A woman washes clothes at a pond in Kainad, Maharashtra, India, on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The construction of 600,000 kilometers (373,000 miles) of country roads, addition of 327 million rural phone connections and a rise in literacy to record levels since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took office in 2004 has helped double the growth rate of Indias food output. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Methods On Keeping Water At Home Safe And Clean

It is very essential to ensure our safety especially on the water that we consume every day. Water plays a great part in our lives and there is never a time that we do not need it. That is why it should take an effort from us to make sure that we have the safest and cleanest water. And the safety should start in our own homes. Gone are the days that tap water and all the water we get from our natural resources are considered clean. We all know that because of our own neglects, the water can be polluted and contaminated.


However, there are certain ways on how to purify our water at home. These ways or methods are the purification by boiling, purification with the use of bleach, iodine tablet and water filtration systems. Boiling is considered to be the most recommended method of purification. It is also a very easy one as you will only need a pot, a fire and a container. Water is placed in the pot and boiled for three minutes, filter and remove some residues that float after boiling then store it in a container. Purification using bleach is advised to use with a professional’s consent because it requires chemicals that can be dangerous. Purification using iodine tablets is not recommended to people with thyroid problems.

Also, water resulting from the purification may have a strange taste and requires a powder drink mix for it to be tasty.  It is also very important to follow directions on measurements of tablets as wrong amount may cause some health hazards. There are also several in-house water filtration systems that can be used to purify drinking water. The most common ones are the Pour-through containers, faucet filters and whole-house systems. Pour-through containers are filters that are attached to the spout to strain particles and residues in the water. It is not a very safe method, though. Faucet filters are connected directly to faucets or under the sink to run the water over a ceramic screen to remove particles.


Some of the filter faucets alter the water’s taste because they are made from activated carbon. The whole-house system does not only purify drinking water but all water in the house. There are different types of technology used in this system such as Reverse Osmosis, Water Softeners and Distillers. It has not been known which technology is the most effective because distillation though can filter contaminants can also remove natural minerals and reverse osmosis uses three times as much water.