Disinfecting water

Above, Gary the Water Guy shows how to disinfect well water to kill bacteria

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This article on water treatment kits and the value of a water
preserver is important if you have water storage. Get to know your
water storage options. Also, be sure to heed these tips:
  • Be sure to cool your water before you use a water treatment
    kits.
  • Never use water treatment on flood water or try to use a
    water purifier. Never drink floodwaters because of the
    chemicals they contain!

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Disinfecting water
Learn how to treat and disinfect your water

How to disinfect water and make it safe.
Water disinfection is critical in prepping that often gets
overlooked. Part of your emergency preparedness plans must
include deactivating, removing or killing pathogenic
microorganisms for the simple reason that if you don't your
drinking water could cause your family to become ill. The water
you use to clean cooking utensils could also make you sick.

Thankfully, disinfecting water is relatively easy to do. There are
many commercially available water disinfectants, and if you have
well water then you may already be aware about the need for
removing Chloroform and E. Coli from your water.

The first method of disinfecting water ever used was chlorine, and
while chlorine is a prepper favorite, there are many reasons why
also
you shouldn't rely on chlorine bleach to disinfect your water.

A water treatment kit is important to have if you store water for
many reasons. Water treatment kits test your water to help you
clean and maintain water storage.

Microorganisms could colonize in your water within a few days.
the key word is could. It's true that the water could be safe, but
why risk it? No matter what someone else says, you should get a
water treatment system so you have true peace of mind.

A water preserver is effective against dysentary, fungi, yeast and
mold Typhoid. What's more, pesky slime build up in storage
containers can cause a lot of issues if a disaster strikes. You
need a water purifier to purify and keep emergency drinking water
safe from bacteria and pathogens. Using a water preserver
eliminates replacing stored water every 3-6 months.

Disinfecting Water
Why disinfect water? Part of your emergency preparedness plans
must include deactivating, removing or killing pathogenic
microorganisms for the simple reason that if you don't your
drinking water could cause your family to become ill.

There are many kinds of emergency water treatment kits you can
get for your water storage. You can use a water treatment kit to
help you secure potable water in an emergency or to keep your
water stable for five years. Some water treatment tabs are handy
for securing potable water from lakes, streams and rivers so that
you can avoid parasites. AquaTabs, for example, will kill micro-
organisms in water to prevent
cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and
other water borne disease.

Water treatment kits don't take up much space at all and they're
one of the most integral parts of your preparedness plans. Below
are a list of the tablets and drops that are used to purify water.

Here are your water treatment options:

#1: Aquamira Water Treatment.
AquaMira Water Treatment, pictured slightly top right, kills odor
causing bacteria and enhances the taste of stored potable water.
The Part A and Part B effectively controls the build-up of slime in
water storage containers treats up to 60 gallons of water. Once
treated with Aquamira Water Treatment, stored water has a 5
year shelf life and will help prevent slime build up.

AquaMira is made in America. This Chlorine Dioxide water
treatment is a two-part liquid. Chlorine dioxide is what municipal
water treatment plants use to kill a variety of waterborne
pathogens since the 1940s.

#2: Aquatabs.
Chlorinating drinking water has been one of the single most
effective means of improving public health in the developing
world, but it's a science and requires careful measurements. One
of the best water purification tablets you can get is AquaTab
because they are easy to use, you can take them anywhere and
they're very affordable.

Aquatabs enable areas without access to water disinfection
systems to benefit from the advantages of chlorination without
any infrastructure requirements in a speedy and cost effective
manner.

Why use Aquatabs to treat water?
Aquatabs are available in a
range of tablet sizes.
Aquatabs water purification tablets utilize materials specifically
approved to International standards for use in drinking water with
NSF/ANSI Standard 60 certification.

All sorts of agencies use Aquatabs including government and
defense forces and leading aid agencies. Many water sources
throughout the world, even after filtration, remain contaminated
and require some form of disinfection.

Aquatabs are effervescent tablets which kill microorganisms in
water to prevent cholera, typhoid, dysentery and other water
borne diseases. Clean drinking water is ready in 30 mins.
In the past year over 1 billion Aquatabs have been used globally.
Each package includes 100 individually sealed tablets with up to 5
year shelf life.

Aquatabs are used both in emergency situations and also for
continuous use in households that do not have access to safe
drinking water.
The only water purification tablet with NSF 60 certification and
approved formula for routine use by the World Health
Organization (WHO)
Maximize shelf-life with water-proof / light-proof standup pouch.
Instructions included.

#3: Ef-Chlor Water Purification Tablets.
Ef-Chlor Water Purification is a broad spectrum fast acting
sanitizer and water sterilizer, which is rapidly effective against
bacteria, fungi, Protozoa and viruses. It's recommended by
leading infection control experts worldwide because it's effective
against virtually all known bacteria, viruses and spores. Plus, it's
safe to handle and store.

