How to Combat Water Poisons at Home

The shocking revelation about the Flint water crisis got many people thinking piped water wasn’t as safe as it is claimed.

Water Poisons at Home

The public was scared, and rightly so. The water in Flint was polluted with chemicals from the nearby pesticide and fertilizer companies. There were also varying amounts of oils and other toxic substances. Anybody who didn’t take an additional step to purify their water at home was exposed to dangerous chemicals and lead poisoning.

Come to think of it, many fertilizer and pesticide companies around the country share the same rivers that we generate our drinking water from. It goes without saying that there is need to implement another level of purification right at home. There are actually many ways of keeping drinking water clean and most of them are practical to do at home. Depending on your needs and the structure of your plumbing systems, you can use these methods to purify water used in the entire house.

Water Purification Methods

Boiling water is one of those methods that are practical and effective to implement at home. It kills about 99.9% of all living things as well as vaporizes most chemicals in water. After boiling water, make a habit of cleaning the containers used since the process normally leaves behind chemical deposits. The only drawback for this method is that it is very expensive when used to purify water for the entire home.
Don’t think of using chemicals such as chlorine in water purification at homes, even if in small amounts, as it is extremely toxic. In large water purification plants, chlorine is used to kill viruses, pathogens, and other living things that might exist on the walls of the tanks as well as prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.

Water Poisons at Home
However, chlorine deposits left in the water have negative effects on the body, although minimal. It doesn’t add up to use more chlorine in your drinking water, instead, you should be finding ways to reduce its concentration. One of the ways of doing this is to get yourself a water filter. Iodine is safer and practical to use, especially when camping. Bromine is not highly effective for drinking water but can be helpful in cleaning pool water.

Filtration is another method that you can use to get rid of harmful substances from your drinking water. Filtration by itself is an umbrella covering several methods with the most prominent one being reverse osmosis. In this method, a membrane with microscopic holes is used to remove mineral and chemical deposits from water. Water filters that use reverse osmosis technology to purify drinking water for the whole house are readily available and are affordable. However, after a couple of days of filtration, the filters need to be cleaned thoroughly to remove the minerals and salt that may be stuck ion the filters.

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