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Survivalism: Water Treatment FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Water Treatment

This FAQ about Water Treatment was compiled and written by Patton Turner with numerous contributions by others.

Thanks to the following people for making additions, corrections, or suggestions:
Richard DeCastro, Henry Schaffer, Alan T Hagan, Logan Van Leigh and Carl Stiles

Alan also provided the wording for the disclaimer and copyright notice.

Excluding contributions attributed to specific individuals all material in this work is copyrighted to Patton Turner and all rights are reserved. This work may be copied and distributed freely as long as the entire text, my and the contributor's names and this copyright notice remains intact, unless my prior permission has been obtained. This FAQ may not be distributed for financial gain, included in commercial collections or compilations, or included as a part of the content of any website without prior, express permission from the author.

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-01 Water Storage:
Quantity. A water ration of as little as a pint per day has ...
-02 Water Collection:
Wells: Water can only be moved by suction for an equivalent head ...
-03 Water Purification: Contaminants:
Heavy Metals:...
-04 Water Purification: Physical Treatment: Heat Treatment
Boiling is one guaranteed way to purify water of all pathogens. ...
-05 Water Purification: Physical Treatment: Reverse Osmosis.
Reverse osmosis forces water, under pressure, through a membrane ...
-06 Water Purification: Physical Treatment: Distillation.
Distillation is the evaporation and condensation of water to ...
-07 Water Purification: Physical Treatment: Microfilters
Microfilters are small scale filters designed to remove cysts,...
-08 Water Purification: Physical Treatment: Microfilters: Products
Basic Designs Ceramic Filter Pump ($29/$15, 8 oz.) Cheap ...
-09 Water Purification: Physical Treatment: Slow Sand Filter
Slow sand filters pass water slowly through a bed of sand. ...
-10 Water Purification: Physical Treatment: Activated Charcoal Filter:
Activated charcoal filters water ...
-11 Water Purification: Physical Treatment: Improvised MechanicalFilter:
If the materials aren't available to build a slow sand filter, or ...
-12 Water Purification: Chemical Treatment: Chlorine:
Chlorine is familiar to most Americans as it is used ...
-13 Water Purification: Chemical Treatment: Methods of chlorine treatment: Bleach:
Ordinary household bleach (such as Clorox) in the US contains 5.25%...
-14 Water Purification: Chemical Treatment: Methods of chlorine treatment: AquaCure:
Designed for the South African military, these tablets ...
-15 Water Purification: Chemical Treatment: Methods of chlorinetreatment: Calcium Hypochlorite:
Also known as High Test Hypochlorite. ...
-16 Water Purification: Chemical Treatment: Iodine:
Iodine's use as a water purification method emerged after WW2, ...
-17 Water Purification: Chemical Treatment: Iodine: Sources of Iodine:
Tincture of Iodine:...
-18 Water Purification: Chemical Treatment: Iodine: Iodine Resin Filter:
Some commercial microfilter incorporate a iodine resin stage to ...
-19 Water Purification: Chemical Treatment: Silver:
Silver has been suggested by some for water treatment and may still ...
-20 Water Purification: Chemical Treatment: Potassium Permanganate:
Potassium Permanganate is no longer commonly used in the ...
-21 Water Purification: Chemical Treatment: Hydrogen Peroxide:
Hydrogen Peroxide can be used to purify water if nothing else ...
-22 Water Purification: Chemical Treatment: Coagulation/Flocculation agents:
While flocculation doesn't kill pathogens, it will reduce their ...
-23 Water Purification: Treatments requiring electricity: Ozone:
Ozone is used extensively in Europe to purify water. Ozone, ...
-24 Water Purification: Treatments requiring electricity: Ozone: UV Light
Ultraviolet light has been known to kill pathogens for a long time. ...
-25 Water Purification: Questionable or Dangerous methods of water treatment:
1) Aerobic 07. Also sold as Aerobic Oxygen. The company refuses ...









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