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A water purifier removes dangerous chemicals, bacteria and parasites from your drinking water

Updated on October 17, 2011

Safe Clean drinking water

Enjoy a glass of clean safe drinking water without the fear of hidden pollutants and bacteria.
Enjoy a glass of clean safe drinking water without the fear of hidden pollutants and bacteria.

Safe Drinking water is important wherever you live

Whether you have moved to a new home or city and find that the water tastes a little bit strange, or you are simply looking for a good way to make sure that your drinking water stays as safe and as clean as possible, you'll realize that the use of a water purifier can be very helpful.

A water purifier consists first of a filter that will trap bacteria, and also of a mechanism to stop viruses, which are much smaller than bacterium and which will slide right through a filter. Water purifiers will use either halogen like iodine to render the virus harmless, or it will use an electrostatic charge to trap the virus in the filter.

When you are thinking about this information, you might wonder what a water purifier is really protecting you from. You might find that the water that runs from your tap is perfectly clear. The truth of the matter is, even if it is perfectly clear water that runs through the city, there is is a chance that you will be able to find microbes in it that will still be quite harmful to you and your family.

When you are considering what the safest option for you and your family is, remember that there are many things that can find its way into your water supply.

Bad taste and hidden bacteria can ruiin a good glass of water - and your health!

Having a good water purification system in place will help you remove particulate sand and suspended particles of organic material from your water. These are fairly obvious things, and you'll find that they can make your water feel gritty or taste unpleasantly metallic. You'll find that, more significantly, a good countertop water purifier, like a Berkey water filter will also remove things like bacteria, algae, viruses and fungi from your water.

Chemicals are used to treat contaminants, but you end up drinking them!

In many cases, the chlorine that has been added to the water that you get pumped to your house will prevent the worst problems from occurring, but some people find that this gives their water an unpleasant taste.

Even if the water has been treated, have you ever woken up to a notice stating that you should boil your water for the next two days? Using a water purifier can help you maintain a ready supply of drinking water, even in the event of an emergency.

Water Purifiers make water taste better and safer to drink

When you are thinking about water purifiers and water purification systems, you'll often wonder what they are keeping away from you. Two of the more common things that a water purifier will encounter are Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium spp, which are pollutants which can occur in many areas.

They can cause diarrhea and other forms of stomach upset and the effects can last for quite a while. You'll also find that your drinking water can contain various strains of salmonella, which can cause fever, vomiting and general aches for weeks.

When you are thinking about your home and how you can make the people who live in it safe, consider what you can do with a water purifier.

Take some time and learn about what a water purifier can do for you!


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      watergeek 4 years ago from Pasadena CA

      I so agree about the importance of drinking clean water! You say in your last comment, ArtCantHurtU, that you camp and travel a lot. If you haven't worked it out yet, you might be interested in my hub about how to clean water while traveling/hiking. Especially when hiking long distances or traveling to third world countries, it's important to take preventive steps, since medical treatment is not easily available, if at all.

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      ArtCantHurtU 6 years ago

      It's so true that having fresh water can affect how you look. When I've drunk the tap water at certain places, I'm sure it's had a bad effect on my skin.

      "Contaminants in water can also cause you to feel tired even when you are getting enough rest." I hadn't thought of that, but it makes sense. There's a lot of stuff that humans just shouldn't be drinking, you know?

      Those Berkey filters look like the best. It'd be so nice to be able to make sure my water was ok, even if I'm out camping or traveling around. Most home systems don't let you travel, but I think I saw a portable one on their site which you can use at home or away. That would make so much more sense.

      Thanks for sharing. I'm glad you've had such good results with your water filters. They're a real must have nowadays.

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      Mark Moller 8 years ago

      It's scary to think about what could be in our water supply. Considering that some of the recent salmonella and e-coli outbreaks could have come from the water that was nourishing the crops, you can never be too safe.

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      beths nutrition 9 years ago

      I'd bring that water bottle with me everywhere too. You can't be too careful anymore. I suppose people should have been more careful back in the day too, but they didn't know what we do now and it's good we have a way to deal with it.

      Lauren, I'm glad your friend is ok. That must have been really scary for her. Malaria's one of those things you're not supposed to get any more. The water pipes broke in a county near me recently and it was worrying to residents. They couldn't use the water to do anything, huge run on the convenience stores too. I suppose if I had a good water filter (one I could trust) I wouldn't even have to worry about it. Fortunately, it wasn't my county, but it could be next time.

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      laurens health 9 years ago

      Great stuff. I live in a big city and one of my friends actually caught malaria a couple years back when it somehow got into the water supply. She didn't see the warnings that nobody should be drinking the water...just wasn't near a tv or radio soon enough. We're in a slightly swampy area, so I guess it makes sense.

      Anyway, I hadn't even realized before that this sort of thing could just make its way into our city's water supply.

      She said that the water didn't even look or taste wasn't like getting mud from the tap when you know something wrong. Fortunatly, she got good treatment and got over it pretty quickly. But it really wore her out. And it made me particularly careful about our water.

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      ArtCantHurtU 9 years ago

      Thanks for the comment!

      I love these Berkey water filters, especially the sports bottle, I bring it with me everywhere:) It is scary how fast we can get sick just from our water if we don't watch out!

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      TheMorellGroup 9 years ago

      Great Article!