Thursday, May 8, 2014

Is my Tap Water Healthy?

How healthy is tap water?
It is generally believed that water coming from a public water system in the United States, such as one run and maintained by a municipality, is safe to drink. Such water is monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which enforces certain health standards regarding the contaminants in drinking water. Thus, when drinking water leaves a treatment plant, it has to meet strict safety standards. 

However, tap water is not without its problems. According to an article published in EarthTalk, the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested municipal water in 42 states and detected about 260 contaminants in public water supplies. Of these, 141 were unregulated chemicals for which there wasn’t any safety standard at all.

Thus, despite high compliance in enforcing standards, the basic problem is an inability to identify the myriad of contaminants that can be present in water, and then establishing standards for regulating their presence in public water supplies. There has been an alarming increase in the types of contaminants entering our water supplies – from chemical industries to agriculture, to urban runoffs.

Especially vulnerable to the risks posed by contaminated water are pregnant women, children, the elderly, people with chronic diseases, and those with weakened immune systems.

Given this situation, it makes a lot of sense to invest in a good quality water purification system that can take care of all types of contaminants in drinking water – whether identified by any agency or not. The overall economics of such systems have been found to be much cheaper than anticipated earlier. Consider, for example, a Reverse Osmosis (RO) system. The cost per gallon of water coming from a household RO system can be as little as 6 cents over a five year period.

As a health conscious individual, I always strive to ensure that my family gets the best and the healthiest products to eat and drink. I avoid taking chances, and I have an RO system in my home since a few years ago. Likewise, I would also urge you to go ahead and get yourself an appropriate water purification system, to ensure that the water you are drinking is safe for you and your loved ones.

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