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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Are you aware about the massive ill effect bacteria can have on your health? If not, then here are some important facts about bacteria in drinking water. The first thing that you need to know is what bacteria are? Well, bacteria are water contaminants found in your drinking water. It is the main cause of many infectious diseases. However, you don’t need to worry even if your water is not bacteria free. Here are some handy tips to help you find if you have bacteria in your drinking water and ways to remove them.
Types of bacteria
Bacteria are of two types - coliform bacteria, found in animal and human wastes and iron bacteria, which is indicative of a reddish-brown tinge on your water fixtures.
What are the diseases that can be caused by bacteria?
If you consume drinking water containing bacteria in it then you are prone to many diseases like, typhoid, cholera, hepatitis, giardiasis and dysentery.
How can you get safe, bacteria-free water?
Now that you are aware of the serious health hazards of drinking water that contains bacteria, you must undertake steps to remove it. Well before purifying, you first have to find out whether your water contains bacteria at all. To do this, one indicator can be the reddish-brown tinge on your water fixtures. If the tinge is present, you can be certain that your water supply is infected with this contaminant and you can now process to the methods that shall aid you in removing them from water.
An old and common method of water purification is boiling. This is an effective method to kill the harmful bacteria in your water. Or else you can use ultraviolet filters to remove bacteria from water. Iodine can also be mixed into water to kill bacteria present in it. But iodine consumption is not healthy, therefore you have to use a carbon filter thereafter to remove the iodine from the drinking water.
Shock chlorination method is another effective method used to purify water by removing bacteria. It is a simple method that involves adding large amount of chlorine to the water and holding it in the water system for 12 to 24 hours. Then the water is flushed out and it becomes safe for consumption. This full process is called shock chlorination.
Few other effective water purification methods are microfiltration, disinfection, ultrafiltration, chemical oxidation. However, among these the most effective method of water purification is reverse osmosis, which is said to kill 99% of the total bacteria content of the water.
Be cautious and stop being contaminated
In order to stay immune to any of the water-borne diseases caused due by bacteria, you must take some important measures at the preliminary stage. Try to avoid consuming water from springs and wells, because they are found to be largely bacteria contaminated. If you are planning to build a well, get a pitless well adapter, with a proper casing and a hygienic cap.
Purify the water before consuming it and prevent your family from falling ill due to water-borne diseases, caused by bacteria contamination in it. Drink clear water and live healthy.
by: Chris Tracey