Q:
Do I need to boil my drinking water?

A:
Our forefathers boiled their drinking water because, in those days, the main sources of water were from wells, streams and rivers. Hence, at that time, boiling was essential to eliminate bacteria.

In modern times, chlorine is added into water by the water authorities to eliminate bacteria. Water from the tap being already largely free from bacteria, there is little need to boil drinking water.

Boiling "destroys" oxygen and minerals in the water. Further, you should know that there are certain issues associated with boiling chlorinated water. Please see the article Hidden Dangers of Chlorinated Water.

A safer alternative, and our only viable course of action, is to filter our drinking/cooking water at the point-of-use.