treating drinking water at home

Boiling water for at least 10 minutes, disinfecting water with chlorine or making use of water filters are the most common ways of treating drinking water at home. During the years of working in Ecuador, we have learned that in most cases the use of low-cost water filters is the most simple and cost-effective option for home water treatment. The use of Chlorine is commonly promoted in emergency situations, however calculating the right and safe dosification requires water sampling and expertise. To save time and fuel people got used to boiling water for less than a minute, which allows parasite eggs to survive. We have not found a way to effectively change this habit.