WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR WATER SOURCES?
According to recent data; most tap water and well water sources in the United States are no longer safe for consumption. Our ever increasing industrial and environmental pollution are credited as being the chief contributors to our nation’s water pollution. America has reached a point that all of our natural drinking water sources have become contaminated in some manner or another. This includes municipal water systems, lakes, rivers, wells and even glacier run-off. Contaminants range from man-made chemicals and by-products to naturally occurring minerals. While many of these contaminants are found at non-toxic levels (meaning they don’t cause immediate discomfort or illness); it is proven that exposure to many common contaminants will, over time, cause severe illness including liver damage, cancer and other serious ailments. Even the chemicals we use to treat our municipal water supply such as chlorine and fluoride are toxic and known to have significant adverse effects on the human body.
POOR WATER QUALITY: A GLOBAL CONCERN
Water contamination is the leading cause of death and disease worldwide. It affects over 1 billion people daily; particularly those people in developing countries. The United States is not exempt from the discomforts of water pollution although primarily caused by natural disasters and human activity. Recent studies of our nations water quality revealed that 47% of our lake acres, 45% of assessed stream miles, and 32% of assessed bays square miles were classified as polluted and unfit for drinking. Due to industrial dumping , hydraulic fracking and agricultural byproducts; a significant portion of ground water and well water sources may also be contaminated. Our contaminated water problems aren’t limited to the drinking water alone. Our food supply is also adversely effected. Plants and animals living in contaminated ecosystems in turn become contaminated and often contain heavy metals, chemicals, microbes and pharmaceutical drugs. Anyone that uses tap water will be exposed to these substances every day.
CAN WE TRUST BOTTLED WATER?
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that your water is safe for drinking simply because it is packaged and sold in a fancy bottle. BOTTLED WATER SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES IS NOT ALWAYS FILTERED and is not necessarily cleaner or safer to drink than tap water. This was a sobering revelation of a 4 year study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The NRDC study included testing more than 1000 bottles of 103 brands bottled water. Although most of the tested bottled water were found to be of high quality, some brands showed significant contamination. Approximately 1/3 of the bottles tested contained contaminants including synthetic and organic chemicals, bacteria and arsenic. At least one sample exceeded allowable limits under both state and bottled water industry standards & guidelines. FACT: approximately 1/4 of all bottled water is actually bottled tap water.
WATER FILTRATION – What is the best solution?
Having a good water filter is possibly the only solution to our water problem today. Most filters can be installed and maintained without outside assistance. The best option for water filtration is a multi-stage filter system. Each stage removes certain types of contaminants and when combined should provide complete protection from just about every type of contaminant. The best and most cost effective system set-up is essentially one containing 3 stages; reverse osmosis filter combined with activated carbon filters and an ultraviolet light. A system like this will easily pay for itself in 6 months and can last 10-15 years with regular filter changes. With one simple installation you can protect the environment, provide your family with a healthier drinking water and save money on questionable bottled water purchases.