A How-To Guide to Purifying Water with Moringa Seeds at Home
Last week we discussed how Moringa seeds can be used to purify water in countries with limited access to fresh drinking water. But you may still be wondering how this process works. Whether your well-water has been contaminated by flooding, you want a science experiment for your children, or hiking and camping often leave you in places with dubious water quality, this simple guide will show you how to purify water at home.
- A container for your contaminated water
- A container for your clean water
- About a cup of already clean water
- Something to stir with
- A cloth for filtering
- 1 Moringa seed per liter of contaminated water
The first thing to do is acquire dried Moringa seeds. Depending on who you ask, these seeds should either have dried on the tree, or be dried in the sun for 3 days. Either way, it is important to remove the husk (the white and brown covering on the seeds) completely from the kernel inside: what you are left with should look like a small white pebble. If the seed has gone bad and discolored, don’t use it!
Crush the seed(s) into a fine powder and add it to a small amount of clean water to make a paste. Add the paste to approximately one cup of clean water and shake for one minute.
At this point, you can either filter your mixture through a cloth, or pour it directly into your contaminated water.
Stir the contaminated water rapidly for between 30 and 60 seconds, and then very slowly (15-20 revolutions per minute) for 5-10 minutes.
Let this contaminated water sit undisturbed for 1-2 hours. Be careful not to bump into it or rock the surface it is sitting on. The contaminates should settle to the bottom, leaving clean water at the top.
Siphon this portion of the water through a cloth. Depending on the type of contamination, this clean water should then be boiled before drinking. This is because while Moringa does have antimicrobial properties that kill most contagions, it cannot kill e-Coli and a few other deadly microbes.
Congratulations, you have clean drinking water thanks to Moringa!
HERE is where you can watch a demonstration of this process. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5Pmg7yw1jQ]
Who Are We?
Dead Sea Moringa is a partnership between the evangelical community and the nation of Israel. The primary goal of Dead Sea Moringa is to produce employment, income, and revenue for humanitarian aid projects throughout Israel. Dead Sea Moringa has also recently partnered with an organization in Togo, Africa to oversee the cultivation and harvesting of Moringa, as well as its distribution to malnourished children in that region.