Tap water is readily available in everyone’s homes, so it’s easy to access and it’s free, but is it really the best thing to be putting in your body? When you consider that people undergoing chemotherapy, aids and HIV sufferers, transplant patients, young children (under 6 years old especially), and pregnant women are advised against drinking it, it makes you think that maybe there is something in it that we need to be careful of.
Studies presented at Freshly Squeezed Water have found that tap water contains the following chemicals:
- Fluorine compounds
- Trihalomethanes (THMs)
A list which is pretty scary! Now while some of these are essential to get rid of unwanted bacteria, some of it has simply slipped through the cracks, or is in small enough quantities to comply to the regulations – but is that enough for you? If you would rather drink the cleanest water possible, there are a few things that you can do:
Only drink the water if it’s very cold because that will store less bacteria. Run the tap until the coldest water comes out to help with this.
Try a different source of water, such as bottled. This can work out more expensive- especially when you consider that everyone in your home needs to drink an average of eight glasses of water per day – and you do need to do your research to ensure that what you’re drinking is high quality, but it will prevent you from drinking these chemicals.
Filter your water. Using filtered water coolers will remove all the chemicals from your tap water in your own home, saving you that trip to the shop every time you want a drink.
These water filters can work in varied ways, but here are the most common type of system that you will find:
- Activated carbon – this is the most used water filter, which uses active carbon filters to trap the waters most common impurities.
- Reverse osmosis – this system forces water through a very fine filter at pressure to ensure the contaminates can’t get through.
- Ion exchange – ions soften the water by splitting atoms, and is very effective.
- Distillation – this takes the water one step further than boiling. It boils the water, steams it, captures the steam and condenses it into a separate container.
These systems work towards getting rid of the chemicals listed above, leaving you with the purest water possible. The more that people learn about the negatives that can be found in tap water, the more popular these systems become, and the better the companies make them. To see which one is most suitable for you, do some research into which system will fit into your home and will satisfy all of your water needs.
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