How to find water

by Chris
(Alabama)

A good way to indicate a water source is to get on an elevated surface and and look for indentions in the earth or trees. The indention shows that there is a low area or gap from surface to surface which, in turn, shows path of a water-way or past water-way.

However, be careful this could only show a ditch that only drains water when it rains.

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noticing water

Mosquito

Mosquito

Bugs like flies and mosquitoes will hang around water. If you happen to hear a lot of buzzing, then you should be close to a water source.

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Dig for water

by Ned
(Nebraska)

Dig for water

Dig for water

One method of collecting water is to dig for water. Look for dry creek beds, sandy bottom lands or ravines. They may have water below the surface. Simply dig a hole until water begins to seep into it. Gather your liquid with a container or a piece of cloth.

The water is usually pure but filter and purify it.

To make a simple water filter you can take three sticks. Tie them in tee-pee formation and tie three pieces of cloth one above the other. Put a container to catch the water at the bottom. Pour the water through and it will help filter out sediment.

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Keep thirst at bay

by Ray Powell
(China)

I'm now retired and living in China. I'm native american and I was a big game hunter and guide in north west Montana. My grandfather showed me a way to keep the feeling of thirst at bay.

Find a small clean pebble ( the size of an m&m ) and place it in your mouth and roll it around. Sounds silly, but try it, you will be amazed at just how well it works.

This is by no means a substitute for getting water, but keeping the mouth moist will keep you from being less desperate.

I hope this little tip helps.


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