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If you have used all of your stored water and there are no other reliable clean water sources, it may become necessary in an emergency situation to treat suspicious water. Treat all water of uncertain quality before using it for drinking, food washing or preparation, washing dishes, brushing teeth or making ice. In addition to having a bad odor and taste, contaminated water can contain microorganisms (germs) that cause diseases such as dysentery, cholera, typhoid and hepatitis.
There are many ways to treat water. None is perfect. Often the best solution is a combination of methods. Before treating, let any suspended particles settle to the bottom or strain them through coffee filters or layers of clean cloth. Make sure you have the necessary materials in your disaster supplies kit for the chosen water treatment method.

Boiling

Boiling is the safest method of treating water. In a large pot or kettle, bring water to a rolling boil for one full minute, keeping in mind that some water will evaporate. Let the water cool before drinking.
Boiled water will taste better if you put oxygen back into it by pouring the water back and forth between two clean containers. This also will improve the taste of stored water.

Chlorination

You can use household liquid bleach to kill microorganisms. Use only regular household liquid bleach that contains 5.25 to 6.0 percent sodium hypochlorite. Do not use scented bleaches, color safe bleaches or bleaches with added cleaners. Because the potency of bleach diminishes with time, use bleach from a newly opened or unopened bottle.

Add 16 drops (1/8 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of water, stir and let stand for 30 minutes. The water should have a slight bleach odor. If it doesn’t, then repeat the dosage and let stand another 15 minutes. If it still does not smell of chlorine, discard it and find another source of water.

Other chemicals, such as iodine or water treatment products sold in camping or surplus stores that do not contain 5.25 or 6.0 percent sodium hypochlorite as the only active ingredient, are not recommended and should not be used.

Distillation

While boiling and chlorination will kill most microbes in water, distillation will remove microbes (germs) that resist these methods, as well as heavy metals, salts and most other chemicals. Distillation involves boiling water and then collection of only the vapor that condenses. The condensed vapor will not include salt or most other impurities. To distill, fill a pot halfway with water.

Tie a cup to the handle on the pot’s lid so that the cup will hang right-side-up when the lid is upside-down (make sure the cup is not dangling into the water) and boil the water for 20 minutes. The water that drips from the lid into the cup is distilled.

(FEMA, 2012)​
 

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ahh the stupidity of not thinking!!!
i thought all iodine would work! damn iodine, now i have to go check my stock!

people, boiling water isnt always a great option.
i have an artical posted somewhere on this site that explains boiling water can be deadly, ill see if i can find it again.
 

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ahh the stupidity of not thinking!!!
i thought all iodine would work! damn iodine, now i have to go check my stock!

people, boiling water isnt always a great option.
i have an artical posted somewhere on this site that explains boiling water can be deadly, ill see if i can find it again.
Don't have to tell me that lol got skin grafts on my whole chest my left arm and scars on my legs where they took skin from lol
 

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I wonder what people will do in the city's once the tubs toilets sinks and shelves are empty? At least I've got steams wells and ponds around.
 

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I wonder what people will do in the city's once the tubs toilets sinks and shelves are empty? At least I've got steams wells and ponds around.
I wonder that too, I have a vast ammount of natural springs around me and the sea water is going to be easy as pie to get, I'm just a bit worried about a raise in sea levels cos it will be bye bye mr emp proof lolol
 

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people, boiling water isnt always a great option.
Really!! that was gonna be my main plan after running out of bottled water and water purification tabs.
I seen have several filters on doomsday preppers that people are using to make there water safe to drink, anyone got a link to where can buy one of those?
 

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Cool cheers S Sgt, that filter clears it, but basically hoard water purification tablets and bleach to make it safe to drink?
 

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Cool cheers S Sgt, that filter clears it, but basically hoard water purification tablets and bleach to make it safe to drink?
If you got the water out of the river like he did in the video its probably best to do so. The more steps you take to treat the water (Filter, boil, distill, chemicals, whatever else im forgetting) the safer it is to drink.
 

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If you got the water out of the river like he did in the video its probably best to do so. The more steps you take to treat the water (Filter, boil, distill, chemicals, whatever else im forgetting) the safer it is to drink.
Many thanks that has cleared up something was worried about, now ordered a filter and a ton more puri tabs, hit the nearest supermarket tomoz for bleach. ^^
 

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also i haven't seen anyone talk about copper... copper have some purification qualities to it. such as boiling in copper pots is a great thing. this is where throwing coins into a well and making a wish came from. when they would do this they saw a dramatic drop in illness.
 
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