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What's in Your Drinking Water?

Updated on January 16, 2015

How pure is the water you drink everyday?

Could the water you drink daily be filled with contaminants that are harmful to your health or even deadly?

The glass of water you draw from the tap looks clean, clear, and pure. However, looks can be deceiving. In fact, the water that appears healthy may contain unhealthy chemicals, carcinogens, and numerous other invisible contaminants.

But it is good to know that there is a relatively inexpensive solution which can minimize the risk related to tap water.

Chlorine, Copper, Mercury, Cadmium ...

Body Damaging Contaminants in Excessive Amounts

The normal, eight--8 oz glasses of water is the recommended daily requirement and is equivalent to 64 oz or one-half gallon of water daily. That's definitely a material amount of our daily diet, making it especially important that the water we drink is clean and pure.

But if each glass of water you consume introduces harmful and poisonous contaminants, serious health problems may begin to appear. Some of the most common water contaminants in drinking water are chlorine, copper, mercury, and cadmium--Each having the potential to damage your health if consumed in excessive amounts.

Chlorine is perhaps the most detrimental poison found in the water supply. And it is added to our water in the first place to prevent health problems! Chlorine is added to drinking water by municipalities to kill biological water contaminants. However while the chlorine kills these unwanted organisms, it also is toxic to humans. Unhealthy amounts of chlorine in drinking water have been linked to bladder cancer, asthma, and even to breast cancer.

Also when ingested through drinking water, copper, mercury, and cadmium have been associated with kidney damage, gastrointestinal distress, and liver damage.

It is frightening that the water which pours freely from our kitchen faucets contains these contaminants in excessive amounts capable of causing serious health problems.

Although government regulations such as the Safe Drinking Water Act are in place for environmental safety, often these outdated regulations do not afford adequate protection. Also many times their standards for water allows the presence of toxins in unsafe amounts while they approve such water to be safe. When in fact this approved drinking water has poisonous effects.

But ... there is a solution to alleviate at least the toxins, mentioned above, in your personal drinking water. And that is an affordable water filter system you can use daily in your home.

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The Brita Pitcher Water Filter System - Removes Unhealthy Elements Found in Common Tap Water

Get healthier, great-tasting water when using the Brita Pitcher to filter your tap water. It's easy to use, just fill the pitcher, the water quickly runs through the filter, and then you are ready to enjoy refreshing, cleaner water.

How Does Your Water Taste?

Tap water can often be contaminated with pollutants we cannot see but can taste.

Which offensive tastes have you experienced when drinking tap water?

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Why I Am Sold on the Brita Water Filter System

It Minimizes the Health Risks Associated with Drinking Unfiltered Water

For many years, I never noticed anything wrong with drinking regular tap water. Then one morning, I went for some water and the smell and taste was so strong with chlorine that I never trusted unfiltered tap water again. I don't know if my local municipality made a mistake this particular day but it sure made me aware of just what is in the water we drink. This happened to be the defining moment when I purchased a Brita water filter and have used this system for water filtration ever since. With Brita filtered water, I do not experience the unpleasant taste of odd flavors in my drinking water ... only pure, clean water without any taste that should not be present.

I also learned that the Brita was filtering other contaminants out of my drinking water (without removing added fluoride) and that these other contaminants were either potential carcinogens or had the potential of causing bodily harm over time.

When cooking, filtered water makes the meals you make more healthy and flavorful. Coffee and tea definitely taste better when made with filtered water.

I feel that water filtration is so necessary that I purchased each of my children a Brita Pitcher Water Filtration system when they moved out into homes of their own.

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Photos are my own unless otherwise noted.

More Brita Water Filter Products & Accessories

It is recommended to change the filter in the Brita pitcher every two months.

Brita water filter pitchers also come in many colors--green, purple, orange, white, or black & clear. I have pictured green & purple.

There is also a Brita water filter system that offers the convenience of filtered water in a bottle.

And Brita also offers a water filter attachment for your kitchen faucet.

