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Even if water tastes fine it is possible that it could contain bacteria, parasites, or protozoa that can result in nausea,  diarrhea, and other ailments. Water filters are an effective way to prevent some of these harmful effects. The pores in filters allow water to pass through while trapping contaminants  According to How Stuff Works, the pore size must be less than 1 micron to remove parasitic eggs and larvae and smaller than 0.4 microns to remove bacteria. A filter can either be installed for a drinking water tap or built into a water container, depending on how much you want to spend.

These filters will only trap the particulate. They won’t kill any of the parasites or bacteria. Due to this fact, it is important to replace filters as a part of routine maintenance every 6 months.

For areas in developing countries, it is recommended to have an iodine filtering system. If this is not possible, use iodine tablets. The iodine will unfavorably affect the taste of the water, but it will be much safer from viruses. Try using ascorbic acid to improve the taste of the water and further treat it for viruses. It will neutralize the iodine, but will also reduce its effectiveness. Make sure to let the iodine run its course before adding the ascordic acid.

There are many other water filtration systems that can be used in a home. Aside from a basic particulate filter, it can be difficult to pick one. The quick guide below is from Heart Spring:

  • Charcoal Filters low cost, widely used
  • KDF Filter Media handles heavy metals, hot water
  • Sediment Filters helps well water, prolongs 2nd filter
  • Water Distillers uses energy, slow production, removes Cryptosporidium, minerals
  • Ceramic Filters preferred by campers, hikers
  • Reverse Osmosis removes Cryptosporidium, minerals, creates waste water
  • Alkaline Water Ionizers adds milli-volt charge to water and minerals, shifts pH
  • Atmospheric Water Generator uses energy, off-grid applications
  • Bottled Water is expensive, has questionable sources, landfills plastic
  • Ultraviolet Water Filters destroys germs, limited bulb lifespan
  • Magnetic Water Filters reshapes water minerals with magnets
  • Infra Red Water Filters passively reshapes water structure
  • Catalytic Water Filters uses resin bead coatings, to target specific toxins
  • Homemade Water Filters for survival
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