What precautions should I take regarding drinking water?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
To avoid waterborne diseases:
  • Don't drink water or use ice made from lakes, rivers, springs, streams, or poorly monitored or maintained wells.
  • Avoid swallowing water in swimming pools, water parks, hot tubs, spas, and fountains.
  • To protect others, do not swim if you are sick or are experiencing diarrhea.
  • Pay attention to public health-department water advisories, and do not drink untreated tap water during community-wide outbreaks of disease.
  • If water safety is uncertain, heat water to a rolling boil for at least one minute, or use a NSF-rated filter that has an absolute pore size of one micron or smaller.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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