Filter It: Clean Your Water Right

Filter It: Clean Your Water Right

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Not long ago it was normal to fill a glass of cold, clear water from the kitchen tap for a refreshing beverage. Nowadays, it is considered in some homes akin to eating off the floor. Dangers lie hidden in many tap water systems. Although it is not immediately alarming, it is a subject to take pause and consider. One of the easiest remedies for tap water safety is a filter. In addition, drinking filtered tap water can save an enormous amount of unnecessary waste that bottled water continues to reap on and from our planet.

Safety

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), public drinking water is fairly safe. In 1974 Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to ensure protection of the Nation’s public drinking water supply. Some requirements, municipal as well as private (public water can sometimes be purchased via private pipelines/sources), that must be adhered to include;

  • Emergency public notification of any immediate health risk contaminants
  • Annual Consumer Confidence Reports divulging yearly (non-alarming) contaminants
  • Federal – State partnership for regulation enforcement
  • Disinfection of surface water supplies
  • Underground drinking water protection
  • Water system upgrade fund
  • Continued vulnerability assessments

What May Get Through

Regardless of the concerted efforts of Congress and the EPA, like anything there are still risks. Many contaminants do permeate system filtration, however most are not regarded as immediately life threatening. Lifelong accumulation of these contaminants is another story. There are two types of infiltrators, Naturally Occurring and Human.

Naturally Occurring – This includes such things as microorganisms from soil and wildlife; soil derived nitrites and nitrates; and cadmium, arsenic, chromium, lead, and selenium, heavy metals that leach from underground rock.

Human Contaminants – Fertilizers and pesticides; industrial waste; heavy metals from mining and construction; human and animal waste from septic tanks and farms; household waste that includes but are not limited to copper, lead, motor oil, paint, cleaning products and even residue from prescription drugs.

Much of these contaminants are filtered or treated at the water plant before they make it to your glass in high doses. However, trace amounts of these and more pollutants can still be found. Accumulation of drinking tap water is theorized and in some cases has been documented as causing anything from gastrointestinal conditions to more serious challenges such as behavorial disorders.

Choose a Filter any Filter

Drinking tap water can still be carefree and a lot cheaper than bottled water once a home filtration is set into place. There are a wide variety of choices at many different price levels. The least expensive is a portable filter such as a water bottle with a miniature filter in the cap or a container unit in the refrigerator. For the more serious minded there are under the counter plastic or stainless steel models, hydroponic de-chlorinators or reverse osmosis units. Whatever you choose it will be a lot better than straight tap or wasteful store bought brands.

Filter it no matter what. This precious resource is bound to get more precious so use it as best you can.

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