Drinking-Water and Copper


They say: you learn something new every day.

However, not everything you learn is as useful as this.

Microbially-unsafe water is still a major concern in most developing countries.

Although many water-purification methods exist, these are expensive and beyond the reach of many people, especially in rural areas.

Ayurveda recommends the use of copper for storing drinking-water.

Therefore, the objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of copper pot on microbially-contaminated drinking-water.

The antibacterial effect of copper pot against important diarrhoeagenic bacteria, including Vibrio cholerae O1, Shigella flexneri 2a, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, enteropathogenic E. coli, Salmonella enterica Typhi, and Salmonella Paratyphi is reported.

When drinking-water (pH 7.83±0.4; source: ground) was contaminated with 500 CFU/mL of the above bacteria and stored in copper pots for 16 hours at room temperature, no bacteria could be recovered on the culture medium.

Recovery failed even after resuscitation in enrichment broth, followed by plating on selective media, indicating loss of culturability.

This is the first report on the effect of copper on S. flexneri 2a, enteropathogenic E. coli, and Salmonella Paratyphi.

After 16 hours, there was a slight increase in the pH of water from 7.83 to 7.93 in the copper pots while the other physicochemical parameters remained unchanged.

Copper content (177±16 ppb) in water stored in copper pots was well within the permissible limits of the World Health Organization.

Storing Drinking-water in Copper pots Kills Contaminating Diarrhoeagenic Bacteria
V.B. Preethi Sudha, Sheeba Ganesan, G.P. Pazhani, T. Ramamurthy, G.B. Nair, and Padma Venkatasubramanian
J Health Popul Nutr. 2012 Mar; 30(1): 17–21


When water is stored in a copper vessel, the copper gently leaches into the water and lends it all its positive properties.

The best part about this water is that it never becomes stale and can be stored this way for long periods of time.

Here are 12 reasons why drinking water from a copper vessel is beneficial for you.

#1 Helps the digestive system perform better
#2 Aids in weight loss
#3 Helps heal wounds faster
#4 Slows down ageing
#5 Helps maintain cardiovascular health and beats hypertension
#6 Can fight cancer
#7 Can kill bacteria
#8 Stimulates your brain
#9 Regulates the working of the thyroid gland
#10 Beats arthritis and inflamed joints
#11 Skin health and melanin production
#12 Beats anaemia

12 reasons drinking water in copper vessel is beneficial
TheHealthSite – Pavitra Sampath – 25 Aug 2015


This element has been known for centuries as an effective bacteria and virus killer.

Silver sulphadiazine is the standard antibacterial treatment for burns and open wounds, and silver nitrate is used to protect the eyes of newborns.

Some activated carbon filters for drinking water purification are impregnated with silver to prevent bacterial buildup.

Silver is also used in drinking water treatment by airlines and passenger ships.

Copper is also now recognized as one of the best algae killers, and oxides and sulfates of copper are used in pesticides, algaecides and fungicides.

Silver, copper have antibacterial effects
Water Technology – John Stewart – 13 Oct 2010


Hat tip to Thulean Perspective.


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2 Responses to Drinking-Water and Copper

  1. rishrac says:

    That is actually good to know. I know the water purifier that I use removes microbes cysts with silver. In India silver is hammered very thin to make the coating for pills. I always wondered if it was the ingredients in the pill or the silver that was ingested.

  2. malagabay says:

    The following Reuters article includes a map of locales with elevated lead levels in 21 US States.

    A Reuters examination of lead testing results across the country found almost 3,000 areas with poisoning rates far higher than in the tainted Michigan city.
    Yet many of these lead hotspots are receiving little attention or funding.

    Off the Charts
    The Thousands of U.S. Locales Where Lead Poisoning is Worse Than in Flint
    Reuters Investigates – M.B. Pell and Joshua Schneyer – 19 Dec 2016


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