Clean water is the greatest necessity to human life. A human can survive only a short period of time without water. Dirty water can cause serious illness or death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hepatitis, giardia, which is a gastric illness-producing microorganism, and copper are present in certain water samples. Private wells are also a significant source of water contamination. When traveling, water quality may vary. Treat any suspect water as contaminated.
Things You'll Need
Inspect the water source. Follow any posted warnings.
Fill the canteen with water. Transfer water into the kettle.
Gather wood. Place the wood in pile and ignite it with the lighter.
Hold the kettle above the campfire. Wait for the water to begin boiling, then allow it to boil for one minute.
Extinguish the campfire. Wait for the water to cool.