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Most of us turn on the tap and expect clean water to come out. It’s simply something that happens every day. However, there are times when a problem with the water supply can result in no water, or dirty water coming out of your tap.
 
It’s important to know how to handle this situation and make water safe in an emergency. There are several ways in which you can make the water safe enough to drink.
 
Of course, the best solution is to use the reverse osmosis filter that you’ve had the foresight to fit into your water supply. This 5-stage filtration method will remove chemicals and bacteria from your water cleaning it, making it safe to drink, and ensuring it tastes good.
 
But, while this is effective if the water is coming through the pipes, you may not feel it is an option to alter your plumbing system in an emergency. It’s therefore useful to be aware of other methods of making your water safe in an emergency.
 
Boiling
Boiling is one of the most effective ways of killing bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other things that can make you ill. There are two approaches to boiling, depending on your water:
  1. Clear Water
    Clear water can be brought to the boil and held there for at least 1 minute. You’ll then need to let it cool before drinking it or putting it into clean containers for storage.
  1. Cloudy Water
    If your water appears cloudy it’s a good idea to run it through a filter first. A clean cloth, coffee filter, or even a paper towel will do. Collect the water in a container, it should appear clear. You can then follow the clear water process of boiling for a minute and storing it.
 
It’s worth noting that at elevations over 6,500 feet you’ll need to boil for 3 minutes.
 
Purification Tablets
Simply add the tablets to the specified quantity of water and leave them for the designated amount of time. The exact details will be on the packet, follow the instructions and you’ll have safe drinking water in next to no time.
 
Bleach
Drinking bleach is not good for you. It can damage your internal pathways and give you an array of long term issues. However, in an emergency, it can be used to make your water safe to drink.
 
Put just 10 drops of bleach in 1 liter of water or 40 drops in 1 gallon of water. You’ll need to leave the water to stand for 10 minutes before you can drink it.
 
Again, if the water is cloudy run it through a makeshift filter first.
 
UV Rays
If you have the time then you’ll find that ultraviolet light from the sun can be very useful. You’ll need to fill a plastic bottle with water and place it in direct sunlight. Leave it there for an entire day before you drink it. The UV light is surprisingly effective at killing bacteria and other germs.
 
It should be noted that these methods will not remove chemical contaminants, you’ll need a filter for this.
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