Back then, you could open the tap and fill a glass with water to drink. This may not be the case today. Since drinking safe water is key to good health, it pays to know ways to ensure the water you drink is potable.
Boiling water is still the most common way to kill germs and bacteria. It’s also the easiest way to be certain you only consume safe drinking water when you’re out in some unfamiliar place.
Remember that water has to reach a rolling boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Note your elevation: The higher you are, the longer you should boil water to get rid of bacteria. A good rule of thumb is to add an extra minute for every 300 meters above sea level.
Boiling, however, doesn’t get rid of solids, metals and minerals.
Although not the best way to treat water – it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth – purification tablets will do the job when you’re out in the wilderness and have to rely on natural water sources. Iodine or chlorine tablets are commonly used. When water is at 68 degrees, these chemicals will kill bacteria.
Be sure to strain the water after treatment to remove particles. Use a cloth for this purpose.
There are several filtration systems that should be useful to cleanse water and make it safe. There are faucet-mounted filtration systems, under sink water filter systems and countertop systems. However, faucet-mounted units can sometimes be too heavy for faucets, causing leaks.
Reverse osmosis (RO) technology is another option. While distillation is being used as a means to filter water, one of its downsides is that it takes away minerals necessary for good health. RO, on the other hand, uses a filter and a remineralising cartridge.
Water is essential to good health. But you may be endangering your health if you’re not sure about the safety of the water you drink. Check these methods to make sure.