We all rely on tap water for our domestic needs. However, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) cautions that not all tap water is safe for drinking. 10% of the tap water is usually contaminated. This means that one in every ten Americans that drink tap water, drink water that is contaminated with bacteria, impurities or worse. Since you might not be entirely certain if the water you receive in your house is safe or not, it is a good idea to install a water purifier. The rule of thumb is, better safe than sorry.
Tap Water Contaminants
There are some natural impurities that usually contaminate ground water. These include nitrates, arsenic and radon. Apart from these compounds, some water could also be contaminated by bacteria. While the concentration of these impurities might be negligible per glass of water, the continual taking of contaminated water could result in health issues. Artificial contaminants like pesticides, pharmaceutical drugs, lead, herbicides as well as industrial solvents might also be to blame for the water contamination. These artificial toxins are known to cause serious health conditions including cancer and birth defects. The treatment plants in most states are at least a century old so you cannot trust the equipment that is outdated to do a perfect job.
Most people prefer bottled water to tap water thanks to the common misconception that bottled water is always safe. The water bottling industry is self-regulated and there aren’t any strict standards that are imposed by the government. There are many companies out there that sell you bottled water which are just as good as your tap water. The water bottling industry can easily manipulate the labels they use. Many of these companies use chlorine in the bottled water to sanitize the water and stop the development of micro-organisms. Even though the small amounts of chlorine used have no immediate impact on your health, accumulated amounts of it in your body could lead to health complications later in life.
Water Treatment Plants
Most of the water treatment plants still use fluoride in the water treatment process. Fluoride was initially used as rat poison before science discovered it could also be used in killing micro-organisms in water. In fact, any toothpaste that is purely fluoride based usually has warning labels on them. Fluoride in its purest form is a very deadly poison and ingesting only a small amount of it could result in death. Of course the fluoride used in the water treatment is relatively harmless, but still, you should avoid taking it into your system by installing a water purifier. The thyroid gland is extremely sensitive to fluoride and you need this gland for optimal metabolism and immunity. The water treatment plants do a splendid job with the removal of artificial and most natural impurities. However, they are seldom successful in removing arsenic and fluoride. For you to ensure that your water is safe from these harmful compounds, install a water purifier. Contact C&W Plumbing for more details on how to install the water purifier.
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