Motivated by a heartfelt parent writing to me with concern for her child’s health risk due to contaminated water I decided to write this article. The reality of modern life is that our water will continue to face increased threats of contamination. Before we panic, however, let’s take a look at the science and commons sense that assures us that we still have a lot of control and protection against contamination.
- The world is getting more crowded, we are producing more pollutants and our water supplies will become increasingly contaminated. There is no reversing this.
- Despite aging infrastructure, the majority of treatment plants and professionals do a very good job of removing contaminants. Occasionally, some excursions are likely to occur.
- Of the 150 gallons-per-day average water use per person, only a small percentage of that is consumed in drinking. So point #1 is that we don’t need to worry about the majority of water that is used for toilets, showering, laundry, etc.
- Activated Carbon filters remain safe for removing chlorine, pesticides and organic chemicals. They are generally inexpensive and easy to install. Many refrigerators are already equipped.
- Multiple companies offer pitcher type filters that offer additional purification such as the removal of metals like lead and aluminum
- Almost without fail, municipal water treatment companies are diligent about announcing problems when they occur so we can count on a notice before we drink.
- Bottled water is always safe to drink and a sensible product to have on hand for emergencies.
Also remember, that while we don’t want to consume any undesirable contaminants, whether we like it or not, it is impossible for us not to consume some, albeit trace amounts from all our food and drinks.
Contamination exists in every aspect of our lives. Given that we may only actually drink a couple of glasses of water per day, even if we do consume water with a trace amount of an undesirable contaminant, the potential harm to our bodies is not very high. Conversely, if we know that our water is always full of contaminants, then we must take higher actions.
HERE ARE THE TAKEAWAYS
- Regularly download your local water report.
- Get to know your local water plant. Pay a visit, Ask about local risks.
- Keep a supply of bottled water on hand for emergencies
- Use a high-quality faucet filter and/or refrigerator filter
- If you need greater assurance use a high-quality water pitcher product. Just make sure you don’t keep the water longer than 24 hours.
- Stay away from whole house water filters. Unless you are plagued by iron and high hardness, you don’t need a whole house filter. Toilets, showers, windows, boots, decks, and cars are all fine with your city tap water, no matter where you are.
- Focus on only the small volume you actually consume. This will minimize your expenses, time and worries about water.