In the midst of the chaos and controversy of health-related topics lies the discussion of whether or not you should filter tap water. The older generation, as well as those of us who were raised in the country towns, grew up drinking straight from the tap and out of the garden hose in the yard without thought or problems and see no reason not to continue. Others would rather pluck their eyes out than to even consider drinking anything other than bottled or filtered water. So what is the correct answer?
We first must understand the differences in water in the past and water available today. Also, we have to consider the differences in available water in different areas. Although choosing between tap and filtered is a personal choice, it pays to be knowledgeable on the subject.
Then and Now
In my grandparents’ day and their parents’ day, water plants did not filter tap water with quite so many chemicals. Some families did not have access to filtered water. They had water pumps and they would boil water. As they were not as protected as the current generation from these elements, their immune systems were often stronger. Now, many dangerous items are used to filter tap water in the name of health.
Location Means A Lot
Tap water is often safer in country towns and smaller cities because the groundwater is filtered more naturally through rocks and soil. While this may sound unappetizing, remember that larger cities rely more heavily on chemicals to filter their water.
Chemicals Used to Filter Water
Chemicals are used in tap water to kill microbes, bacteria, and other health concerns. While they can be beneficial in some ways, they are dangerous in other. If you keep up with the news today, you see that schools in Detroit are shutting off water fountains and a state of emergency has been declared due to high chemical levels in the tap water.
While not an exhaustive list, the following chemicals have been found in tap water:
- Chlorine. The harsh chemical that can eat away at a shirt or jeans if spilled on them is used to kill bacteria in tap water. In some areas, the chlorine can be smelled as strongly from the tap as it can when standing beside a chlorinated swimming pool.
- Flouride. Flouride is used to help prevent tooth decay. However, according to Medical News Today, it can cause bone disease, thyroid problems, neurological problems, reproductive issues, and other health issues. It is said to be unlikely that these issues could come from merely drinking water. However, that seems like a pretty large risk to take.
- Pesticides. The same harsh chemicals used to kill pests can be found in tap water, which can lead to many issues including birth defects.
- Lead. Everyone has been taught about the dangers of lead. Growing up, I was always warned not to eat the paint because lead was in it.
What Can You Do?
- Research your local water filtration process and keep an ear out for any news of sicknesses in your area. Know what your local water supply includes. This will help you determine if it is safe to drink or if you should choose a different option.
- If you do find issues, do not stay quiet about it. Speak out so that others around you may be informed as well. As there are laws governing the water supply, you can contact authorities if you discover large quantities of dangerous chemicals in your tap.ScheduleBuy bottled water. This water is safe however the containers can be dangerous when they break down. They can also be expensive and environmentally unfriendly.
- Buy a water filtration system for your tap water. This seems to be the safest and most cost-friendly route. Just keep your filters changed regularly to keep your water safe and tasting good. Purchasing a water filtration system does not have to be costly or complicated. For help in choosing the best one for your home, visit “How to Choose a Simple Water Filtration System”. The is information their on the different types of systems to help you make an informed choice.
Filtering your water or drinking straight from the faucet is completely up to you. It is a personal decision that you must make. However, you should always stay informed so that you can make the best health decision for yourself and your loved ones. Do not let ignorance cause sickness and disease in your family.