Don’t trust the municipal water supply? Worry not! Here are a few tips to decontaminate and make the water germ-free

Water from various sources contains a large number of germs and disease-carrying pathogens. Municipal water purification may not be very effective in getting rid of these pathogens.


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Disinfection kills or removes pathogens from drinking water thereby reducing health risks. You can disinfect water by adding chemicals, using heat, using ultraviolet (UV) radiation, filtration or by using a combination of these methods.

Do not consume water from unknown sources.

1) Boiling Water

Boiling water at a 100 degree Celsius helps kill disease-causing germs and pathogens.

2) Chlorination

Add a spoonful of household chlorine bleach to 20 litres of water. Let it sit for 15 minutes before consuming it.

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3) Iodine Treatment

Iodine works best when added to warm water. Add 6 drops to a litre of water and let it sit for 30 minutes. If the water is cold, let it sit for 2 hours.

4) Solar Distillation

It a slow yet effective method to disinfect water. Pour water in glass bottles and keep them under direct, uninterrupted sunlight. Keep it for the whole day.

5) Using a Water Purifier

Installing a water purifier is the easiest method to disinfect water. There are several technologies like RO, UV, etc. that are built to terminate germs and make the water drinkable.

In conclusion, water purifiers are increasingly becoming a trusted and convenient choice for making water drinkable. They are designed to eradicate many contaminants, pathogens and unwanted salts which no other processes can ensure.

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