As people say it sarcastically, we humans are basically cucumbers with emotion! However, the inspiration behind this funny statement is a biological fact that says, just like cucumbers, the human body is also 98% water.
So, it is quite understandable why we cannot survive without water any more than 72 hours, while we can manage to live a month or so without food.
Once there was a time when people used to drink directly from rivers and ponds. But now, due to constant pollution, large scale farming, and the destroyed aquatic ecosystems, almost no water source is any longer safe to drink without prior water treatment.
Threats that are involved with drinking untreated water, are:
1. Bacteria and viruses – that cause diarrhea, typhoid, cholera, dysentery, or salmonella.
2. Metal components – that are responsible for heavy metal poisoning.
3. Tiny dart particles – that can affect your lungs and throat.
4. Toxic chemicals.
5. Parasites – that invade your intestine and start breeding there.
On one hand, we must drink water to live, but on the other hand, we cannot drink just any water. Unfortunately, for various reasons you, even your whole society can fall short of pure drinking water supply. In such an emergency situation, it is best to use bottled water if available.
But, if bottled water is not accessible either, here are a number of methods that you can follow to make almost any water drinkable.
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Boiling is the preferable option that you can use to purify your water. It not only eliminates harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites with certainty, but it also doesn’t affect the taste much.
1. Filter the water through a clean cheesecloth, coffee filter, or paper towel to isolate any sediment from it.
2. Pour the water in a pan and start heating.
3. When it begins to bubble and steam, leave it to boil for 1 minute. If you are in an area of hills, which is at altitudes above 6,500 feet, boil it for 3 minutes.
4. Remove the water from the heat and let it cool.
6. Drink it or save it in a clean jar.
7. To improve its taste, add a pinch of salt for each liter of boiled water.
Colloidal Silver is an antibacterial agent that can kill the germs very effectively. Using it for water purification is less known, yet an easy ancient technique, which is time-tested too!
1. You can make 10ppm colloidal silver solution with a colloidal silver generator and 2 cups of distilled water following the specific instruction on your colloidal silver generator.
Make sure that you are using distilled water to make the solution.
2. You will need only one ounce of solution to purify one gallon of water.
3. Take a clean cheesecloth, coffee filter, or paper towel and filter the water through it.
4. Add the solution with your water and let it sit for 30 mins before drinking.
It is an effective and convenient way when heating is not possible, although it tastes kinda weird. However, bleach is low-cost, easily storable, and will take only a little amount to bleach a gallon of water.
1. Strain the water through a clean cheesecloth, coffee filter, or paper towel.
2. Check the active ingredients on the label. Try to use the product that contains 5-6% sodium hypochlorite. Do not use one with additive active ingredients.
3. Disinfect your water following the instructions written on the label of the bleach.
4. If there is no necessary instruction, follow the process below:
a. Add 1/8 teaspoon bleach with 1 gallon of water.
b. For bleach with 1% sodium hypochlorite, use ½ teaspoon of bleach, and for one with 8.25%, use a little less than 1/8 of it in one gallon of water.
c. Let it stand for a minimum of 30 minutes before using it.
The disinfectant water should have a slight smell of chlorine. If you don’t get the smell, repeat the process until it smells like chlorine.
Disinfecting your water with iodine can change the taste. But anything is better than having contaminated water!
1. Filter the water through a clean cheesecloth, coffee filter, or paper towel.
2. Mix the tablet with water according to the instructions.
3. If the tablet is not available, use a 2% iodine tincture. For it, add 5 drops of iodine tincture with a quart of water. Add 10 drops if the water is not clear.
Filtration Using Natural Elements
You can easily make an effective water filter using natural elements around you. Such as coal, sand, and earth.
The coal helps with removing many kinds of bacteria and pollutants and using the sand and earth you can strain dirt and other small particles out of your water.
1. Take a plastic water bottle and cut open the back of it.
2. Add a thick layer of cloth at the bottom of the purifier and then add multiple layers of sand or earth, crushed coal and cloth in between the open end and the front of the bottle.
Purification Through Professional Device
Although using natural elements to purify water is the most cost-effective way to do it, often we don’t have all the means handy. Or we just don’t want to get down and dirty every time. Here are some devices you can use instead to purify water.
1. Reverse Osmosis System
It is a wonderful product for purifying your water. There are many types of it available on the market. Go through reverse osmosis system reviews before buying them.
2. UV Treatment
It is safe and effective. On top of that, it doesn’t change the taste of your water and it takes minimal time to purify your water. You can purchase UV water treatment systems through major retailers.
3. Purification Pumps & Straws
It is very safe but equally expensive. Thankfully, it has a straw-like a miniature version available. All you have to do is drink the water with the straw, exactly like how you drink smoothies in a restaurant.
Remember, no boiling or disinfectant can eliminate fuel or chemical toxins from water. In such cases, change the source.
Drink safe water and stay healthy.
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