Safe Drinking Water. So, drinking water is safe straight out the tap we’re told. It’s clean and disease free but is it? In the west we are told that we are lucky to have a clean and fresh supply of water, streaming straight from the taps. Many places in the rest of the world are not so lucky. 1 in 9 people worldwide do not have access to clean water. However, just because it looks clean and clear and we are told this – is it?
Two things have for many years now, resulted in me going and buying/using a jug water filter.
When my daughter was small and we lived in Sussex I grabbed myself a glass of water from the tap and stuck it on the side to fill my daughters sippy cup. I turned back to grab my glass of water and saw things wriggling in it! I filled another glass to check – it was the same! Grabbing the cup from my daughter I vowed for the first time in my life to buy bottled water.
I called the water company right away. All they would say was that I would be getting a letter soon…
When the letter arrived it claimed the wriggly things were harmless blah blah to be honest, I don’t think I read the whole thing. Harmless of not, I didn’t want my family ingesting these wormy things. I began to do some research. What I then found, didn’t sit well with me…
Outbreaks of illness from contaminants in drinking water do occur from time to time. Despite UK tap water being classed as one of the safest in the world, yet our Safe Drinking Water may contain:
Lead from pipes
Cryptosporidium. A is a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrhea disease
Drugs. Pharmaceutical compounds including anti-depressants and cocaine by-products have been found in UK tap water
PFAS. Used to make stain-resistant fabrics and carpets, water-repellent clothing, nonstick cookware, and hundreds of other common products. These can cause: high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, pregnancy-induced hypertension, testicular and kidney cancers.
Research has also linked some PFAS to learning delays in children.
If your water smells or tastes odd – don’t drink it and contact your water company. Perhaps treat yourself and family like I did, to a new jug filter or similar.
The second thing that worries me is what can be killed by our drinking water. Friends will know I keep tropical fish. We have a new addition to the family, we now have two beautiful Axolotls. Axolotls lived in the wild in just two fresh water lakes in Mexico. Sadly, due to pollution they are now all but extinct in their natural habitat. They clung on though for years, despite the levels of toxic chemicals!
Now if you keep fish or Axolotls you will know this, they die if you put them in our ‘clean’ tap water! You have to place an additive in the water that binds all these harmful things and even then, it’s safest to leave the water to sit for 24 hrs so the chlorine dissipates before you use it. Isn’t it worrying that creatures who can only live in freshwater are killed by our tap water? Straight tap water alone can cause them chemical burns within hours.
I invested in a couple of good jug filters for my family and pets.
Good jug filters use a coconut-based activated carbon filter that removes chlorine, zinc, copper, cadmium and mercury. However, activated carbon filters don’t remove all nitrates, dissolved minerals, or bacteria and viruses in water through the absorption process. Unlike metals, they pass through the filter because they don’t bind to the carbon.
So the very safest water to drink is still both filtered and boiled.
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