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Disinfect Drinking Water: Simple Methods

In an emergency, we need to take immediate action. We all drink water daily and that we can’t live without it. Therefore, having a daily supply of fresh drinkable water is paramount. If you drink infected water, you’ll expose your body to plenty of pathogens. In this article, we are about to find out how you’ll disinfect water in an emergency.

You need water for washing dishes and cooking meals in your kitchen. Therefore, you must follow the methods given below to make sure you’ve got clean water to use.

Look for a Source of water

First of all, you must search for a good source of water. As an example, you can head to wetlands, reservoirs, lakes, and tributaries, just to name a few. If you can afford to, you’ll have a personal well dug on your property. This well will provide you with lots of freshwater daily.

Given below are a couple of rules which will assist you to determine the safe sources of water to fulfill your daily needs:

Flowing water is far better than stagnant water

It’s better to avoid dark color water

It’s better to avoid water that emits a strange odor

It’s better to avoid water that has something floating on its surface

Boil Water to Disinfect it
According to the WHO, if you want to kill protozoa, viruses, bacteria and pathogens, all you need to do is boil the water you want to use.

Given below are the steps you can follow:

1. If the water you’ve got is cloudy, you must let it sit for a short time then filter it via a filter, paper towel and a clean piece of fabric.

2. Boil the water for a couple of minutes with a lid on the container. The aim of keeping the container covered is to stop water loss. If your residence is at an altitude of 5,000 feet, you have to boil the water for a minimum of 3 minutes.

3. Lastly, store the water in a container and keep it covered.

The Bleach Method

If you do not want to use the previous method, you can use a chlorine bleach product for the sanitization and disinfection. check that that the ingredients contain a minimum of 6% of bleaching agent. It isn’t a good idea to try color-safe or scented bleach that contains cleaners.

Given below are the items you need and also the steps you need to follow:

A dropper

Chlorine bleach that contains 6% of bleaching agent

Steps to Follow:

1. If the water looks cloudy, you must let it sit for a short time then filter employing a piece of fabric or towel.

2. Next, add a couple of drops of bleach to the water. As a general rule, you’ll add 6 drops of bleach to a gallon of water. However, you need to add more of it if the water is extremely cold, colored and cloudy.

3. After adding the bleach, you must stir the container and let it sit for a minimum of half an hour.

4. If the taste of chlorine is just too strong, you can pour the water to a different container and let it sit for a few hours.

So, these are two simple methods of disinfecting water during a jiffy or hours. I hope this helps.

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