The importance of water purification.
Water is the building block of life and tops the list of our ‘basic needs’ and we all know the importance of drinking water daily.
But water is the ideal breeding ground for a large variety of disease causing organisms. The fact is, all of us who rely on municipal water systems to supply us our water are drinking hazardous contaminants every day, in levels that could be dangerous to our health.
In general, there are 5 types of organisms found in our water which are potential disease-producers:
Outbreaks of disease from drinking water do occur and can lead to serious acute, chronic, or sometimes fatal health consequences. The presence of certain organisms of these various types can lead to adverse health effects, including:
Neurological disorders such as typhoid fever, dysentery, cholera, jaundice, hepatitis, giardiasis, undulant fever and tularemia
As well as other diseases which spread through drinking unsafe water.
Chemicals will enter into tap water from many different types of sources. Pollution is one way that chemicals have gotten into the tap water supplies. Other ways are when chemicals are added to the water by the public water systems. The most common of these chemicals is chlorine.
Chlorine is the most common of the types of chemicals currently being used to treat public water supplies. It is used to remove and to kill any bacteria which could be living in the water. This type of treatment prevents people from getting ill from drinking unsanitary water.
Even though chemicals are added to tap water to purify it for drinking and cooking, there are still health risks. Adding chlorine to water is actually adding a poison to the water we drink. Over time, chlorine taken in small doses will increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and other health conditions. Most all public drinking water systems use chlorine to purify water. Other chemicals which are found in drinking water are equally as deadly. Chemicals, such as pesticides and fertilizers in drinking water have been linked to birth defects.
Yet, chemicals have been used for years to purify drinking water by killing the parasites that live in it. However, experts say that these parasites are becoming immune to the chemicals and are living after purification treatments. These types of parasites will cause serious health problems in our digestive system.
So how dangerous is tap water?
This is a brief list of the types of toxins in drinking water and what effects they can have on our health:
Can cause bladder and rectal cancers, and also asthma. Recently, experts have linked chlorine to breast cancer.
Lead enters tap water through corroded pipes. Lead in drinking water is harmful for pregnant mothers and children. Lead poisoning has been proven to cause learning disorders and severe developmental delays.
Giardia and Cryptosporidium
These types of protozoa are responsible for widespread and severe outbreaks of gastro-intestinal diseases. They will make their way in the water system whenever here has been a sanitation breakdown.
So what can we do?
The best way to guarantee that you are drinking water which is pure is to use a water filtering system. Owning water purification is very important. The only healthy and safe way to drink ordinary tap water is to use a point of use water filter. (Like myself)
I use pure filtered water for:
Well, I try to use pure filtered water for everything!