The other day I wondered is boiling water an effective way to remove germs and bacteria? I personally do not like the taste of tap water. Part of my growing up we would drink water directly from a spring or bottled water. Now I could taste the difference of the tap so I only drink bottled water. But with bottled water you also have the problem of plastic which is not good for the environment. I know there is also a filter one could pass their water through. I did a quick research online to see about my question. From the few sites I read although boiling does not get rid 100% everything it does the job adequately for the germs and bacteria that could be harmful to us. I found a site also that compared boiling water to filtered water and basically it said either or does the trick. With the boiling you do have to have it at a bubbling boil for at least one to two minutes from what I read for this to be effective. Regarding the taste I saw two different opinions. One site said that the boiled water may taste better than a filter because the filter may have a charcoal type taste. Then I read that some people may not like the boiled water because it may leave it with a flat taste due to oxygen being removed from the water. But a way to assist with that is to pour it between two containers after it has been boiled (and I assume cooled) to add back some of the oxygen. I thought this would be interesting to share and it is nice to know you have a few choices.
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