If water is treated before it gets to homes, then it should be safe. While that is the theory, it does not always work in practice.
“In today’s world, we have a major water contamination problem. It’s so bad that we can’t even really rely on the water treatment plants to provide us with safe drinking water on tap. Did you know that there are over 2,100 toxic chemicals swimming in your drinking water? Not many people do, and when they find out they are shocked at what they are putting into their body,” said Larry Wardell, who writes for H2olabs.com, a provider of water distiller systems that provide truly pure distilled water.
If a water treatment plant handles the water and cleans it up before it delivers it to homes, it should be safe. Unfortunately, water treatment plants are so out-of-date that they cannot keep up with the ever-increasing load of new pollutants in the water sources. There is just about everything, including the kitchen sink, in water on tap in American’s homes. Think sex hormones, street drugs, herbicides, pesticides, agricultural wastewater, chemical runoff from fracking for gas, and bacteria.
“Get as creative as you like and chances are you will hit the nail on the head when you list what you think is in your water – the water you are about to sip from your glass. Best think twice about that and do some research into water distillers and water distillation systems if you want truly fresh, clean and safe water at home and work,” Wardell said.
Typically speaking, water, before it gets to a home, is pre-treated. That means it is pumped in from the source, pre-screened to pick out the large debris and is stored. The next step is typically pre-chlorination and pre-conditioning. For instance, the facility may try to play with the pH level. “If the pH level is under 7, the idea is to bring it up to 7 or above, making the water alkaline,” Wardell said.
Acidic water is a hazard to one’s health and may cause a body to leech nutrients from teeth and bones to level the acidity of the water. Long-term consumption of acidic water is not healthy. Despite that, in some treatment plants, the pH step is skipped to save time and money.
“Like to see your water clear and appealing? