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If you’ve ever seen the Discovery TV show Survivorman, you’ll surely be familiar with host and survival expert Les Stroud. While most of Les’s survival journeys were in the wilderness, he also briefly addressed urban survival. In the bonus content on the Survivorman season 3 DVD, there’s a 40-minute special video titled “Surviving Urban Disasters” which addresses how to deal with an urban flood scenario.
During this urban survival special, Les discusses one of the most imminent threats to survival: finding clean drinking water. As he aptly points out, water will be everywhere during an urban flood, but drinking it could lead to serious illness. Flood water will be full of raw sewage, chemical runoff, and all sorts of other harmful contaminants. So, you’ll need to find a clean source quickly.
In this video, Les provides three quick tips for how to find or obtain clean water, even when all the water around you seems undrinkable. Watch the YouTube mirror below, or click here to view the original version on the Science Channel web site.
To summarize, here are Les Stroud’s three methods for finding clean water, and why they’re effective:
For more Les Stroud survival video clips, check out ScienceChannel.com/tv-shows/Survivorman.