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Thread: Test local river water and creating drinking water from it

  1. #1 Test local river water and creating drinking water from it 
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    This might be a common question. And I am very new to this subject. And please correct me if I am wrong on any of this. All answers are welcome.

    I am in the process of educating my children about water quality.

    There are many factors that can affect water quality: geographical location of the river, the farming near by, and any other biological or environmental factors that effect the water quality.

    What I would like to do as an educational project is create safe water from ANY water source. And to do this I have some ideas, but not sure if there is a simpler way/method.

    My first thought was to distill the water, but I realized this process does not ensure safety for drinking as some chemical elements would not be removed from this process.

    My other idea was to test the water first and thoroughly, and based on that treat the water as necessary to bring to a drinking standard.

    So I guess my first questions are:

    1) Is there an all inclusive method (without needing to purchase equipment) that I can do from home easily, without an abundance of equipment that will show me which elements are found in the water that need to be removed.

    I am open to any suggestions or ideas on how to effectively achieve my goal.

    Ideally, I would like to be able to test and create the water from household our normal outdoor items - not dependent on any scientific equipment.

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    Couldn't you just distil the water? Never tried it but it seems quite simple.

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