We all need water for various reasons. Cooking, drinking, washing, bathing, gardening and more. It is crucial that the water we and our family are consuming is clean and free of chemicals. The problem is however, that the tap water we consume on a daily basis cannot always be trusted and here are the reasons why:
Why tap water cannot be trusted
- The simple fact is that tap water is treated with a range of chemicals and is exposed to heavy metals. Municipal water that is unfiltered can lead to an increased consumption of aluminium, a metal that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, hyperactivity, learning disabilities in children, skin problems, liver disease and more.
- Tap water can contain dangerous levels of arsenic, a powerful carcinogenic. DBPs (Disinfection By-products) are harmful elements that result from disinfecting water with chlorine, a powerful carcinogenic. Studies have also shown that cancer risk is 93% higher among those who were exposed to chlorinated drinking water.
- Water fluoridation is the controlled addition of fluoride to a public water supply to reduce tooth decay. Some argue that neither the benefits nor the risks of adding fluoride to municipal water have been studied adequately, and debate the conflict between what might be considered mass medication and individual liberties. While fluoride is commonly associated with improving oral health, it should be used in extremely small doses. This is why it’s important that children use age appropriate toothpastes. Fluoride can actually cause a wide range of health problems such as a weakened immune system and cellular damage that accelerates aging.
Reasons to filter your water
- Save money on bottled water. How often do you purchase bottled water? Although a single bottle of water is fairly cheap, the fact is that you are massively overspending compared to the price per litre you receive from a water filter. This financial benefit of filtered water not only saves you money but gives you the same revitalising taste you expect from bottled water, straight from your tap.
- Drinking clean water is essential to your health. With the use of a good drinking water filtration system, water is purified by removing bacteria, pesticide, and other unnecessary elements and toxins that your municipalities may not be eliminating, without sacrificing quality.
- Filtered water is better for the environment than plastic water bottles. (more on this later)
But is bottled water really that bad?
- You may be surprised to learn that 25% of bottled water is actually tap water, at 10,000 times the cost. You see, there are two distinct kinds of bottled water - Bottled water that is repurposed municipal water and bottled water that comes from a natural spring.
- There is simply no assurance that bottled water is cleaner or safer than tap water. In addition to this commonly unknown fact, the plastic bottles themselves are created with a chemical called bisphenol A or BPA, a synthetic hormone disruptor that has been linked to many health problems.
- Consumers should be aware that the chemicals used in plastics can indeed leach into bottled water over time. There are some bottled water companies increasingly using BPA-free plastic, but laced into plastic bottles are other chemicals that can seep out if bottles are exposed to heat or sit around for a long time.
- Some of these chemicals are possible endocrine disruptors. No one knows for sure what the health outcomes are. Do you really want your body to undergo that experiment? Also, bottle water mark-up is excessive and extreme.
Bottled water is the fastest growing segment of the entire beverage industry and it also happens to be one of the biggest polluting ones.
By filtering your own water at home, office or restaurant you will be doing a great deal of benefit to the environment. Take into consideration that:
- 1 litre of bottled water takes up to 5 litres of water to produce. With Cape Towns water shortage being so dismal, this really is the time to completely cut out bottled water to ensure that we save every drop.
- Recycled plastic water bottles require the use of petroleum in addition to the cost of transport for the recycling process. Only 5-10% of the plastic we produce is recycled.
- A massive influx of plastic that takes approximately 400-1000 years to degrade.
- Sadly, many plastics and bottles end up being dumped into our oceans.
So, there you go, all the reasons why drinking filtered water does more for your health, wallet and overall environment than you knew. Now go get yourself a water filter machine for your home, office or restaurant and thank us later.