Being able to turn on a tap and have instant access to water is a blessing that’s easy to take for granted. Unfortunately, it’s also easy to assume the water coming out of those same taps is safe to drink despite increasing evidence that it isn’t. Here are five reasons why you should never drink your tap water again.
Carcinogens, Chlorine, and Chloramine
The very treatment processes municipalities use to remove impurities from water produce byproducts that affect your health. The most common byproducts are residual amounts of chlorine and chloramine. Chlorinated water has been linked to a slight increase in the risk of certain cancers. At present, the microorganism-killing effects of chlorination outweigh the risks when seen in the grand scheme of public health, but that’s cold comfort to the 10,700 people who develop chlorine-caused cancers every year.
As chlorination is likely to remain the go-to water treatment process for the foreseeable future, chlorine and chloramine byproducts remain present in most public water. By installing a point-of-entry whole house filtration system, you will effectively remove chlorine from your water supply.
In 2011 the US General Accountability Office reported pharmaceutical drugs contaminate most drinking water. The most common drugs found in water were antibiotics and estrogen-based hormones, but painkillers, psychotropic medication, and other drugs are also present in small but significant amounts.
What effect will drinking residual pharmaceuticals have on the general population? Unfortunately, we do not know. Effects would depend on the amount and type of drugs present as well as how they interact. We do know that hormone-based drug pollution can cause reproductive problems.
Since municipal water treatment plants aren’t designed to remove pharmaceuticals from water, a reverse osmosis home filtration system offers your best defense against whatever effects drug residue can cause.
Much has been written on fluoride in drinking water. Introduced to help prevent tooth decay, fluoride is present in many municipal water supplies. However, increasing research argues fluoride in tap water can actually be detrimental to children’s dental development. If your water supply is fluorinated, you may want to consider filtering the substance from your drinking water, especially if you have children.
Poisonous and carcinogenic, arsenic is present in groundwater resources across the United States. The EPA sets the acceptable level of arsenic in drinking water at 10 parts-per-billion (ppb). Public water systems regularly test for arsenic contamination higher than this standard.
While 10 ppb is considered safe for the general population, some people are more sensitive to arsenic’s effects than others. At Pelican, we take a zero tolerance approach; Our filtration systems will remove harmful chemicals and contaminants from the water in your household.
The initial reason for using chlorine in public drinking water treatment was to kill disease-causing microorganisms. Compared to nations with limited water treatment facilities, the United States does have lower rates of legionella, Salmonella, Cryptosporidium, and E.coli infections.
However, no system is perfect. A broken water line, natural disasters, flooding, or another source of contamination can release microorganisms into public drinking water. And with the water supply infrastructure aging at a critical rate, boil water advisories are on the rise nationwide.
Point-of-entry filtration systems with ultraviolet capabilities kill microorganisms before they enter your home, providing cleaner, safer water even during boil water advisories. Pelican provides a wide range of easy-to-install filtration systems to match your budget, your needs, and your family’s health. Contact a water specialist at Pelican today to ensure your family won’t have to drink tap water again.
Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.