If you're looking for the total spectrum of activity, rest assured EF-
Chlor is effective against hydro hypophilic viruses, gram positive
and gram negative bacteria, fungi mould, yeast, mycoplasmas
and protozoa.

Applications include purifying drinking water for hospital
disinfection of baby bottles and catering to clean fruit and
vegetables, and even for janitorial cleaning. Used worldwide by
campers, hikers, militaries, emergency organizations, and anyone
else who needs to drink water of questionable quality, these
Portable Aqua iodine tablets will disinfect contaminated drinking
water in a pinch.

#4: Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets
Make questionable water bacteriologically safe to drink with
Potable Aqua. It's proven effective against Giardia when used as
directed. Free from iodine taste, it makes water drinkable using.  
Potable aqua uses Tetraglycine Hydroperiodide. The most
common causes of water-borne TD are bacteria, such as
E. coli,
cholera and
salmonella, which are reduced or eliminated by
Potable Aqua water purification products.

  • Does Potable Aqua have an Expiration Date?
    Yes, An unopened bottle of Potable Aqua is good for 4 years.
    To calculate the EXP date please see the date of
    manufacture noted in the lot code printed on the label. If the
    bottle was made in November of 2017, it would expire in
    November of 2017. If a bottle was made in May of 2015 it
    would expire in May of 2019. Use your Potable Aqua tablets
    for one year after the bottle is first opened, then discard.

#5: Water Preserver
Water Preserver Concentrate added to fresh drinking water will
allow it to be safety stored for an emergency up to 5 years!
Drinking water is the key element in disaster preparedness and
survival. A person can survive for several days without food, but
only for a short time without water.

Water Preserver Concentrate Use with tap water to store
emergency drinking water for 5 years. Water Preserver is the first
and only product recognized and proven effective for 5-year water
storage, registered and licensed by federal and state EPA. Water
Preserver was scientifically tested for 10 years to ensure its
potency for 5 year storage. Guaranteed 100% effective. Water
Preserver is a proprietary formula of stabilized, ph-balanced
sodium hypochlorite with highly effective residual action that kills
bacteria., viruses, mole, and fungus.

Water Preserver™ Concentrate is a liquid additive that disinfects,
preserves and extends the safe storage life of emergency drinking
water. Water Preserver™ provides guaranteed 5-year storage* for
regular tap water or commercial bottled water.Water Preserver™
Concentrate is a liquid additive that disinfects, preserves and
extends the safe storage life of emergency drinking water. Water
Preserver™ provides guaranteed 5-year storage* for regular tap
water or commercial bottled water. The first and only product
accepted and proven safe for 5-year water storage Proven
effective in over 12 years of testing and use Recognized and
licensed by U.S. and state EPA's Proprietary formula and strict
laboratory analysis insure potency Water Preserver™ kills, and
prevents the re-growth of Coliform bacteria and other disease-
causing microorganisms for 5 years, when used as directed. Water
Preserver™ kills the pathogenic organisms responsible for
typhoid, dysentery and other serious diseases, and also kills and
prevents growth of yeast, mold, fungi and algae which also make
water undrinkable.

Water Preserver Conentrate added to fresh drinking water will
allow it to be safety stored for an emergency up to 5 years!
Safely treat and store water for 5 years without rotation.
The first and only product accepted and proven safe for 5-year
water storage Proven effective in over 12 years of testing and use
Recognized and licensed by U.S. and state EPA's Proprietary
formula and strict laboratory analysis insure potency.

Are water purification tablets safe? They are much more safe than
drinking water with bleach in it.

Thinking of using bleach Instead?
If you're a hard core prepper and you're thinking you don't need
water purification tablets, then think again! The main issue is
that chlorine potency is only six months, so you're gambling that
it will have any effect at helping you secure potable water.
Another thing is that using bleach requires

Water Preserver vs. Chlorine Bleach
You may wonder whether you can drink water with bleach in it.
The answer is complex. You should never drink pool water or
anything treated with
pool shock. There's a science to using
chlorine to making water potable. Though you could use bleach to
purify your water, you'll always wonder whether it's safe to drink
water with bleach in it because you may have the incorrect
proportions.

Also, while you could use chlorine bleach, it's not so convenient.
First, you'll need to add 16 drops of liquid chlorine bleach per
gallon of water. That's the science behind the proper proportions
according the Red Cross, but in an emergency you don't want to
count and you likely don't have a dropper handy. Another problem
is that chlorine usually comes with scents and this is not for
drinking! Another big reason that chlorine isn't a good option is
that bleach expires. These are just some of the reasons not to
use chlorine bleach and not to buy too much bleach.

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