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[casi] Purifying water in Iraq

It sounds as if all the talk about shipping chlorine into Iraqi cities is
for the water purification plants. People could do it themselves,
however, for the water they are going to drink, with small quantites of

I looked it up: using %5 to %6 available chlorine, the water is filtered
through cloth, and 2 drops for clear water, or 4 drops for cloudy water
of the chemical -- ordinary household bleach, such as Chlorox or Purox
(which is %5.25 sodium hypochlorite solution) is added, and then let the
water sit for 1/2 hour. If the strength of the solution isn't certain, my
book (a Popular Mechanics formula book) says add 10 drops or 20 drops for
clear or cludy water. I think I remember a Chlorox bottle saying use 20
drops per quart.

This is not a lot of bleach -- roughly 1 cc (about 30 drops) per gallon.
Even if one argues that trucks can't get through for security reasons,
surely a helicopter can parachute some (with instructions in Arabic) in.
A few gallons can be brought in the trunk of a car which happens to be
going that way -- each gallon of bleach enough for 3780 gallons of
purified water.

"The most powerful army in the world" can't seem to handle this???

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