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Chlorine can effectively disinfect contaminated water. Household bleaches contain chlorine and can be used in an emergency to prepare water for drinking. Some bleaches will have instructions for water purification on the label. After adding an appropriate amount of chlorine bleach to water, cover the water and let it rest for up to several hours. You can also purchase chlorine tablets at outdoor supplies stores for easy water disinfecting. Because connections have been made between asthma and chlorine, people with asthma should consider keeping alternate water cleaning supplies such as water filters with their camping gear and emergency kits.