These products are added below ...

What do you think? - Is drinking water quality an important issue to you?

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I think it's very important, so I installed a filter on one of my faucets. The water where I live is amongst the worst in the USA.

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      shana273 4 years ago

      It is very important to me. I only drink filtered water.

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      sikiriki 4 years ago

      I drink water from well.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Tap water is the absolute worst water to drink, unless you use one of these great filtering ideas. I had a medical condition that worsened each and every time I drank tap water. Tap water suppresses the Thyroid. Thank you for doing this brilliant article.

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      Susan R. Davis 5 years ago from Vancouver

      I've tried Brita for filtering tap water. Works great. I have a filter now for cold water in the fridge and love that even more because I have nice filtered and COLD water whenever I want, in whatever quantity I want. (I drink a lot of water and was running through the Brita pitcher way too fast.)

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Water purity is one of the biggest concerns for everybody. Thanks for focussing on this issue.

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Great and useful lens, well done! Squidlike

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yes, it's very important. I use a Pur water filtration pitcher and drink tons of water. I use it for the water in my ice cubes too and to make coffee.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Very informative lens. We have well water with a filter. Just changed the filter, by the way.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I actually enjoy my own drinking water, but always drink bottled water wherever I travel - just a habit even when I know the water is fine. Thank you for the education.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Very scary! We have well water, so I don't think we suffer these same chemical scares, but one set of parents does, and my FIL had bladder cancer about 15 years ago. Very scary, indeed, as you could smell the chlorine. I don't think buying bottled water is much better, either. Great eye opener ~ great lense! B : )

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      We tested the pH of the tap water in our kitchen, and it is 10!! We don't know why it is so basic, but my husband can't drink it, it makes him feel nauseated. He has to put lemon juice in it. Filtering doesn't help.

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I'm so very lucky to have good drinking water

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      charlb 5 years ago

      I have a water filter too (tried the Laica model after my cat broke my Brita). Cannot trust tap water anymore...and it smells bad!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      You did a great job here - we have to filter our water where we live because it is terribly polluted. A Brita wouldn't do it. But we have a big filter under our sink and use two activated charcoal ones too - so we have very clean water and don't even have to boil it if we don't want to.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can't drink water out of a tap any more and I don't even use it in coffee, where I live the water just reeks of chlorine so you have hit on a really worthwhile topic and covered it really well

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      Michele Marie Burke 5 years ago

      Absolutely! I have been filtering water for years. This was a well done, informative lens. Thanks for your effort!

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      Of course! I got sick a couple of time while I was working in the rural areas of Angola and Mozambique because of the drinking water. I've since taken great care to purify water at home, and when I am travelling.

      Great lens!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      My refrigerator has a built-in filter for drinking water, but I used to use a Brita. I refuse to drink unfiltered water or give it to my kids! ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I opened a bootle of water when travelling and in the morning it was green and not a good green!

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      My water comes from a well, and it can get pretty rusty looking at times. I've considered a water filter, but was unsure as to what type to buy. Your article has provided some ideas. Thanks!

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      Athelyna LM 5 years ago

      When I went to college, I kept rats as pets. Soon after I moved into my apartment, I noticed that their white fur was turning yellow. That was when I bought my first water filter.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      So I use a water filter because, although I have a well and the water tastes fine, there's too much copper in the water (the acidity of the water leaches it from the copper pipes). When I lived in the city, *that* water was undrinkable for me. Well presented lens.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      I have well water here, but the chlorine taste is definitely noticeable when I'm in town and drink tap water, so this is a great product for folks to consider!

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      Very informative. My brother in law worked at our local water company and assured me ours is very strict. I haven't experienced and smells or strange taste with our water. We do have a Brita pitcher that we use, but I also use the tap water.

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      I have the good fortune to get spring water from my tap, but it has spoiled me. When I visit other places, the water usually tastes terrible! Good presentation here.

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      great information here, make you thinking doesn't it? I use a water filter all the time.