Best Methods To Make Water Potable and Safe to Drink

Potable water is the name given to water that is deemed safe to drink. If you have potable water you have safe drinking water! In most cases, the water from your faucet will have been treated at the local water treatment plant and be potable.

However, there are times when this is not the case and you need to make your water safe to drink.

Issues With The Water Supply

The water that comes out of your tap should be safe to drink. However, it has traveled through miles of pipes and could be contaminated during its journey. The pipes are laid under the ground and it’s impossible to check them all the time.

This means that small tears can go unnoticed but they will allow bacteria and other contaminants into the water supply. In most cases, the issue won’t be identified until people start to get sick. That’s too late.

You could test the water supply every time you use it but a better option is to use reverse osmosis filtered water. You can have a whole house filter fitted which needs minimal maintenance and will effectively removing minerals and heavy metals, alongside many other contaminants.

To ensure your water is safe combine this filter with an aerated carbon one and there is very little that can get past your filtration system. You’ll have as close to pure water as possible coming out of your faucet.

Using Alternative Water Sources

Of course, there are times when you can’t access water from your tap. This can be due to a supply issue, natural disaster, or another problem. You’ll be left trying to source water and make it potable.

Of course, if you have access to bottled water this is a good option as this should already be potable. But, if this isn’t the case you’ll have to clean the water yourself using one of the following methods:

  • Boiling

Boiling water is straightforward although time-consuming. You’ll need to bring the water to the boil and keep it simmering for at least one minute. This will kill any bacteria in the water and make it safe for you to drink.

Remember to let the water cool before you start drinking!

  • Distillation

If you’re concerned that there are minerals, metals, and other contaminants in your water, as well as bacteria, then you’ll want to distill the water.

This involves boiling the water so that it turns from liquid to steam. It boils at a lower temperature than the minerals in it. The steam hits a cool surface, such as a piece of flexible plastic. This cools it and allows it to become water again. You collect this water and it’s free of all contaminants. It’s not just potable, it’s pure.

  • Solar Energy

Ultraviolet rays are effective at killing bacteria and microorganisms in your water. You’ll need to put the water in a container and leave it in direct sunlight all day. Alternatively, you can buy and carry a UV filter with you, it slides into the bottle and does the same job in just one hour.

  • Bleach

Bleach is a dangerous substance as it can kill you. But you can add a teaspoon of chlorine bleach to a gallon of water and kill the bacteria in the water. It’s effective in an emergency.


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