How to Find and Collect Water in survival

How to Find and Collect Water in survival

How to Find and Collect Water in survival


Water is found in almost every ecosystem. Your survival may rely on your ability to locate and acquire it. The better you are at spotting signs of nearby water, the better.
Methods of discovering and collecting water are divided into main sources and last ditch attempts. 


The human body requires far more water than can be obtained by sucking dew off plants or urinating in a hole and distilling the condensed water. To survive in the woods, you will need to discover a major water source quickly.




Aquifer Detection

Flowing water is the finest main source. Rivers, streams, and creeks. If they aren’t accessible, you’ll have to move on to more sluggish waters. Following lakes and ponds come swamps, marshes, fens, bogs, and so on.

Snow, slush, and ice are main water sources.

The easiest way to find a primary source is to look at the geography. You must recognize and respond to the many water indications surrounding you.
Examine your new water source.


 Scan the coastline or upstream for dead animals. The purer the water, the higher the source (like a mountain stream). Even the most beautiful mountain streams may contain an unseen pollutant upstream.
Walking downhill is a good method for finding water since gravity is a sucker for it.



Water is plentiful in valley bottoms.

Observe Changes in Vegetation: Changes in vegetation may indicate water availability. If you observe a patch of vegetation that is darker or denser than the surrounding region, there is a significant probability you will discover water there.
One more little survival tip I’ve employed (although it requires a trained eye) is to check for slight variations in the sky’s hue.


The sky immediately above a water source is usually bluer than the rest, reflecting the water source. Early in the morning, low-lying clouds and fog prefer to concentrate immediately over water owing to moisture and temperature variations.
The paths of animals may bring you to a source of life­giving water. 



If you notice several game trails, they may create a pattern resembling a vein (or a river system on a map). The point of the V where the parts intersect will show the direction of water. Follow animal paths at your own risk.




Birds flock around water, and early morning or late afternoon flight patterns may suggest a source. Graineating birds are always near water and fly straight and low.

They frequently go to the sea. Observing these small cues does not ensure finding a source.
Remember that most wild animals urinate and defecate in the same location. So, after you’ve found a major supply of water, proceed upstream at least a few hundred yards. 



Giardia cysts tend to be closer to the surface of a lake, therefore weighing down a vessel and sending it deeper increases the possibility of recovering clean water. A rope connected to a weighted jar or can works wonderfully. Once the vessel is full with lower­level water, swiftly draw it up to avoid letting surface water in.







Track Bugs:

Water in a tree hole may be detected by insects (particularly bees and ants). Alternatively, a rag may be put into the opening to absorb the water. Swarming insects indicate the availability of water. Nowhere is a bee more than a few kilometers from a water source.




Ice, Snow, and Slush: 

If you are attempting to survive in an area with ice, snow, or slush, you have access to water, especially if you can build fire. However, like many elements of survival strategy, views on eating ice, snow, and slush vary.


Many instructors advise against eating snow since it lowers your body’s temperature, requiring energy to warm up. True, but considering the need of water for living, I think the contrary. Eating snow and ice cools your body and may irritate your mouth. But in the morning, when you’re busy ensuring your own survival, eating snow may help you stay warm. And you need that liquid.




But later in the day, when you’re fatigued and the air is cooling, you should avoid eating ice and snow. When your defenses are weak, eating snow may be harmful. Applies




not only in the winter, but also in the spring—whenever you eat snow.
Perfectly melted ice and snow may be heated before drinking. No fire available?



 Fill a water bottle (or other similar vessel, or even a Ziploc bag) with snow and tuck it under your clothes during the day or your sleeping bag (without touching your body) at night. The initial part takes a long to melt, but once it does, the remainder melts rapidly. If I can do this overnight without freezing, it’s lovely to wake up to thawed water ready to sip.



Snow (or rain) water is deficient in salt and minerals, which humans require to exist. But it’s a long­term issue that shouldn’t influence your choice to consume snow in a survival situation. Fill up the gaps with edible plants and grasses.



In the absence of a major supply of water, you must resort to secondary sources, which may not sustain you but will keep you alive for a time.
You can collect rainwater anyplace on the planet. We’ve all heard about acid rain’s ill effects, but it’s not a survival issue. 



To collect enough water, you need a large catchment area and a container to hold it. If you don’t have a container, dig a hole. For a long time, you’ll need to cover it with clay, plastic, or another impermeable substance.



Collect Dew: 


Heavy dew is known to supply water for wilderness survival.
The aboriginal Australians would bind rags or sprigs of fine grass around their ankles when walking over dew-covered grass. Wring the water out of the rags or grass tufts. Don’t

wring them out.


  •  Two highly good water gathering methods: Moss cups may hold a lot of rain. What to do? Cut a big piece of green moss and set it on the ground, moss­side up, or on a flat rock. Create a square moss “cup” by banking up the edges of the moss sheet with pebbles and mud. 
  • Using one huge piece retains the most water. You may also gather punky wood and sleep on it. In the morning, you’ll discover dew on these dried logs. Underestimate the procedure’s efficacy! 
  • Surprisingly, you can receive a lot If there is no tall grass, the sole source of dew is on leaves, which may be licked. However, certain leaves contain oils or chemicals that might irritate your system or produce diarrhea, making you feel worse than when you began.

Making a Vegetation Still is easy and requires just a few basic components, albeit gathering water takes time. A quart (1 L) of water might take up to 24 hours to acquire under optimum circumstances.
You’ll also need a transparent plastic bag and a tiny rock, as well as some green, leafy plants.


Place the still on a sunny slope and follow these steps:
Fill the bag with air by blowing into the open end or “scooping” it.
Remove any sticks or spines that might puncture the bag. Fill the sack about 3/4 full with greenery (or tie it to a tree). Harmful plants will create poisonous fluids if used.

Choose a sunny spot with a little slope on which to set up the still and follow the instructions below: 



  1. In order to fill the bag with air, turn the open end into the wind or “scoop” air into it with your hand.
  2. Remove any sticks or spines from the picked plants that might pierce the bag before packing it. Fill the bag halfway to three-quarters full with greenery (or tie the bag to the end of a branch) and place it in a safe place. Harmful plants should not be used since they will generate poisonous fluids.
  3. Place a tiny rock in the bag to serve as a weight for it.
  4. Make a tiny hole in the bag’s mouth and insert one end of the tubing, small straw, or hollow reed before sealing it (remember to tie off or block the tubing to ensure that air does not escape). You will be able to sip the condensed water without having to untie the bag in this manner. In order to ensure that there is the maximum amount of air space in the bag, tie the bag tightly sealed as near as possible to the end. IMPORTANT:
  5. Place the bag on a sloping surface that receives direct sunlight. When placing the bag, make sure the mouth of the bag is higher than the base of the bag (which holds the rock) to prevent the bag from sliding or blowing away and to prevent water from trickling to the lowest part of the bag.
  6. You can drink the condensed water from the still if you don’t have a tube to pull it out, in which case you may undo the knot over the bag’s mouth and let it drain. Reposition the still so that further condensation may occur. Retie the mouth firmly and set the still aside.
  7. After you’ve extracted the majority of the water from the bag, swap out the plants in it to guarantee a consistent flow of water.