Some people may wonder why they have to clean or purify water that already looks crystal clear. It sounds silly to have to clean water when water is used for cleaning. Despite how silly it may sound, cleaning water is an absolute must that can truly be the difference between life and death. When you think about our water supply, it is exposed to a lot more than we care to think about. It comes from rivers, lakes and streams. There are not “lids” or tight covers protecting the water from the environment.
Animals use the water for drinking, bathing and their own personal toilets as do humans camping or spending time in nature. You wouldn’t drink used bathwater or water from the toilet bowl, which is basically what water found in nature is.
Water that looks crystal clear and refreshing, is likely full of some pretty nasty bugs. Protozoa, bacteria, parasites and viruses are invisible to the naked eye. Those things are floating around in that water that looks so clean. Those things will make you extremely ill to the point death may very well be a possibility. Nearly all of the contaminants result in the same symptoms;
- Muscle aches
These symptoms quickly lead to dehydration, which can be life threatening when there is no clean water to drink.
Some of the harmful contaminants in water are as follows;
- Viruses i.e. E coli, salmonella
- Chemical run-off, fertilizers
These things and many more can make their way into the water whether an animal actually pooped in the water or not. When it rains, the water will flow down hill and into the main water supply. This leads to all kinds of harmful contaminants making their way into water that may have been clean at one point.
Never risk your life by drinking water that has not been purified and/or filtered. You cannot see what is in the water and it could very well cost you your life.