Lime Can Help Improve Quality Of Drinking Water

April 25, 2012 9:51 PM EDT
lime and water
lime and water (Photo: Flickr)

An easy and effective way to improve the quality of drinking water has been found. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that adding lime juice to water that is treated with a solar disinfection method removed harmful bacteria faster than solar disinfection alone.

“The preliminary results of this study show solar disinfection of water combined with citrus could be effective at greatly reducing E. coli levels in just 30 minutes, a treatment time on par with boiling and other household water treatment methods," said Kellogg Schwab, senior author of the study.

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The research team also said that additional research should be done to evaluate other acidic fruits, as Persian limes may be difficult to obtain in certain regions.


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