What is in tap water?
Is Tap Water Safe?
Unfortunately our drinking water today, or the water from the tap, is not so clean as one might imagine, and it may becoming less safe. In this article I will just discuss a handful of the potential hazards found in water.
There are some naturally occurring elements in water that are bad for our health. One of these is lead. Lead can be found in the environment naturally, but because of the industrial revolution, and the fact that lead is very useful in industry, lead has found itself more abundantly in our environment. Everyone today is exposed to lead through drinking water (from the tap), food, and from the air.
Heavy Metals and Chemicals in Water
Arsenic is very common in the environment and can get into lakes and other water sources naturally. But the use of fossil fuels, such as coal, metal production, and even pesticides used in agriculture have further polluted our environment and drinking water with arsenic.
Chlorine isn't friendly with any living organism, and that's exactly why it is put into water so that it will kill off any viruses and bacteria that come into contact with it. It is hugely beneficial for us since many waterborne bacteria can be deadly. Still, a constant exposure to chlorine is in no away healthy to our bodies; the question is how bad is it for us?
In countries, such as Canada, fluoride is added into the water. The reason for this is to help fight cavities. Still, many people question how effective it can be for our teeth since it has very brief contact with our teeth as we drink water. Brushing teeth and gargling mouthwash is a much more effective use of fluoride. Fluoride is added to toothpaste and mouthwash because it strengthens bones (our teeth). The problem is that if consumed, fluoride accumulates in the body and can eventually lead to skeletal fluorosis. The fluoride causes your bones to become denser, but more brittle.
So nowadays we are exposed to heavy metals, chemicals, and potential waterborne diseases in our water, but unfortunately that is not all. Almost everyone today seems to be on one medication or another, some people are on many drugs. These medications make it into the sewer. Water treatment facilities are not able to remove drugs from water, so this cocktail of drugs makes it into our lakes and into our tap water. We get exposed to all sorts of medications this way, and although in very small amounts it is becoming more and more concentrated in our water supplies.
How Can We Clean Water
Clean water has always been a problem for civilization. Technology has made water possibly safer than it has ever been, in regards to waterborne diseases, as they are far less common than in previous history. But with all the cancers that we see today, the drastic rise in allergies, asthma, and many other diseases, it is important to try and reduce the increasing amount of toxicities we are being exposed to.
A regular container water filter, or faucet filter is great for getting rid of heavy metals and chlorine. The under counter water purifiers work really great. And an even better way is to distill your water. If distilling water you need to buy mineral drops to remineralize the water. Water wants to have minerals, so distilled water will act as a magnet to all the trace minerals in your body and will flush it out of your system, but those trace minerals are essential for good health. Adding the mineral drops solves this problem.
Bottled Water vs Tap Water
If you thought that the problems mentioned here about tap water make bottled water a better solution, it's not necessarily the case. While it is cleaner in some ways it is polluted in others. In my next article I will discuss the major problems and even dangers of bottled water.