You might think that your regular home water is good enough for bathing, cooking, and drinking. Should we be more concerned with what is safe to consume and interact with than what we have been led to believe?
Today, water pollution is a serious issue around the world. We have to worry about chemical pollutions, groundwater pollution, microbiological pollution, nutrient pollution, oxygen depletion and surface water pollution. As the Environmental Working Group states “Legal does not equal Safe”. Most of our cities standards are operating off decade old requirements. Staying healthy and toxic-free can be challenging considering the circumstances.
Investing in water softeners & reverse osmosis systems can provide purified and safe drinking water. Depending on the level of water purification, you can help remove unwanted particulates from your water and remove viruses, bacteria, amoebas, and cysts to prevent any spread of diseases.
What is Purified Water?
Water that is processed or filtered to remove bacteria, impurities, particulates and contamination is known as purified water. By going through a water purification process, water is made safe to drink. There are a variety of methods to purify water such as micro-filtration, carbon filter, ionization, reverse osmosis, and electro-deionization.
Do you think the city is going to use the most technological advancements to clean and purify your water?
Sadly, most cities will do just enough to meet the requirements to clean and purify you water. They accomplish this by disinfecting you water with Chlorine and Ammonia. Sometimes some cities use both of these chemicals creating a compound know as Chloramine. Exposure to these chemicals can have lasting effects according to the New York Department of Health. They state “When chlorine enters the body as a result of breathing, swallowing, or skin contact, it reacts with water to produce acids. The acids are corrosive and damage cells in the body on contact”. Yikes, that does not sound exciting.
Chlorine largely and in part has been used in purifying water across the U.S. since the 1900s. It is cheap to purchase and effective against a variety of pathogens, but has its limitations. A simple carbon filters will do a great job at reducing chorine in your water source.
Dirty and Rusted Pipes
When water leaves a treatment facility, it can be filled with tons of sediment through rusty old pipes while traveling to your home. This sediment and particles cannot be seen by the naked eye; thus, wreaking havoc on your plumbing, appliances, and surfaces that come in contact with hard water.