Boiling water is a good way to kill bacteria in water to purify it, as long as it is done effectively. It should be boiled for 5 to 10 minutes, adding one minutes very every 300 meters you are above sea level until you hit 5500 meters above sea level. At this elevation, boiling water isn’t efficient or effective. In addition to boiling water (perhaps even combining it with other methods for added safety), you can use iodine tablets, which take between 10 and 30 minutes to be effective, using an iodine solution, using an iodine and filter system, such as the Polar Pure bottle, and also super-chlorination and chlorine tablets. Again, it’s really important to make sure that whatever method you’re using, you do it properly and for the proper length of time or it will no longer be effective.
Boiling water has been found to kill 99.9% of all organisms living in it; however, the minerals and metals from the cooking container you’re using to boiling the water increase in concentration. Chlorine, Bromine, and Hydrogen perioxide are all acceptable chemicals to use to purify water. If the means are available, try filtration system. There are pitchers and devices to filter water directly from the faucet.
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