It’s extremely important to ensure that your water is purified or treated before consumption.  Contaminated water can lead to a number of adverse side effects including gastrointestinal illness, reproductive issues, neurological disorders, and a number of diseases.  Drinking non-purified water can result in a lot more than just a stomach ache.

There may be some instances you encounter where safe bottled water is not readily available and the water around you may be contaminated.  We’re going to talk about effective purification methods that will remove harmful contaminants before you drink. Don’t forget you can also use a professional like Nation Water Service to get clean, healthy, water.

Boiling

Boiling water is probably the easiest and most convenient method of purification.  Be sure to allow the water to boil thoroughly to ensure safety.  Clean water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least 3 minutes.  It is recommended that those living in high altitudes should leave the water to boil longer because water boils at lower temperatures in higher altitudes.  Cover the water and leave it to cool down before consumption.  If you source your water from the ground or from a well, there may be sediment floating around.  Leave this to settle completely before filtering and drinking.

FIltration

This method of water purification can be effective in the removal of compounds when using the right multimedia filters.  With filtration, chemical and physical processes work together to eliminate both large and small compounds, as well as dangerous contaminants that may cause diseases, making water safe for drinking.  Filtration does not remove all mineral salts, so filtered water is actually healthier than water purified using any other method.  Filtration is a cost-effective method to choose, as it does not require much energy and little water is lost through the purification process.

Distillation

This method uses heat to collect pure water in the form of vapor. Water is subjected to a heat source until it reaches its boiling point.  It stays boiling until the water vaporizes, at which point it is moved into a condenser to cool.  When cooled down, the vapor is reversed into safe drinking water.  This method of water purification works because water has a lower boiling point than contaminants.  Once the water has gone through the distilling process, contaminants with higher boiling points are left behind as sediment.  Unfortunately, distilling water is a slow-going process that is costly due to the amount of energy required.

Iodine

Using iodine to purify water is one of the oldest methods used.  Iodine can come in purification tablets or disinfectant form.  Water is treated with iodine should always be clear prior to treatment.  The downside of this method is the resulting taste, odor, and color that iodine gives water.  If you use iodine tablets rather than in liquid form, you will usually be given a neutralizer for the taste to make the water easier to consume.  One downside here is the possibility of mistaking the poor taste for iodine when the water may actually not be properly purified.  It’s essential that you leave the iodine treated water to sit and purify the right amount of time.  If you feel that the water you’re about to drink was heavily contaminated, adding some more time to the iodine mix will only be beneficial.  Please also note, it is possible to be allergic to iodine.  Make sure no one that will be consuming this water is allergic prior to consumption.

Whether your water looks clear and healthy or not, it’s important to ensure that you are always drinking properly purified or treated water at all times.  Sure, the smallest effect could be an upset stomach, but there are a number of harmful bacteria that can be contracted from drinking contaminated water.  Don’t take the risk and always filter/purify water before consumption if bottled water is not available.  Your body will thank you, later!