We drink and use water daily but seldom do we stop to think about how clean the water actually is. The water we consume might look crystal clear but there are millions of living organisms within the water, so small in size they look invisible to the naked eye. Some of these bacteria are harmless and even beneficial for certain bodily functions, but there are other pathogens that could lead to severe illnesses.
Research has shown that water pathogens can lead to critical diseases that could potentially end fatally in extreme cases. Even in today’s day, developed countries are affected by harmful water contaminants and waterborne diseases. Prevention of illnesses is always the best protocol, and it is good practice to take the matter into your own hands by treating water to rid it of harmful bacteria.
This article will dive into exactly what types of bacteria can be found in water, how to test for them, and how to eradicate them.
What are the different bacteria that can be found in water?
Bacteria in untreated water is inevitable, but as mentioned, certain bacteria are beneficial, and even necessary for the body. That being said, there are many other types of bacteria found in water that can be extremely harmful.
Here are five harmful bacteria you should be cautious of when drinking your water:
Escherichia Coli, also widely known as E. Coli, is a diverse group of bacteria that can be found in the intestines of healthy people and animals. But certain strands of E. Coli can be harmful and cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. These symptoms appear between one to eight days after consumption.
Campylobacter Jejuni is most often associated with raw or undercooked poultry but can be found in untreated water too. If the campulobacter gets into your system it can lead to symptoms such as cramping, fever, diarrhea, and pain. The symptoms appear between two to ten days after drinking, but in the majority of cases, infected individuals recover on their own without the need for antibiotics.
Salmonella is a widely known and common pathogen that is contracted via water or food. Infection with this bacteria is quite common and presents in fever, diarrhea, and headache. These symptoms can last anywhere between one to three days. Infected individuals don’t require antibiotics, since in most cases they recover on their own.
Cryptosporidium, also widely known as Crypto, is a microscopic parasite. The parasite has a protective outer shell that makes it tolerant to even chloride disinfection.
If Cryptosporidium gets into one’s body symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, nausea, and vomiting. In a healthy body, these symptoms can last about 1 to 2 weeks. Though, with those who suffer from chronic illnesses, the disease can be quite severe.
There are many harmful bacterias in the water that can go from being slightly harmful to leading to severe illnesses, so how do we know what bacteria is in our water?
How to Test Bacteria in Water?
Contaminants in the water are quite difficult to catch with the bare eye, but sometimes certain signs can give a hint that there is something harmful in the water:
- Unusual taste
- Bad odor; the smell of sulfur or rotten eggs
- Strange coloring or tint to the water
These signs are usually more readily detectable when left at room temperature for half an hour.
For more concrete results, there are inexpensive bacteria testing kits that you can purchase online. Once you have the kit, you can follow the instructions to find out what bacteria is present. This method can be quick and easy but DIY bacteria testing kits are not always the most reliable.
Another, DIY method to finding bacteria in the water is through growing bacteria on an agar plate. Agar is a specific jelly that has the nutrients needed for bacteria to grow. Samples of water can be taken and swabbed onto the agar plate, on which, bacteria will grow into large colonies in two to three days.
Although you can use these methods to find out what contaminants are in the water, it is still best to take a water sample to the lab, where the professionals will be able to determine the exact types of pathogens present in your water.
Now let’s see just how to treat the water to rid it of all the harmful bacteria.
Treatment Methods for Bacteria in Water
Water can be treated in many ways, these methods can be simple and cheap, or innovative and advanced. It depends on what is most suitable for you and your home.
One of the simplest methods to treat bacteria is to boil water. All you have to do is bring the water to the boiling point, keep it boiling for a few minutes to eliminate all the bacteria and that is it.
While boiling is effective and cheap, it can be difficult and time-consuming when dealing with large quantities of water and is not efficient for long-term use.
Reverse Osmosis water filter is one of the best water filtration systems as it eliminates up to 99% of water pathogens. RO works through pressure; as untreated water passes the semipermeable membrane, the bacteria and contaminants are removed from the water.
RO filter is loved by many because of its ease of use and reliability but it is really expensive. What’s more, the filter is not able to distinguish between the essential and harmful bacteria, simply eliminating everything that is within the water.
Another effective water treatment solution is the vortex treatment – a unique water treatment system that takes water’s natural properties into account to not only eliminate the contaminants but reestablish water’s lost beneficial properties.
The treatment method achieves this by mimicking the natural flow-form of the water found in nature. The natural movement enables water to restore its micro-clustered molecular arrangement. This not only restores water’s self-cleaning properties, which eradicate bacteria but also balances the pH levels of the water.
The Vortex Water Revitalizer™ – Proven to Eliminate Bacteria in Water
The Vortex Water Revitalizer™ is an innovative vortex treatment system that is proven to eliminate all contaminants and bacteria in water. Through the movement created by the system, structured molecules allow water to retain its self-cleaning properties. This not only eliminates bacteria while filtered but once treated water continues to be self-cleaning. This provides you with the most optimally clean water, with all bacteria, contaminants, and pathogens eliminated.
Other Health Benefits:
The Vortex Water Revitalizer™ has added benefits and provides you with more than just clean water without harmful bacteria.
- The Vortex Water Revitalizer™ rebalances the pH levels of water, letting it fall between the optimal levels of 6.8-7.2. Balanced pH levels help by improving metabolism, hydration, and even stopping corrosion and staining of pipes and appliances.
- The water becomes easier for the body to absorb, this means that water can penetrate deeper and increase hydration levels. This leaves your body healthier and your skin and hair softer.
- Improves cellular activity and bodily functions by allowing your body and cells to absorb nutrients more efficiently. The structured water also helps excrete toxins out of the body, letting cells be healthier and more proactive.
- With healthier body cellular activity, your body can retain more of its energy and stay energized for longer throughout the day.
- The Vortex Water Revitalizer™ does not remove the essential minerals needed for a healthy gut and body. Water’s restored structure is able to distinguish between the harmful and the essential.
There are many types of bacteria found in water, both useful and harmful. It is vital to take matters into your hand and find the right water treatment solution for your home to avoid any illnesses or diseases. Choosing The Vortex Water Revitalizer™ for your home will allow you to not only eliminate harmful bacteria but reap added benefits of this evolutionary water treatment solution.