Few things are more important to your health and survival
during a long emergency than having water that is safe to drink. Knowing how to
purify water can help you if your regular water supply becomes contaminated or
if you are in a place where clean water is not available. Even if you have
stored clean water to use in an emergency, you may run out before the emergency
situation has ended.
Water purification can greatly reduce your
chance of getting sick from bacteria, viruses, and other living organisms in
the water. You can disinfect water using one of the following methods:
None of the purification methods described above eliminates
heavy metals, salts, chemicals, or radioactive dust or dirt (fallout) from
water. Many of these substances can be removed by distilling water, a more
complicated method of purifying water.
Radioactive fallout can
also be minimized using a homemade filter:
April 22, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology
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