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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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Dr. Marc Basson
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Escherichia Coli (Definition)

Escherichia coli is a type of bacteria that normally lives in the intestines of humans and animals. Most forms of the bacteria are harmless, but some strains may cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. Most cases of infection are caused by contaminated raw vegetables ...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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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 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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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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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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Boil (Definition)

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