Will boiling tap water purify it?

Are you concerned about the contaminants in your tap water? Has it every crossed your mind to drink cooled boiled water as a way to remove any contaminants?  This blog takes a look at the idea of boiling tap water. What actually happens? Does it make the tap water pure?

Why Boil Tap Water?

Boiling water has been passed down from generation to generation as a way to ensure that water is safe to drink.  Survival experts always suggest, when you do not have access to clean water, you should always boil the water before you drink it. This greatly reduces the chances of getting ill from the water.

Bacteria and parasites are all eliminated at boiling temperatures – which are the contaminants found in water that can impose the greatest threat to human health in a short amount of time.

Does Boiling Tap Water Make it Pure?

While boiling water eliminates bacteria in the water, it does not make the tap water pure.  Water can contain other contaminants such as microplastics, pesticides, fertilisers, industrial chemicals, hormones, medications, heavy metals and neurotoxic microorganisms which are not removed through boiling water.

What’s the Solution?

Water purification systems provide the highest quality of water when using tap water.

1. Water Purifier 

An electric water purifier is the most trusted form of water purification that can be found in most houses today. A water purifier uses a multi-stage process that involves UV and UF filtration, carbon block, and modern water filtration technology.

2. Reverse Osmosis  

A reverse osmosis purifier proves to be one of the best methods of purifying water. Reverse osmosis forces water through a semipermeable membrane and removes contaminants.

3. Water Chlorination  

This older technique uses bleach with approximately 5% chlorine added to the water. This mixture works as an oxidant and quickly kills microorganisms, making water safe for consumption.

4. Distillation  

Distillation is a water purification process that involves collecting the condensed water after evaporation, which ensures that water is free of contaminants. However, this isn’t as effective as reverse osmosis filter because it is time-consuming and eliminates minerals as well.

5. Fohen Carbon Attraction Filters 

The Fohen carbon attraction filter has been designed specifically to organically remove calcium, magnesium, chlorine & dirt particles from your water supply. The filter does provide you with a cleaner & crisper, less contaminated water. The Fohen filter also prevents a build-up of lime scale on the heating element of the boiler unit and allows us to offer 2 year warranty on our boiling water taps.  Depending on the ‘hardness’ of the water supply to your property your Fohen filter will need replacing around every 6 months. Click this link to find out more or to purchase a Fohen boiling water filter

What is purified water?

Purified water is water that's been mechanically filtered or processed to remove chemicals and impurities. The purification process removes contaminants including bacteria, chemicals, and toxins from tap water or ground water.  Different water purification treatments are designed to remove different impurities from the water.  

What type of water should I drink?

This really depends on the quality of tap water where you live, if you have any purification systems in place, and if you have any health conditions. Taste is also something to consider. However, investing in an electric water purifier for your cold drinking water is a great place to start. 

Drinking distilled water may put individuals at greater risk for nutrient deficiencies since it lacks any minerals that may be beneficial to health. Additionally, it can cause problems with your teeth because the minerals in your teeth can leach into the mineral starved water.

There are many variations of purified water as described above. A certain amount of minerals in water can be beneficial and can provide a source of daily intake of calcium and magnesium.

If you need any more information on the Fohen carbon attraction water filter or are looking for a boiling water tap visit Fohen for more information.