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Do You Know What's in Your Water?

“Water is life” is such a popular saying. And it couldn’t be truer nowadays. We can survive for weeks without food - but without water, we’re in danger  in a matter of days!


Staying hydrated is vital. But we often underestimate the clear liquids quality, purity or its impact. Water, although vast, is in limited supply on our world. We need to start thinking about where it comes from, how it is treated or purified, and the many unsuspecting harmful things that can sneak in there without us knowing.


Turns out, there can be a lot of stuff that gets into our water and that endangers our health in a myriad of ways. Including:

  • Heavy metals

  • Pathogens (bacteria, viruses, etc.)

  • Agricultural chemicals

  • Plastics (microfibers, BPA’s, xenoestrogens, etc.)

  • Pharmaceuticals (drugs peed out and unable to be filtered before the water re-enters circulation!)

No doubt this list could go on. But the underlying point is the harmfulness of each of these things that we may be drinking every day, without realising it? Some of these unwanted substances chip away at our health, every day, over a long time the more and more we drink it unfiltered - especially municipal water, which can be notoriously tainted. Other things, like pathogens, can get us really sick right away. None of it is good. What can be done? Here’s a few ideas:

  • Find out more about your local water. It’s a cheesy saying, but knowledge is power. Talk to your local government about the quality of your municipal water and do some research. What sites nearby could be tainting the water? Is there a lot of agricultural activity nearby? If you can’t get straight answers from your local government, get in touch with a local water watch group. There are different organisations with different names depending on where you live. These groups (or your local government, if they’re willing) may be able to advise you on how to be aware of what’s in your drinking water, and how to keep your health safe.


  • Purify, filter, or treat your own water at home. Being a “water sleuth” is one option, and it certainly helps to know more about what’s in your local municipal water moving forward. But, even if you don’t know, it doesn’t hurt to make it a habit to filter and purify your tap water at home. Charcoal filters (like Brita) are quite popular and easy to use, but honestly they do little to significantly remove particulates. It doesn’t even eliminate lead. It only “helps reduce” four things: chlorine, copper, cadmium and mercury… A simple water meter test that reads Parts Per Million (PPM) will show you how little is actually filtered out using these popular filter systems.  Under-the-sink reverse osmosis systems produce extremely pure water and can be an excellent solution, but they require professional installation and maintenance and can be too pricey for some to afford. But that’s not all. The problem is, most reverse osmosis systems are extremely inefficient. About 50-80% of the water that enters the system can’t be handled by the RO filter and goes right down your drain. So make sure you do your research to find the best options.  


  • Some of us might opt for spring or bottled water, but we know how bad that can be! This just adds to our worldwide plastic problem. It also compounds the issue instead: these plastics will break down into microplastics and continue to taint our water and our health, regardless.


Do you and your family's health, and the planet a favour: find out where you water comes from, purify it at home, and avoid it coming in plastic bottles as much as you can.



Information source: The Need to Grow

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