We all know the importance of purifying dirty water because if it’s not clean and safe, then people are at risk of disease and death. This is so important that there has been a tremendous amount of development and research funded into how to purify water. There are in fact different ways to distill, and filter water, even extremely dirty water can be processed in such a way that it becomes completely filtered, drinkable water.
Some of the recent technological advancements have found ways to take the larger filtration processes and apply them on a smaller scale. One of the classic ways to distill water is by boiling a pot of water and placing it over a heat source, then slowly bringing it to boil. This process is one of the main ways throughout the world that developing countries have purified dirty water.
Bringing the water to a constant boil takes around about 5 to 10 minutes once it’s fully heated. For every minute it should be increased depending on high up you are. For example, if you are 300m above sea level, then you should add one minute for every 300 more, right up until 5500m, where this is no longer possible due to altitude. Bacteria finds it extremely hard to live in places that are so desolate. That’s why the lower altitudes have more bacteria and colder climates generally have less bacteria.
There are organisms and micro organisms that live in water and it is important during the boiling process to use certain materials for heating the water and ultimately purifying it. Sometimes in certain parts of the world there are not enough of the right materials for filtering the different biological impurities out of the water. That’s why cone like apparatus, made by nature, can assist by removing impurities such as sand, charcoal, grass, gravel and all sorts of materials that can’t boil away.