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Bushfires and water tanks

Bushfires are very common in African Savannas, especially during the dry season between May and October. Private water sources in bushfire-affected areas could become contaminated from bushfire ash, fire retardant, debris or dead animals. If the water looks, smells or tastes unusual, do not use it for drinking or food preparation and do not give it […]

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Rainwater purification – 25 methods

Rainwater from rain water tanks should always be appropriately filtered/purified if it is to be used for drinking and washing food. Rainwater is naturally pure, free of chemicals, odours and micro-organisms but once it reaches the collection surface (such as your rooftop and gutters) and enters the water tank, it could have collected contaminants. Here […]

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Using Water to Make Infant Formula: What Type of Water Is Best?

This article discusses the safety of water for infants but omits rainwater as a possible source.  Rainwater is naturally pure and free of chemicals but once it reaches a collection surface it may be contaminated so we always recommend that rainwater from rainwater tanks be appropriately filtered and purified, especially if given to infants.  Whatever […]

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Is water from water tanks safe to drink?

This question is obviously very broad and needs to be qualified; it all depends on the source of water that is being stored in the water tanks as well as the type of water tanks under consideration. Type of water tank where water is stored The type of water tank, more specifically what the water […]

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Everyone should consider filtering water before drinking it

We are not only recommending filtering water from boreholes, dams/rivers, rain water , water tanks or water reservoirs but also municipal water…here’s why Many people seem to think that water supplied by municipalities is pure and ‘safe’ to drink but this is not necessarily the case!  In South Africa, municipal water varies in quality and […]

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DIY Rural Water Purification

While chemicals may be used to disinfect water from your rain water tank or other sources, we always recommend that, if possible, the chemicals be removed via a final filtration process.  While rainwater is pure, it may collect dirt and pathogens from rooftops and gutters if you have a rainwater harvesting system.  Also keep water […]

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5 Situations in Which Water Purification is a Must

There are still parts of the world in which simply taking a drink out of a stream or even a faucet is a totally normal and safe thing to do. Unfortunately, the number of places where that is true is shrinking every day. This doesn’t automatically mean that every bit of water you want to […]

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Top Water Purification Tablets on the Market

Whether you are into backpacking and camping or you want to harvest rainwater as a way to go green, water purification tablets can be used to ensure the safety of the water you drink. In days gone by, streams and other waterways were considered safe to drink from. But nowadays, most water is contaminated with […]

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Cleaning and disinfecting water tankers & water storage tanks

Introduction It is often necessary to quickly provide a basic water supply during and shortly after an emergency. This may be because the normal supply has been damaged or destroyed, or because people collect in a place where no water supply exists (a new refugee camp, for example). Often the quickest way of providing a […]

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