How to disinfect raw water by boiling

How to disinfect raw water by boiling

It may be necessary to treat a raw water supply that is used for drinking and cooking.

  • Bring water to a rolling boil. Most electric kettles will do this.
  • Allow the water to cool.
  • Boiled water can then be stored in your fridge.

Who should boil water?

The risk of illnes is higher for people with lower immune response, such as very young children, older people, and people with a chronic illness. These people should always boil tank water used for drinking, cooking and washing food.


When should I use boiled water?

Cooled boiled water should be used for:

  • drinking
  • washing raw foods (such as seafood or salads)
  • making ice
  • pet’s drinking water
  • cleaning teeth.

Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher.