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BIG WARNING! Check whether your water looks cloudy while drinking it

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[Updated:18 August 2017 12:06]
BIG WARNING! Check whether your water looks cloudy while drinking it

Worried about gastrointestinal illnesses? Check whether your water looks cloudy

New study has warned that cloudy drinking water is linked to increased cases of gastrointestinal illness.

What is Cloudy water?

   Cloudiness in water is caused by material floating in it. The undissolved particles can  actually provide some protection for harmful pathogens against disinfectants.
 
Researcher Anneclaire De Roos from Drexel University in Philadelphia on Cloudy water

     US found associations between acute gastrointestinal illness (AGI) and water turbidity, a term meaning cloudiness or opacity.

What is Turbidity?

    Turbidity is the cloudiness or haziness of a fluid caused by large numbers of individual particles that are generally invisible to the naked eye, similar to smoke in air.
 
    The results revealed that exposures through drinking water caused a low but detectable number of AGI cases in the regions.

How Cloudy water linked to  gastrointestinal illness?

    Acute gastrointestinal illness could be caused by waterborne pathogens like norovirus, Giardia, or Cryptosporidium and carry symptoms like diarrhoea and vomiting. 


 Symptoms of gastrointestinal illness?

Diarrhoea and Vomiting. 

Reseracher found
 

   They found that turbidity of drinking water was linked to increased AGI in multiple studies, and not just when there was increased cloudiness. “As expected, the association between turbidity and AGI was found in cities with relatively high turbidity levels, often in unfiltered drinking water supplies,” De Roos noted.