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Water Treatment

Preventable waterborne diseases are responsible for approximately 80% of all illnesses and deaths in the developing world. Children are especially susceptible, with nearly two million deaths each year.

Chemical contamination causes illness, death and birth defects.

What are the sources of waterborne disease?

The culprits in water-borne disease are something called pathogens.

path·o·gen [path-uh-juhn, -jen]
noun
any disease-producing agent, especially a virus, bacterium, or other microorganism.

There are three main pathogen groups we are concerned about:

  1. Protozoa (parasites, amoebas, cryptosporidium, giardia, etc.)
  2. Bacteria (botulism, cholera, E. Coli, salmonella, legionella, typhoid, etc.)
  3. Viral (SARS, Hepatitis A, Polio)

On top of this, we are concerned about taste because it is hard to get people to drink bad-tasting water. If they do not drink, they will become dehydrated.

What sustainable methods are available to treat water?

    • Chemicals
    • Filtration
    • Heating or vapor distillation
    • UV light
    • Ozone

Click on the links in the list above to go to the page dedicated to that method of water treatment.

If you are wanting the pdf from the powerpoint presentation at the Arlington Self Reliance Expo, click here to download the file. It is 2.5mb.

The pdf documents of the PowerPoints and handouts from the Homestead Craft Fair seminars can be downloaded here.

 

Pat Chesney
Sustainable Living Consultant

Rainwater Harvesting, Water Purification, Aquaponics, Energy Conservation, Energy Generation
Solar Water Heating, Solar PV and More

254-716-3568

pat@chesneyservices.com

Certified HERS Rater 2007-2013
Certified ARCSA AP
Master Plumber-State of Texas-License #40812

Member of ARCSA
The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association