It may not be new news that what you can not see in your drinking water can hurt you. But are you aware of the extent of the dangers? Depending on where you live, different contaminants affect the water quality that in turn affects your family's health. Water quality standards are unfortunately not guaranteed by federal or state agencies that are charged with overseeing them.
Drinking water filters as well as whole house water filtration is no doubt your best bet for a maintaining a healthy household. Bottled water is not a good alternative because of the expense as well as the pollution problems caused by the bottles. And you have no idea where that water came from. Often it comes right out of municipal water systems … just like your tap water!
If you live in a rural area with a well, the dangers posed by agricultural runoff include bacteria from animal manure, heavy metals and chemicals contained in fertilizers and pesticides. Even in suburban areas, many well owners face these same problems because of lawn care and other gardening products that run off when it rains.
For those who live in urban areas, industrial pollution has long been established as a health problem. A high percentage of the contaminants from industries which get into the water supply are not even regulated. Chemicals and heavy metals often end up in your drinking glass and then into your body. These contaminants are coming out of smoke stacks and being dumped as waste into streams and lakes.
A more recently disclosed danger of urban drinking water comes from drugs that have been dumped down toilets and drains and found their way into your kitchen sink. Even more alarming, according to an Associated Press investigation, major drug makers in the US have legally released at least 271 million pharmaceuticals into waterways that provide drinking water to residents.
A wide range of drugs include mood stabilizers (often containing lithium), antibiotics, sex hormones and anti-convulsants. Even though this drug dumping poses a great danger, even more of the contamination comes from the humans who consume them. The body will excrete drugs that are not absorbed, and unused drugs get flushed. Opened containers can not be used in hospitals and nursing homes, and the remaining unused medicines also get flushed and end up in the water supply.
Consider the wide ranging cleaning products that contain antibiotics. Hand soap, counter cleaner, toilet cleaner and the list goes on and on. In addition to posing risk to drinking water, we may be creating more “super bugs” or bacteria that quickly adapt a resistance to the antibiotic, and cause life threatening infections that are sometimes impossible to overcome.
Because government agencies are not stepping up in a timely way to address the concerns posed by environmental pollution, it is up to you to keep your family safe. Fortunately this is possible and requires relatively little expense in comparison to the benefits you will gain. Water quality testing is the important first step. Home water filtration systems are the second step.
Based on what your water testing results reveal about the contaminants coming out of your taps, you can find a wide variety of water filter systems to clean your water supply. It might be a kind of charcoal filter or even a whole house osmosis system that suits your needs. Whichever you choose, you can be assured that your health is guarded from invisible chemicals and bacteria that may be in your water.