5 Ways to Prevent Waterborne Illnesses

Everything needs water to survive. Humans can go on for many days without food, even weeks, but depending on the conditions, people can die within a few hours to a few days without water. In general, it could take about three days, but if left in a boiling car and suffering dehydration, a person can die within a few hours.

If you are faced with a major disaster, such as broken pipes, sewage overflow or water treatment facilities being shut down and need safe drinking water, there are things you can do, so as to prevent dehydration or waterborne illnesses. Let’s take a closer look at the different water treatment systems and prevent some illnesses.

1. Boiling

When you boil water properly, it is generally safe to drink and should not really affect the way it tastes either. It is also one of the simplest methods. Boil water in pan and bring it to a rapid boil. When it is at full boiling point, let it carry on boiling for a minute or two before removing it to cool down. Once it cools, it should be safe to drink.

2. Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver has many benefits, but it can be used to treat water to make it safe to drink as it is an antibacterial agent. The silver molecules destroy the proteins that germs need by binding to them. It is also effective for fighting against other microbes. It also has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Using colloidal silver, it is possible to treat gallons of water so that it is safe to drink in the event of a disaster.

3. Chlorine Bleach

It doesn’t sound right does it? It even appears unsafe, but done correctly, it is actually quite effective in treating water and making it safe enough to drink. Bleach is also cheap and easily stored. Only a little bit is required to treat a gallon of water. It may make the water taste a little funny, but it sure is a whole lot better than the other option available to you in a time of disaster!

It’s important to use a bleach that contains about 5 or 6 percent of sodium hypochlorite as its active ingredient. If it has additional active ingredients, do not use that bleach. One-eighth of a teaspoon per gallon of water should suffice. Let stand for half an hour. There must be a faint chlorine smell, if not, try again or use a different source if possible.

4. Iodine Tablets

This option has arguably the biggest impact on taste. While you can chemically treat water with iodine tablets to make it safe to drink, you will be able to taste the iodine. However, when faced with the taste or not drinking water at all, there is only one clear option. If you do not have iodine tablets on hand but have iodine tincture, you can use that instead. It should be 2% iodine tincture. You can use five drops per quart  and allow it to stand for at least half an hour before you drink it.

5. Ultraviolet Water Purification

A UV lamp purifier can make water safe to drink. This method kills pathogens so infections are prevented. The rays will destroy harmful microorganisms including giardia and E. coli. It’s much better at destroying viruses than chlorine.

Using any of these methods will assure you of safe, drinking water. If you have some other water purification system that you can buy from many companies that make these systems, then you don’t have to worry at all.

About QLCC

Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine (or more affectionately known as QLCC) is a food and lifestyle blogger. What initially started as a casual cooking blog of mine has steered off the original path and my writing has branched out into all aspects of life. Hope you enjoyed my blog posts!

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