When you are traveling often, there are many opportunities for you to get sick. If you are not sure if the water is safe to drink at your next destination, you will need to treat it. Using filters, water purification tablets, or iodine are easy ways to purify water while you are away from home.
1.Filter the water before drinking it
If the water looks cloudy, you should start by filtering it to remove any particles or sediments that could be in it. If you don’t have a filter made for this application, you can simply use a coffee filter, a cheesecloth, or even a tea towel.
2.Boil the water
Boiling water is an easy way to get rid of viruses, bacteria and parasites. For this method to be effective, however, you have to boil your water for at least 5 minutes. If the place where you are traveling is high above the sea level, you should boil your water longer. You will then have to wait for your water to cool down before drinking it.
3.Use water purification tablets
When it comes to portable water treatment systems, water purification tablets are effective, compact, and affordable. These tablets can take somewhere between 30 minutes and 4 hours to kill viruses and bacteria that are present in water. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package you buy.
4.Use liquid iodine
Adding liquid iodine to the water before drinking it is another effective way to get rid of pathogens that could make you sick. Unlike chlorine tablets, however, iodine leaves an unpleasant aftertaste, and some people are allergic to it. Before using iodine, make sure this isn’t your case.
5.Use a commercial water filter
Commercial water treatment systems include portable water filters that can remove sediments, pathogens, metal and other pollutants from water. Think about purchasing a countertop filter, a water bottle, or a straw with a built-in filter. No matter where you travel, you will always have safe drinking water.
6.Use a UV light treatment
A UV light handheld water purifier could become your best ally when you travel. This device will effectively and quickly destroy harmful pathogens. However, before using a UV light treatment, you need to be sure to filter your water, as UV light cannot get rid of sediments and particles. For more information, you may appreciate the resources available at Global Hydration.