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Doctor insights on: How Long Do I Have To Boil Water To Make It Safe

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How long do I have to boil water to make it safe?

How long do I have to boil water to make it safe?

Depends: As an outdoorsman of 40+ years, i see a lot of bad advice about making water safe. The cdc's official advice is this: at low altitudes boil vigorously for 1 minute. At altitudes greater than 6, 562 feet (>2, 000 m), boil for 3 minutes, or use chemical disinfection after it has been boiled for 1 minute. Because boiled water is bland and tasteless, add a pinch of salt to make it more palatable. ...Read more

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Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more


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How long do I have to boil water for it to be safe to drink?

How long do I have to boil water for it to be safe to drink?

Reaches a boil: Once it reaches a rolling boil then give it 1 minute. That is the recommendation to kill any pathogens that would cause you harm. ...Read more

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How long does water have to boil before it becomes safe?

How long does water have to boil before it becomes safe?

It depends: It depends on what is wrong with the water. If you are worried about a minor contamination, bringing the water to a boil and holding it at a boil for 5 minutes should be sufficient. Certain parasites may take longer to be eradicated. ...Read more

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How long do I need to boil water to remove e.Coli contaminants?

How long do I need to boil water to remove e.Coli contaminants?

5 minutes: Nearly all organisms will die in boiling water for 5 min. Longer boiling may be needed at high altitudes. ...Read more

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How long do I need to boil water to kill giardiasis?

How long do I need to boil water to kill giardiasis?

10 min: Boiling water at 160 degrees fahrenheit for 10 min will do the job of killing off giardia. ...Read more

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What is the reason that cleaning nebs with vinegar/water is no longer recommended? (pls correct me if wrong) references/links? What is best (not boil)

What is the reason that cleaning nebs with vinegar/water is no longer recommended? (pls correct me if wrong) references/links? What is best (not boil)

Not strong enough.: Vinegar is not strong enough to kill the bacteria that are now found in many nebulizers. Recommended methods include boiling or microwaving for 5 minutes, soaking in a solution of 1 part bleach and 50 parts water for 3 minutes, soaking in rubbing alcohol for 5 minutes, and soaking in 3% hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes. Always follow the nebulizer maker's recommendations, however. ...Read more

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