How to Find Spring Water

Camping ShovelSpring water is typically considered to be a good source of water in the outdoors. Whether for survival or for a quick drink while hiking, running, or biking in a wooded or forest setting, springs are a prized source of water. As spring usually bubble up from the ground, the contamination factor is often greatly reduced, as opposed to a creek or stream, which is more exposed to contaminates.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging


Finding Spring Water

Things You’ll Need:
  • trowel or small shovel
Step 1: Look for vegetation that is seemingly flourishing in a swag or other low-lying areas. Trees, smaller shrubs and plants will thrive near springs.
Step 2: Locate the source of the spring. Many times spring water will seep to the surface and then run off forming a small stream of water.
Step 3: Clear away any debris such as leaves, wood, and rocks from the source of the spring water. Use a trowel or shovel to help in removing debris.
Step 4: Use a trowel or shovel to dig into the source of the spring. Dig into the ground at the point where the flow of water seems strongest.
Step 5: Form a bowl shape that will act to pool the water. Unless the spring is forcefully running, forming a bowl will allow the water to pool and the sediments to settle to the bottom leaving clean and clear water.



Tips & Warnings

Unless a dire emergency situation, the water should be boiled before using.
Drinking untreated or boiled water can result in being infected with such nasty and debilitating things as crysto sporidium

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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