Is Drinking Tap Water Safe?

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 in Environment

Water is the building block of life and tops the list of our “basic needs”, yet millions don’t have access to clean drinking water and are dying every year from water contamination. The fact is, all of us who rely on municipal and well water systems to supply our water are drinking contaminants every day, in levels that could be hazardous to our health.

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Contamination of drinking water supplies can occur in the source water as well as in the distribution system after water treatment has already occurred. There are many sources of water contamination, including naturally occurring sources, surface drainage, and sewer overflows or wastewater releases.Most municipal water systems in the U.S. were built over 60 years ago with a 50-year life and primarily use chlorination to disinfect water. Evidence suggests that the addition of chlorine to our municipal drinking water may affect our health, especially in the long-term.

  • Nationally, 22% of the public water systems had violations of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations in 2008.
  • Since 2004, testing by water utilities had found 300 contaminants in the tap water Americans drink.
  • The contaminants enter municipal water facilities through sewage and agricultural run-off, construction sites, urban areas, oil spills and waste from nuclear power plants.
  • Every day, millions of gallons of treated and untreated sewage are discharged into the waterways of the world. This sewage contains varying concentrations of pharmaceuticals and personal care products including prescription drugs, street drugs and other common medications.
  • More than half of the chemicals detected are not subject to health or safety regulations by the federal government and can legally be present in any amount.

Here is a list of just a few dangerous contaminants have been found in municipal and well water:

  • Lead – High levels of lead in water have been linked to lower IQs in children, and ban be potentially lethal.
  • Arsenic – The toxic chemical arsenic harms nerves, the heart, blood vessels, and skin. It has also been linked to several cancers.
  • Trihalomethanes (THMs) – including chloroform – are byproducts of chlorination that are suspected of causing several cancers, including bladder cancer. THMs are added to many municipal water supplies.
  • Deseases – Water is the ideal breeding ground for a large variety of disease causing organisms such as Bacteria, Protozoa, Worms, Viruses and Fungi. Outbreaks of diseases such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), Giardia, Legionella, Norovirus, Shigella, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Hepatitis A, and Cryptosporidium have occurred in many water systems and can cause serious health problems and death
  • Fluoride – Today, most cities in the USA choose to fluoridate their municipal water. Do your research about fluoride as to whether it is something you want to consume, but many studies have correlated the consumption of fluoride with some forms of cancer.

As a result Point of Use (POU) water treatment devices are recommended by the CDC and USEPA as one treatment option for reducing risks of chemicals, contaminants, and infectious agents transmitted by drinking water.

The majority of our modern water filtration systems utilize activated carbon to filter our water. Due to its large surface area, it acts as a sponge, drawing in the contaminants. Carbon is especially good at absorbing organic material including chlorine and many of chlorine’s harmful disinfecting byproducts so readily found in our municipal water supplies.

The Downside is, the filter itself can become a breeding ground for microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses, as it absorbs and holds them within the filter. Over time, carbon filters can actually begin to add bacteria and viruses to your water if not changed or properly maintained. Some carbon filters have the ability to kill the bacteria within the carbon itself, eliminating this problem.

Be sure to look for one that is specially registered with the EPA for “bacteriostatic” properties. These filters use special “silver impregnated” carbon material, which means the activated carbon is infused with metallic silver. This means that the filter is capable of killing the bacteria within the filter itself.

Portable “bacteriostatic” water bottle filter can help reduce chemicals and pollutants, making fountain and tap water cleaner and better tasting.