Iodine purifies water by killing harmful bacteria that may be living in it. Iodine is popular because it is easy and inexpensive to use. However, it is not as effective against Giardia as chlorine is, and it may not be effective against some kind of Cryptosporidium. The EPA recommends boiling water as the most effective method of getting rid of bacteria.
Iodine is basically used as a water purificant because it is very sustainable and can be easily found in most areas. It kills the bacteria in water and leaves it purified enough to drink. Though iodine is effective in its own way, “boiling water is the surest method to make water safe to drink and kill disease-causing microorganisms like Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium, which are frequently found in rivers and lakes.”
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