Water Purification Tablets
Water Purification Tablets - Keeping Water Safe
Water is life, so the saying goes. It has been shown that the human body can survive for up to one month without food but without water, a mere three or four days is the maximum one can go without water. The human body is about 60% water and most of its functions cannot be carried out without water. Ensuring that the water we drink is safe is paramount. It is not enough to ensure that there is adequate drinking water; the safety of the water also needs to be taken into consideration.
During and after disasters such as floods and earthquakes, water easily gets contaminated. Also water from rivers and lakes is very likely to be polluted by industrial and sewage effluence or surface runoff, making it unsafe for drinking. Other contaminants found in unsafe water are pathogens and animal waste.
Drinking contaminated water can lead to diseases such as typhoid, cholera and dysentery. In addition contaminated water has bad odor as well as taste. Contaminated water can also damage some body organs as well as affect the performance of many body functions.
The process of purifying drinking water refers to removal of harmful organisms and chemicals before drinking. Water purification tablets are one way to treat water to ensure it is safe for drinking. The tablets are able to remove harmful chemicals and pathogenic micro organisms from the water. They are able to do this by neutralizing the pathogens, harmful chemicals and other water contaminants that may be present in the water. However they cannot remove larger particles which should cleared using filtration before using the purification tablets.
Water purification tablets are made of iodine or chlorine. Chlorine is more commonly used but the use of iodine is also popular. Many people find its taste less unpleasant than that of chlorine. A common type of tablet used is Aquatab which is a chlorine tablet. These are the ones mainly used by UNICEF. One tablet is added to five liters of water in a container and shaken to mix tablet ingredients and water. It is then left for 30 minutes. It is then safe to drink. One needs to be cautious with the use of iodine for persons with thyroid disease, pregnant or lactating mothers.
As a means of disinfecting water, water purification tablets are meant for short term use, mainly during disasters or activities such as camping. Drinking clean pure water should be a priority for any family and water purification tablets offer a quick solution to this and should be an item in any family emergency kit.
With pollution levels raising in the in the world, finding clean safe drinking water is a great challenge and he need for water purification cannot be taken for granted. Use of water purification tablets is an efficient way of ensuring the availability of clean and safe drinking water. As with all medication remember the following simple rules for safety. Read instructions carefully before use. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool dry place.
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