Contaminated water is often the cause of many diseases and serious illnesses and can cause stomach and gastrointestinal illnesses like nausea, cramps diarrhea and also vomiting.
As many people in developed nations take clean water for granted, we need to consider that natural disasters are on the rise, Rivers overflowing, Lakes contaminated with algae and the Ocean on the rise with its water level due to climate change. We may want to re-think about our drinking water at home. Sanitation is not what it used to be, but often replaced with chemicals.
There are many Elements when it comes to talking about clean Water but today I would like to concentrate on clean drinking water.
Not many people are thinking about the water quality in there homes since that would be the job of the Water Treatment Facilities right? We just want to turn on the faucet and “off we go”. But I would like to share some clean drinking water facts with you that I found out thru my research.
Where do we get our drinking Water from? – Should I care?
Our drinking water comes from lakes, rivers and groundwater. In the USA most of the water will be directed to a treatment plant and stored in tanks or man made lakes before it gets directed to our homes thru pipes. So think about what is in our Lakes and Rivers or the Ocean for that matter. How old are the Facilities and the pipes that are sending the water to you?
Water treatment facilities often add phosphate to tap water to prevent pipe corrosion and reduce concentrations of heavy metals in drinking water. Tap water is chemically treated with chlorine, soluble silicates, phosphate polymers and many other chemicals including Fluoride.
Why is Safe Water Essential? – What does water do?
Water is a fundamental human need. Each person requires at least 20 to 50 liters of clean, safe water a day. Think about that!
Our human body is up to 65% water. We use it to drink, prepare food, wash our clothe and clean ourselves.
Water is not just a vital nutrient for every cell in our body but it also assists in flushing out waste from our body with urination, keeps our joints lubricated, our body temperature regulated thru sweat, and helps us to metabolize and transport the carbohydrates and proteins we take in thru food and has many more functions in our body.
How to get clean water at home? – Filtered or Bottled ?
Well this is an ongoing debate and with so many choices from filtered water, bottled water, tap water it really just comes down to 2 ways on getting your water.
- When filtering water in our households the most common method is carbon filtering. Here we have a physical barrier with a biological and chemical process that involves pushing the water thru that barrier (filter) that will act like a magnet trapping impurities in the carbon. By using this method you are able to remove certain types of impurities that may have an effect on taste, smell and quality.
- Besides the environmental impact of plastics in the world, the truth is, bottled water is often simply processed tap water. Even though the FDA sets standards for bottled water, you should really read the labels. See what a professor from the Fredonia University of New York found out when researching 11 different brands of bottled water.
DON’T drink bottled water!!!!
Water purification systems at home- is it the answer?
Here is my take on that.
When you have a filtration system at home, you are in charge of your water. You pick the system and filters that work for you. Some may need to get rid of fluoride, some chlorine, others need to find a system that will eliminate most all the chemicals in there water. It depends on where you live, how your treatment plants are treating the water but also on your personal needs. If you have sensitive skin but are living in an area where there is “hard” water you need a system that will help you with that. If you have medical issues or having babies or small children at home, you may need a different system than an elderly person.
Maybe you are always on the go and want to make sure you get the clean water you get at home, or you are a camper and would like to take advantage of clean water in the woods or at the camping ground. their is a system for you as well.
Everyone needs clean drinking water
In NY 8.3 million people have been exposed to unsafe drinking water.
Take charge of yours!