Why You Need to Purify Your Drinking Water

Why You Need to Purify Your Drinking Water

Sep 22

Clean water is obviously something that is desirable no matter what you use it for. In the US, the water is treated by the government to ensure that it is potable, but this means the addition of chemicals to kill off the bacteria and other microorganisms which also carries their own health risks. The decision to purify your drinking water is a matter of necessity, not luxury. Aside from removing minerals that make water “hard” and are responsible for the odors associated with them, purification filters out the chemicals that make the water potable but also harmful.

Chlorine/Chloramine

Chlorine is literally the same as the bleach you use to remove stains on clothes and other surfaces, so it is a caustic substance. It does kill off many toxic microorganisms that thrive in water which will kill you within a short time, but it is also associated with the risk of some cancers, including rectal and bladder cancer. An alternative is chloramines, a combination of chlorine and ammonia which is more efficient in killing bacteria because it continues to be active in the water as it passes through pipes. But this is again a problem because aside from bladder cancer, it also has adverse effects on the kidney, liver, central nervous system, and reproductive system.

Fluoride

Many years ago, the importance of fluoride for dental health was raised, and it was decided that children would benefit from having fluoridated water. It turns out that while teeth may be stronger because of it, long-term fluoride ingestion may result in medical conditions involving the thyroid, kidney, liver, endocrine system, gums, and bones. Some children develop fluorosis, which is when teeth become mottled (spotted) because of excess fluoride in the diet as the teeth develop. Because public water facilities pick the lesser of two evils, they continue to dump chemicals into the water supply despite the health risks involved with chlorine, chloramines, and fluoride. As homeowners, we need to take the extra step to ensure that the water we drink, cook and bathe with is free from chemicals that build up in our bodies over the years. This is a good reason to invest in a good quality filtration system to purify your drinking water.