Is pasteurization a safe method to purify water?
According to an article written by Dale Andreatta, which was published in the April/May 1996 issue of “Home Power” #52, “…contrary to what people believe, it is not necessary to boil water to make it safe. It is also not necessary to distill water unless the water is chemically contaminated or brackish. Heating water to 149° F (65°C) for 6 minutes, or to a higher temperature for a shorter time, will kill germs, viruses, and parasites. This process is called pasteurization.