For some people, having purified water at home means more than turning on the tap and taking the product as completely safe. There are now many forms of research that have been done, for instance, to prove that fluoride and chlorine is actually more harmful than good. That’s not to say that tap water is unsafe, just that some feel the need for more or better filtration for the purest water possible.
One of the first methods used by a great many people for purer water is filtration. Many well-known companies currently offer filters in different sizes and that do an array of different jobs. Some filter for chlorine and other chemicals while some filter for sediment and water softening. There are even salt-free filtration systems, which is important for anyone who needs a low-sodium diet.
There are also whole-house filters that take care of water for the whole of your home, in which cases there are also bypass valves that can be used within the lines for nonfiltered water. Some filters to go on sinks and showers, just for the filtration of water that is used for drinking, cooking or showering.
It is important to remember that all filters will need regular maintenance and replacement. Whether you get a professional to do it, or you choose to do it yourself, make sure you keep up with the regular schedule to avoid bacteria growth and other problems that can arise from dirty filtration.
Sometimes even water companies will send out a community wide message that their service area is under a “boil-water” advisory. This usually means that there is some kind of breach in their process and they want to make sure the water is safe.
Boiling water is a quick and easy purification method that can easily be done at home. Make sure to boil the water, at a rolling boil, for at least one minute. Boiling for longer than five minutes, however, can cause evaporation so if water is also scarce, keep an eye out for that.
The process can be hastened somewhat by adding salt to the water, in small amounts. This will lower the boiling point of the water and make it boil faster.
Building Your Own Filter
There might be times you need filtration, but have no means to obtain a manufactured one. In this case, you will want to get a barrel or drum that will hold at least ten gallons. Drill holes in the sides of the bottom and cover this with cloth that stretches across the entire area. Put about 2-3 inches of gravel on top of the cloth and fill to nearly full with alternating 3 layers each of charcoal and clean, white sand. On top of this, add another thin later of gravel and top with a perforated top a few inches below the containers top rim. Pour water through this filter, as many times as is necessary to obtain clear water, at which time it is filtered and safe for drinking.