Drink Reliable Water During Cancer Treatment

During and immediately after treatment for cancer, your body may not be able to protect itself against infections. Water may contain tiny germs, even when it appears to be clean. You should be careful with the provenance of the water. This includes water for taking, cooking and brushing your teeth. Ask your health care provider about the special care you should have.

Running water

The running water is the one that comes out of the tap. It must be safe when it comes from:

  • A city water supply.
  • A city well that supplies Water Filtration to many people.

If you live in a small town or village, check with your local water authority. Ask if they analyze water daily for microbes that can cause an infection, some of these microbes are called coliforms.

Well water

Boil water from a private well or small community well before drinking or using it to cook or brush your teeth.

The fact of passing well water through a filter or adding chlorine does not make it suitable for consumption. Analyze well water once a year for coliform microbes that can cause infection. Analyze the water more often if you find these microbes in it or if there is any doubt about the reliability of the water.

To boil and store water:

  • Heat the water until it begins to boil.
  • Let it boil for at least 1 minute.
  • After boiling, store in refrigerator in a clean, covered container.
  • Consume all this water in 3 days (72 hours). If you do not use it at this time, pour it by drainage or use it to water the plants or the garden.

Bottled water

The label of any bottled water you take should tell how it was purified. Search for these words:

  • Filtration by reverse osmosis
  • Distillation or distillation

Water filters

Running or tap water must be reliable if it comes from a city water supply or a city well that provides water to many people. It is not necessary to filter it.

You should boil water from a private well or a small local well, even if you have a filter.

Many pool filters, refrigerator filters, filter jugs and filters that you can carry for camping trips do not eliminate microbes.

If you have a home system to filter water (such as a filter under the sink), replace the filter with the frequency recommended by the manufacturer.

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