Every one of us needs drinking water. We need a lot of drinking water on a daily basis. We need safe drinking water.
Safe Drinking water. How do you know whether the water you are drinking is safe? You may get it from a municipal tap. You may use a filtration or purification system. You may purchase bottled water. Is it safe drinking water?
If it comes from the tap, we are told, it is safe drinking water. Government standards dictate tests it must pass. True, there are government regulations. However, monthly or annual testing often shows contamination in municipal water supply. The treatment plant must take action, but meanwhile, the water from your tap is not safe drinking water.
Even when tap water meets government standards, those standards may not yield safe drinking water. Fluoride may be added – in levels that are rapidly proving to be more toxic than originally thought. Detergents are present. Chlorine is added to kill germs, but certain levels of microorganisms such as E.coli are permitted. Is that safe drinking water?
When bottled water first hit the shelves of local supermarkets, it was considered very safe drinking water. Pictures of glaciers and mountain lakes, along with names such as Glacier Water, falsely led people to believe that bottled water always came from pristine sources.
Gradually, word filtered down to the consumer that bottled water was not pristine. A number of companies bottled tap water. Others bottled water drawn from wells next to manufacturing sites. Bottled water has been found to have contaminants. Some bottled water is treated with fluoride. Bottled water is not necessarily safe drinking water.
One way to get safe drinking water is to use a home filtration system. Municipal supplies often contain “permitted” levels of impurities or contaminants. Even if the water is safe on arrival at your home, it will travel through pipes that may leach lead or other minerals.
A water filtration system can remove impurities and contaminants that remain. To pass regulations and carry the word “filtration” in the name, these systems must remove 99.99 percent of chemicals, bacteria, and other contaminants. It will give you safe drinking water.
Some believe that filtration is insufficient. For them, 99.99 percent is not enough. As long as .01 percent of contaminants, chemicals, and bacteria remain, they are unwilling to call it safe drinking water.
For those, water purification is the answer. Regulations demand that water purifiers remove 99.99999 percent of bacteria, chemicals, contaminants, etc. This is 1000 times better than water filtration. Water purifiers provide very safe drinking water.
Tip: If you are serious about getting safe drinking water, take time to study the articles on this site. You may not know what you are drinking.