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Do you purify water at home? It can be hard to know what’s in the water you drink. You think because it comes out of your tap and is clean, it must be safe. Generally, this is true in the US, but occasionally some towns and cities advise boil advisories because of water line breaks, discoveries of pathogens, and more. Or remember the Flint, Michigan lead-tainted water(sorry this article doesn’t cover how to remove these types of impurities because welllll yikes – lead water!). This article will share with you four different ways for basic purification of your drinking water at home for a fraction of the cost of buying bottled or purified bottled water from stores. Plus, the plastic bottles are getting ridiculous right?!
Boiling is the most obvious way to purify water at home. Plus, you get to live healthily, hopefully avoiding gut infections and other water-related conditions. Ideally, you kill off bacteria and viruses when you boil water because they can’t live in a high-temperature environment. Additionally, a lid on your pot will help keep flies from getting into your boiled water. What’s the downside? The only downside is that your water could taste a little off. That said, if you’re in an emergency where all that matters is to get clean water fast, this method is convenient.
In Emergencies when boiling water isn’t an option, the US Environmental Protection Agency advises using 8 drops depending on your water quantity of plain household bleach. Do not use scented, color safe, or bleaches with added cleaners. Keep in mind even after using some of the rudimentary filtration techniques below, you will probably still need to add a couple drops of bleach to the water to rid it from pathogens – bacteria, bugs, and impurities.
The first and best option for purifying water is to use a commercial filter. Many people don’t know this, but many commercially available paper filters or carbon-based activated charcoal filters are capable of producing large amounts of filtered water at home. So, if you’re looking for a cheap way to remove harmful contaminants from your drinking water at home, an excellent choice would be an inline sediment filter such as Brita’s Alkaline Water Pitcher. These types of filters can last up to six months before they need replacing. Inline filtration units also tend to have some of the lowest purchase prices on the market, in addition to being easy and quick to install.
Slow Sand Filtration
Slow sand filtration is one of the most popular and low-cost water purification methods. This method uses layers of sand, gravel, and stone to filter out impurities from drinking water. The good thing about this process is that it takes a long time which means you’ll have clean water for days before replacing the filtering system. A disadvantage with this type of slow sand filtration technique is that if there are aquatic bugs in your filtered water, they could survive by laying eggs down at the bottom layer. So even though using untreated water can lead to parasites or bacteria infections, using slow sand filtration can also lead to parasites and their larvae. Eew. A long-term solution for this problem is to add a layer of activated charcoal on the bottom, which will absorb any bugs that might be in your water after filtering plus adding bleach according to the EPA recommendations.
If you are in a pinch… Traditional Methods
This is the most rudimentary method of purifying water. <<<This link shows ways to use traditional methods to purify water such as using clay pots, filtration clothes, and winnowing sieves. While these can sift out some particles and debris in water, be sure to treat the water with bleach to eliminate pathogens, bacteria, and other contaminates according to the EPA recommendations.
Purifying water doesn’t have to be difficult. Try one of the four methods described above to purify water at home, and your water could be clean again in no time. In addition, you’ll save money and help conserve the dwindling natural resources by using this method rather than buying bottled water. Remember, if it doesn’t look clean, don’t drink it!
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