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Boiling Water Verses Pasteurization to Make Safe Drinking Water

For many years, we have been told to boil water that may be contaminated by bacteria.  Some groups have given different lengths of time that the water should be boiled. I have heard times of up to twenty minutes.  Now none of this is bad advice, but it is not the best.  Boiling water when it is unnecessary is a waste of fuel.

When you are boiing water you are raising the temperature to 212° F, but pasteurization only requires you to raise the temperature above 149° F.  This will make a significant difference in fuel usage.

Pasteurization is quite simple.…

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