Drinking Water Quality
According to research articles and news, most tap and well water in North America now are not safe for drinking due to heavy industrial and environmental pollution. We have reached to a point that, all sources of our drinking water, including municipal water systems, wells, lakes, rivers, and even glaciers, contain some level of contamination.
Contaminants range from naturally-occurring minerals to man-made chemicals and by-products. While many contaminants are found at levels not enough not to cause immediate discomforts or sicknesses, it is proven that even low-level exposure to many common contaminants will, over time, cause severe illness including liver damage, cancer, and other serious ailments.
Even the chemicals commonly used to treat municipal water supplies such as chlorine and fluoride are toxic and are known to have significant adverse effects on the human body.
CAN WE DEPEND ON BOTTLED WATER?
The fact is that bottled water sold in the U.S. is not always filtered and not necessarily cleaner or safer than most tap water, according to a four-year scientific study recently made public by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The NRDC’s study included testing of more than 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of bottled water. While most of the tested waters were found to be of high quality, some brands were significantly contaminated.
About one-third of the waters tested contained levels of contamination including synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic (at least one sample exceeded allowable limits under either state or bottled water industry standards or guidelines).
In fact, about a quarter of all bottled water is actually bottled tap water, according to government and industry estimates (some estimates go as high as 40 percent).
A good water filter is the best and maybe the only solution. You can install and maintain the filters yourself and can ensure and feel safe about the water which you and your family drink. Just make sure the filter you choose removes the most spectrum of contaminants. Usually a professional filtration system worth investing in is a 4 to 5 stage water purifier system. Each stage will remove certain types of contaminants, and all stages combined should protect you from just about every contaminant.
SOME FAST FACTS:
- There are 35,000 pesticides containing 600 chemical compounds.
Yet municipal water systems are only required to test for six.
Many of these chemicals are known to cause birth defects, nerve damage, sterility and cancer.
- More than 700 organic chemicals have been identified in drinking water, and some of them are suspected cancer causing agents.
- The General Accounting Office reports that 20% of the nation’s 65,000 community systems are unable to meet minimum standards set by the Safe Drinking Water Act.
- A recent government study found that more than 25% of all large U.S. public water systems contain traces of one or more toxic substances. … Public water systems do not test for the carcinogens and other dangerous chemicals that are being found.
- Tap water may contain harmful contaminants. Hundreds of chemicals have been found in drinking water across the U.S.
- Chlorinated drinking water found to increase cancer risk. Chlorine has been cited by a Harvard Medical School study to increase the risk of bowel and bladder cancer 9% and 15% respectively.
- Lead alerts have been issued on tap water by the EPA. In 819 water systems, lead levels were above the EPA “Action Level” of 15 parts per billion.
- Waterborne illnesses are on the rise. Between 1986 and 1988 the Center for Disease Control recorded 26,000 cases of bacteria-related illness from contaminated drinking water.