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According to the World Health Organization, water-borne diseases account for 1.8 million deaths annually. 88% of this is attributed to unsafe water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Realizing the need to raise urgent awareness nationally about the prevention of water borne diseases with a focus on safe water consumption, the Medical Association and Kent RO group today announced a partnership.Some key facts released on the occasion included:
- 70% of the public has no access to safe drinking water.
- Infections transmissible by contaminated water include diarrhea, typhoid, hepatitis A and E.
- Drinking contaminated water can lead to the transmission of parasitic infections.
- One should avoid consuming tap water, ice made from tap water, and raw food rinsed with tap water to avoid diseases.
- Chlorination kills most bacterial and viral pathogens, but protozoal cysts of Giardia, lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica and oocysts of Cryptosporidium may survive.
- Boiling water is feasible if other purification methods are not available.
- What does boiling water means: Heating it at 70°C for 30 minutes, 85°C for 5 minutes, 100°C for 1 minute, and 110°C for 1 minute
- The addition of iodine or chlorine to water can impart an unpleasant taste.
- Filtered water, RO or UV treated water is safer for human consumption.
- Kent RO’s technology using RO + UV treatment eliminates bacteria, dissolved impurities, cysts, pesticides, spores, and viruses. It’s a double purification process, which is more effective in purifying water, and makes water purer than boiling.