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Home water Purification

Updated on September 8, 2013


Home Water Purification -Simple method


We are now in the hurricane season and for us Caribbean people we hold our breaths and whisper silent prayers hoping that the season does not bring us destruction, homelessness and loss of love ones.



Jamaica is said to be a land of wood and water but the disturbance of the elements after the onslaught of a hurricane it is likely that water will become contaminated.

In such times home water purification should be on the fore front of every one's mind. The water is usually contaminated by sand blown in from the sea, along with many air transported pollutants. The rivers are usually in a spate churning and raging, spitting muddied, contaminated water.

In case you were stranded on the island after a hurricane it is imperative that you take precaution to purify your water.This is the time when water borne diseases spread like wild fire bringing in their wake death from gastroenteritis, typhoid fever and sometimes cholera. Preventing contamination is much better than curing the diseases.


There is a simple method that individuals can use to insure that their families consume water that has gone through the simple home water purification method. The commercial water purifier can be used but they may be unavailable at that time or worst yet there maye no electricity.This simple fairly cheap economical method may be the difference between life and death. Before the hurricane strike employed precautionary measures listed below


  • 1. Before the hurricane store water into clean, tightly shut containers
  • 2. Use clean contains with a handle to dip up water
  • 3. Do not store water into containers that contained chemicals
  • 4. where there is no safe water purify using the following method

Water......Bleach.......Standing time

1 liter.......1 drop .......30 mins

20 gals.....!/2.....tsp......30 mins,

170 gals....41/2 tsps......30 mins


Safe water is treated water. Many individuals believe that safe water is only needed for drinking.However safe water is needed for all of the following

  • 1. Drinking
  • 2. Making drinks
  • 3. Washing vegetables
  • 4. Making ice
  • 5. Brushing teeth
  • 6. Bathing
  • 7. Preparing food
  • 8. Washing dishes

Make sure that water taken or obtained from thefollowing sources are treated the iformation you have learned about home water purification

  • 1. Drums
  • 2. Catchment
  • 3. Water trucks
  • 4. Tanks and community reservoirs

Author:( Soy Criada) Juliet Christie Murray




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    • someonewhoknows profile image


      8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      There is a way to purify water by boiling it,then filtering it through disposable paper coffee filters or clean cotton material with activated charcoal along with it.Aquarium charcoal filters should do.

      Another option is boiling water and condensing the steam produced above the pot so the water droplets that form there will flow into another container next to it.You can use another metal pot larger than the one the boiling water is in to condense the steam into water drops.Just tilt it to one side so the water droplets flow into a third pot next to the one with the boiling water.What ever you use to condense the steam into water droplets is clean as well as the container the water droplets flow into.with this method you don't need a filter or charcoal,but if you have them it couldn't hurt to use them anyway.If,fuel for heat is not available you can use a fresnel lens to heat the water with the sun.More than one is probably best they are not expensive and they work very well to focus the sun onto the metal pot.Pure Silver metal in water can disinfect water after being in contaminated water for a certain amount of time and wood has been proven to do the same thing over time as well.Of course these two methods would be a last resort or in addition to using the other methods available.You can't be too safe when it comes to drinking water.

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      wastewater treatment 

      8 years ago

      How about chemicals?

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      wastewater treatment chemicals 

      8 years ago

      Why not try wastewater treatment chemicals and water treatment chemicals

      ? Like flocculants and coagulants such as fumaric acid, polyaspartic acid etc. We are a global supplier for water treatment and wastewater treatment chemicals. You can see our flocculant and coagulant here:

    • Juliet Christie profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliet Christie Murray 

      10 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

      I hope it will reach some individuals especially teenages who do not know.

    • guidebaba profile image


      10 years ago from India

      Thank you for providing all this good info. Even though most of us are aware of all these but just ignore to practice.


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