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Hi,

This information seems interesting. Source (www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/cda-pubs-cdi-1998-cdi2209-)

"The recent incidents of contamination of the Sydney water supply with Cryptosporidium and Giardia have generated considerable interest in the issue of how long water should be boiled to make it safe to drink. CDI inadvertently muddied the waters (so to speak) in last month's edition when our 'Advice for travellers' recommended that water be boiled for at least 10 minutes. This information was sourced from the fourth edition of the Commonwealth Department of Human Services and Health's publication Health information for international travel. This reiterates the unreferenced recommendation of earlier editions of the same publication. Our attention has since been drawn to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for boiling water, which were made in September 1994 on the basis of a contemporary literature review. These recommendations have been followed by the New South Wales health authorities in responding to the contamination incidents.

CDC recommends making water microbiologically safe to drink by bringing it to a rolling boil for one (1) minute. This will inactivate all major waterborne bacterial pathogens (for example, Vibrio cholerae, enterotoxigenic Esherischia coli, Salmonella, Shigella sonnei, Campylobacter jejuni, Yersinia enterocolitica and Legionella pneumophila) and waterborne protozoa (for example, Cryptosporidium parvum, Giardia lamblia, and Entamoeba histolytica). It will also be effective for waterborne viral pathogens such as hepatitis A virus, which is considered one of the more heat-resistant viruses. An increase in boiling time to three (3) minutes is recommended if viral pathogens are suspected in drinking water in communities at elevations above 2 km."

MV

dont think there can be a global standard for something like this. its reminiscent of modernisms ordering urge