March 30, 2014 at 2:11 am #5270
I have a fair amount of silver, and keep differing amounts in bags, but plan to use it to purify water, since water is incredibly important to us!! You can Google, Silver Purify Water, and go through the list of info. Or take a pure silver dollar, or 1/2 to 1/4 ounce of pure silver and drop it in a gallon jug of water overnight…it will be clean the next day. If you feel the need and/or have the ability, have stream or some water tested before and after silver treatment.
Here’s some info I copied from a site for some extra reading:
SILVER Nature’s Purifier.
The value of silver in medicine, and as a purifier has been
acknowledged for centuries. Egyptians implantes silver
plates into skulls, with surgery. In ancient Greece and
Rome, people used silver containers to keep liquids fresh.
When settlers moved across the American West, they would
purify a container of water by putting a silver dollar in
it overnight, and silver dollars were used to keep milk
Toward the end of the 19th Century, other medical uses for
silver were developed, including the use of silver and mer-
cury in the filling of cavities, and dropping a silver nit-
rate solution into the eyes of new-born babies to prevent
blindness due to infection.
Scores of independent tests by many methods in 6 countries
have shown that silver promptly kills bacteria in water and
maintains water purity over long periods of time. Russian scient-
ists, working on water recycling and purification problems
for the Soviet space program have decided on silver as the
best long-term sanitizing agent. Researching the problems
of water storage over periods of several months, as well
as purification for immediate use, they determined that
ionized silver provides the safest and longest lasting
method of transforming polluted waste into potable water.
After testing 23 methods of purifying water, NASA has chosen
silver as the purifying agent on the Space Shuttle Program.
Silver will be used in two functions that will provide
Shuttle crews with pure water for drinking, air condition-
ing, food preparation and other operations. Water wastes
will be recycled in Shuttle flights and silver’s first job
will be to treat hydrogen-saturated water coming from the
Shuttle fuel cells: this water will pass through a tubular
device of palladium and silver alloy. From the silver-
palladium tubes water will flow to a purifying unit where
silver will eliminate bacteria, including Pseudomonas A
and type IIIA bacteria, NASA scientists report. By establ-
ishing 100 parts of silver in a billion parts of water as
hygenic for drinking in the Shuttle, NASA eliminates the
need for 1,000 to 1,500 parts per billion of chlorine
generally used for purification.
The unit will provide Shuttle crews with 32 gallons of
pure water daily for all uses within the Shuttle, and
for backpacks when the Astronauts work outside the veh-
icle in Space. Compared to earlier prototypes, the new
unit weighs 90% less, needs only one third the space,
doubles the production of water and simplifies the proc-
ess: it eliminates the need for mixing, metering and test-
ing water while in flight and eliminates the risk of cor-
The most dramatic purification tests occured in 1976 in a
20,000 gallon swimming pool in Nebraska. There was no dis-
infectant of any kind in the water. Fifty gallons of mun-
icipal sewage plant effluent was put in the pool. That
produced a dangerous concentration of 7,000 E. Coli bac-
teria cells per 100 milliliters (half a cup) of water.
Contents of the pool were pumped through a tank con-
taining alternating anodic and cathodic silver electrodes
for disinfection. Within three hours the pool was entirely
free of E. Coli bacteria and the water contained only 3.2
parts of silver per billion parts of water.
The Allegeny County Health Department in Pennsylvania
conducted tests in a 152,000 gallon pool which previously
has been disinfected by a 50 pounds-per-day chlorinator.
The system was replaced by a silver system for the swim-
ming seasons of 1974 and 1975. Pool water circulated thr-
ough a filter of activated carbon impregnated with metal-
lic silver. The county Health Department took up to 50
daily samples and found that silver ions remained in
the pool at a low, steady rate of 20 parts per billion
with water free of coliform, pseudomonas and staphylococcus
bacteria through-out the two seasons. In contrast, 65
water samples from 30 other pools having a mean concen-
tration of 700 parts per billion of available chlorine
for disinfecting, showed a mean of 1.3 pseudomonas and
7.3 staph. cells per milliliter of water.
“This data”, the Health Department reported, “indicates that
silver is equal to chlorine in maintaining essentially
coliform free pool water, and is somewhat better than
chlorine in destroying pseudomonas and staph. aureus org-
anisms …..” It should be noted that there were no visible
growths of algae during the tests.March 30, 2014 at 2:33 am #5275
Copper is also a natural cleaner , they found that out early , even if they didnt know why at the time , water kept in copper will be safer to drink than stainless or other metals , a lot of organisms dont like copper , thats why the old sailing ships sometimes clad their hulls in copper sheet , below the water line , wood worms and barnacles didnt like it . A copper nail in a pesky root will kill it faster than **** .March 30, 2014 at 3:07 am #5299
This is true, Jersey…
Settlers heading west would invest in silver coins and flip one into their water barrel to keep the water from going bad. I’m planning on doing the same thing for us, but doubling down – filter the water, then add bleach, then flip in a silver eagle and then slam the lid on. Should keep it good to go for at least 5 years (but having a test kit doesn’t hurt either).
Tolik- I’m surprised that someone else knows why ships of the line had copper clad hulls. Nice to know I’m not the only useless knowledge junky on the site… by the way, when copper sheet got too expensive, they poured powdered copper into paint and then painted the hulls. Same effect = barnacles no likey, but it didn’t look nearly as boss as the copper clad hulls…
Be advised that while yes, copper was used for cookware for centuries, copper oxide (both Copper 1 and 2) is poisonous. Copper pots and pan used for cooking and eating should be highly polished and absolutely clean. However, a copper cistern for drinking water need not be cleaned to the same standard since I do not think Cu(I)O and Cu(II)O are water-soluble…
An example of a solid copper water cistern for drinking water…
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Great responses and yes copper is an amazing metal also. I’ve painted the bottom hulls of boats with copper flaked anti-fouling paint!! It was always the best and therefore most expensive!! Important info on the poisonous factor of copper Malgus!! And cool pic!March 30, 2014 at 4:25 am #5321
Thanks. The guy at Backwoods Tin is a very talented copper- and tin-smith. His prices are reasonable for the product he makes. Most of the cookware he produces in copper is also coated in tin internally, which was a common practice back in the late, great 18th century. Totally eliminated the copper oxide issue. Thing was, the tin wore away over time with the cooking and scrubbing, so the pots, etc, had to be retinned from time to time…
The guy also hand-makes oil lamps. If the quality of his oil lamps matches that of the other products he makes, they are superior to even the Feuerhand lanterns I posted about elsewhere…
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