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im confused does boiling water remove the same things as

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i'm confused: does boiling water remove the same things as the better faucet water filters? when i went to a website that rated various filter as to whether they eliminated chlorine, alaclor,atrazine, benezine,tce, mtbe, lead, thms and lindane. does boiling remove the same things--if not, what not-- or just microbes, bacteria, etc.? . jack
Submitted: 6 years ago.
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Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
Hi Jack, and thanks for your very insightful question.

Boiling has been used to disinfect water from microorganisms for many centuries. When water is boiled in the correct manner, it can kill most bacteria, but not all. Bacteria and protozan organisms are killed when the water first begins to boil, and it takes about three more minutes to kill the rest. However, there are many drawbacks to this method, and after boiling, the water can still contain particles, requiring additional filtration. Boiling water doesn't eliminate chemical pollutants, including chlorine, it will not reduce the poor taste of foul odors, and actually can leave a stale taste. Boiling water may be the only method to purify water under specific circumstances, like when camping, but in homes, there are more effective and efficient methods available, to remove more pollutants.

You should find the information at the site below, re: water quality and purification methods, helpful:

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