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Water Purification Do's and Don'ts

Water Purification Do's and Don'ts

Water is an important element of survival. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 8 glasses of water daily is healthy for any individual. Drinking enough water daily is vital to stay healthy and hydrated. It also strengthens our immune system. On the other hand, drinking impure water can be a determinant to your health.

Dos and don’ts of water purification you must know

Drinking contaminated water can cause different health problems, such as cholera, hepatitis B, etc. There are various nasty bacteria you can catch by intaking contaminated water. Around 80% of travel-related health issues are caused by drinking contaminated water.

Use rightly purified water to avoid all the illnesses that contaminated water can cause. Therefore, here we have brought key things you must remember regarding water purification.

So, here we go:

1. Always learn about different ways to purify water

Whenever it’s to water purification, learn different effective ways to purify water. Some of the top methods are below. Learning how to perform these will certainly help you survive different situations.

So, here we go:

  • Boiling is arguably the simplest water purification method to kill harmful organisms and bugs. Boiling water before drinking can also remove all the impurities from it.
  • Water Purifier is arguably the best and most trusted way for ensured water purification. A water purifier generally uses different stages in water purification to eliminate most impurities and chemicals.
  • Water chlorination is an older water purification technique that you should prefer using only in an emergency.
  • Distillation is a water purification method that collects dense water after evaporation to make it chemical-free.
  • Solar purification is the process that involves keeping your water under the sun to kill bacteria and viruses from it.

Always learn what's safe to drink when you're out and about to stay safe on the go.

2. Determine the most appropriate water purification method.

It is always important to learn the adequate method for water purification as per your current needs. For instance, if you have to go on longer treks, it would be better to carry a travel filter. It will help you purify your water multiple times. Moreover, you can also rely on a travel water filter where you can’t practice DIY water filtration techniques.

3. Don’t use PVC containers to purify water.

We all know that solar purification is considered the most natural method to purify water. In this water purification method, you must keep water in direct sunlight for at least 6 hours. Besides ensuring that your water doesn’t contain any sedimentation before solar purification, it is also important to avoid using PVC containers here.

Whenever you are keeping water in the sun for purification, rely on a high-quality material container only.

4. Don’t delay changing your water filter cartridge.

Numerous people with existing water filters usually delay filter changes for one and a half and even two years. Drinking water from a water filter cartridge overdue for change is never safe. That’s the key reason it is always emphasized to stay on top of changing the water filter cartridge.

  • Individuals living on their own usually get a suggestion to be less frequent in water filter cartridge changes. Even though the statement is truer to some extent, you should also remember that bacteria breeding’s possibility can increase substantially in a wet cartridge.
  • Therefore, changing the water filter cartridge at least every six months is always better. Or at least you should not exceed the filter cartridge change interval from one year.
  • If you have a water filter that never slows down, you must question its effectiveness. Consider whether it provides you with much protection.
  • Moreover, if you experience a bad taste and odor from the purified water, you must change all its cartridges instantly.

Keeping up with the water filters differs from maintaining all other home appliances. After all, getting purified water to drink is fundamental to your health and well-being, so be more careful about it.

5. Always understand the limitations of your water purifier

Having a water filter doesn’t mean having contaminant-free water. A single water filter model usually can’t deal with all types of drinking water contamination. Choosing a water filter that can treat your local water contaminations effectively is always important.

Similarly, when you are going outdoors, carry the water purifier suitable to treat the water where you're going. You can ask some questions to yourself while choosing the right water purifier as per your needs. For example:

  • Is the water chlorinated or fluorinated?
  • Does the water contain any potential microbiological threats such as viruses, bacteria, and more?
  • Is water contain any heavy metal or chemical pollutants?

All these questions will help you to choose the right type of water purifier.

6. Don’t use water for drinking from a shower filter.

Never use water from your shower filter for drinking. Water from shower filters is suitable for external use only. These filters are here to use with a fast flow rate and hot water. These filters reduce chlorine exposure but can’t purify water completely to make it drinkable.

Therefore, drinking water from the shower filter is always a no.

7. Always consider safety precautions.

You need to follow some safety precautions when it's to water purification. These safety precautions generally include the following:

  • Always use purified water that meets the quality standard of drinking water.
  • It would help to change your water filter cartridge based on the water-filtered volume, pressure, and other considerations.
  • Don’t run water above 35 through your water purifier’s cartridge.
  • Always avoid running water above 50 through your water purifier unit under any situation.
  • Avoid storing filtered water for longer.
  • Run your water through a water purifier for 10 seconds every morning. If it is not used for multiple days, do the same for 60 seconds.
  • Don’t let your water freeze in the water purifier.

Overall, learning about water purification dos and don’ts is vital. The information can help you ensure that your drinking water is free of contaminants.


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