Drinking Polluted Water
b>Drinking Polluted Water
With the increasing concern for water shortage left and right, not to mention the scarcity of potable water in many areas across the world, drinking polluted water is becoming a real possibility for many people. For this, one needs knowledge of the proper water treatment methods in order to ensure that the water remains drinkable despite its original less-than-pleasant source.
In this post, we will talk about the various water purification methods available to households who want to be sure of the quality of water that they are consuming is at least clean enough to kill chemicals or bacteria that can make them ill. After all, we all know that drinking polluted water can do serious damage to the body.
•Particulate Pollution. One of the critical concerns regarding drinking water today is the amount of particulate matter that gets deposited into the water. There are two primary causes for this. First is the erosion of land forms that are contaminated. The soil eventually finds its way to drinking water reservoirs. Second, polluted dust in the air falls into the water and sooner or later finds its way into the drinking water supply. When these things happen it is not inconceivable to find yourself drinking polluted water if it is left untreated.
Depending on the size of the pollutants, household water treatment systems can be designed to handle the unnecessarily entrained materials. Bigger particulates can be screened via a filter. Finer particles can be then be handled by even thinner filters but this might be beyond the reach of conventional household water treatment installations.
•Chemical Pollution. The best way to prevent drinking polluted water contaminated by chemical pollution is with activated carbon filters, but this might not even be sufficient. In many cases, municipal water treatment stations uses a combination of coagulant treatment plus reverse osmosis in order to filter the chemical pollutant from the drinking water. In contrast, household installations are designed for ordinary contaminants like oil leaks so the risk of chemical contamination might be the most pressing for household purifying systems to handle.
•Biological Pollution. Bacteria can easily cause water-borne diseases like dysentery and must be removed from the water. Drinking polluted water is almost always tied to bacterial contamination, especially if the pollution is caused by flooding that carries household wastes as contaminants. This can also be remedied by activated carbon filters as well as chlorine or iodine disinfectants. A household that lacks a complete water treatment installation can still be spared from drinking polluted water by adding a few drops of household bleach to a gallon of water and letting it stand before drinking. Alternatively, boiling the water is also an excellent treatment method for killing biological contaminants.
As the risks for drinking polluted water grows, extra vigilance is necessary to ensure the quality of water that goes into the household. Consequently, a combination of knowledge for water treatment as well as sound investments in water purification installations for both emergency and everyday use is absolutely necessary. Any responsible homeowner should look into these concerns and do something about it before a serous illness occurs due to inadvertently consuming polluted drinking water.