hour this way.
  12. Milk from green coconuts can hydrate you, but avoid mature coconuts because their milk acts as a laxative which will increase dehydration.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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