Does boiling water make it safe to drink?

Water is the most important liquid we know to date. It is everywhere we look. Water is in the ground and in the air that we breathe. All animals, plants and humans need water to survive. Water is the basis of our life. As industries have developed, water became so contaminated that we cannot drink it without any purification.

Boiling drinking water with fuel is the oldest and most commonly practiced household water treatment method. According to WHO, water needs to be heated until the appearance of the first big bubbles to ensure that it is pathogen free. Many organizations recommend boiling both for water treatment in developing countries and to provide safe drinking water in emergency situations throughout the world – though it is quite laborious and uses a lot of energy. Boiling only kills pathogens and does not remove turbidity or chemical pollution (e.g. arsenic) from drinking water. So prior to boiling, water can be purified by settling or filtration method.

Chemical pollution such as arsenic is not removed by boiling. Also water with high amounts iron (with reddish colour), calcium or chlorine is not suitable for boiling. White scales may deposit in container bottom after boiling if calcium is high in waters. In such case, the container should be washed properly after every use. Boiled water tastes flat and people may not like that. Thus, boiled water can be chilled in freezer or cooled down to room temperature to have good taste.

Here’s some quick facts about boiled water:

  • Boiling can remove only bacteria present in water but cannot remove toxic wastes and chemicals.
  • Boiled Water can concentrate some of the toxic waste which does not vaporize.
  • The quantity of water will be reduced while boiling, because water may be lost as vapor.
  • It costs a lot of energy to biol water which is bad for the environment.
  • its time consuming and not a sure method.

Boiled Water vs RO Filtered water

RO purification is an advanced process that removes dissolved impurities such as salts and heavy metals from water to make it suitable for consumption. Boiling water only kills the microorganisms but doesn’t remove heavy metal from water making it unsafe for consumption. HappyWater provides some of the best water you can buy and it is delivered direct to your home or office. To find out more about HappyWater Delivery and Water Dispenser Rentals, please contact us.