Clean drinking water in the Zombie Apocalypse

Last time we stopped in a house by a river in the woods We have enough food for a week, but what about water? There is enough in the river, but is it safe? It could be contaminated with the zombie virus or other bacteria or any other substance that might kill you. In this post i will teach you how to make clean drinking water.

First things first, ALWAYS assume the water from the river or any other source than the tap or a sealed bottle is UNSAFE. Therefore all water you drink should be purified. The only way to be sure the water is free of any pathogen is by boiling it.

However, by using an improvised charcoal filter you can remove sediments, potential harmful contaminants and improve the taste of the water. You might think: why charcoal? Charcoal is already being used in many household water filters. There are of course many other ways to create a filter, but this is by far the easiest and most effective filter you can make primitively.

The materials you need:

A clean container as big as possible

Water filter charcoal

In this first example we will use a bottle. First you start by grinding the charcoals as small as possible, You can do this using a rock or anything you can find. Then you make a small hole in the lid of bottle, around 3-4 mm in diameter. You will take the peace of cheesecloth and put in over the lid and then attach the lid to the bottle with the cheesecloth in between. Cut off the bottom of the bottle and start filling it up with charcoal until it is around 1/4 full. Then add a layer of sand also around 1/4 and lastly a layer of gravel to stop the sand from eroding. it should look something like the picture on the side.

This isn’t the fastest way, but it is safe. you can easily make multiple small ones of these and you are good to go. You can also make a big one if you a large barrel at your disposal. The only thing you need to add is a hose and make a water tight connection between the barrel and the hose, but the principle is the same.

Barrel charcoal water filterAnother way to make clean drinking water is by making some sort of distillery. The disadvantage is that it needs constant attention to keep the fire going it needs. You need a fireproof container in which you collect your dirty water. This you put on a fire so the water boils. Attached to the container is a water tight hose in which the steam produced by the boiling water will cool down until it condenses to clean water. This will then drip into a clean container of drinking water. This process takes longer than the filter system above, but it is certainly a safe one! The only thing you will be drinking is pure water.

water purifier

I hope this will keep you surviving for a little bit longer! I hope you enjoyed this post and as always: Support me by liking me on Facebook, let me know what you think in the comments & happy surviving!


10 thoughts on “Clean drinking water in the Zombie Apocalypse

  1. I agree with you @allensrepositoryofstuff Clean water is one of the key needs of survival. Without Clean water we can suffer so many water borne diseases which may cause to death. Everyone of us should take responsibility to keep water clean .


  2. Just a prob though, although chances are slim, the are cases of viruses that can resist extreme heat, so it can even survive minutes in the water after being boiled, and that could be a problem. Just a worst case scenario, nothing much.


    1. I like the ideas you have but I have one question about will the virus be dead with only heat? Do we still need to add some of those pills that kill stuff also? Thanks for being here. Enjoy being alive.


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