You love water, but does your water love you back? Water makes up nearly 60% of our bodies. It is recommended that people drink about 3 liters of filtered water per day. We expect this crystal, clear goodness that we rely so heavily on, to be as healthy as it is pure. When it comes to your tap water however, this may not always be the case.
What are some common contaminants found in tap water?
The worst part about impurities and contaminants found in your water, is that you often cannot taste, smell, or see them. This increases your risk of contracting water-borne diseases and other illnesses. The most common impurities found in water are microbial and organic contaminants. These may include aluminum, ammonia, copper, mercury, and silver among many others.
Chlorine and fluoride are the two most common toxic chemicals found in tap water. These are added to tap water to kill any bacteria or pathogens but are still toxic and end up doing more harm than good. In fact, these poisonous chemicals have been linked to cancer and can affect the mental development of children.
No one wants to know that they are actually drinking metals such as, Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Iron. These metals come from the old pipes and waterways that your tap water travels through. Over time, toxic amounts of lead can be leached into our water source.
This may come as the hardest pill to swallow. That’s right, those everyday chemicals that are out in the world such as pesticides, fertilizers, prescribed drugs, manures, fuel, oil, and chemical solvents may also be in your water. You can only imagine the harmful effects these can have on the body.
Side Effects of Water-Borne Impurities
You can never have too much water, but you can have too much of these contaminants in your water that could have devastating effects on the body. There’s no doubt that none of the contaminants described above sound very appealing, but depending on how much you’ve unknowingly ingested, the side effects could be threatening. Acute side effects on the body from small amounts of these impurities may include: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and other flu-like symptoms. Chronic effects from long-term exposure/ drinking tap water with contaminants may include: cancer, liver or kidney problems, or reproductive issues.
What’s in Your Water
Do you want to know what’s in your water? There are many resources at our disposal which can help you determine how safe your drinking water is. One of the many resources available to you for free is found at https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/. The Environmental Working Group has been testing water utilities since 2010. With over 30 million state water records on file, there’s a good chance your zip code will be found.
How to Remove Impurities from your Water
Now that you know these chemicals exist in your tap water, the question is: how do you get rid of them? First and foremost, if you are serious about drinking the safest and cleanest water, you must invest in technology called Reverse Osmosis. Water purifying (reverse osmosis) systems are relatively inexpensive. One option we love is the bottle-less water cooler. These bottle-less water coolers are an excellent alternative to bottled water. Office bottle-less water coolers are easily connected to your municipal or well water in the same way coffee makers and ice-makers are. The bottom line is: don’t let the water that keeps us alive, become the very risk of major health concerns in your life.
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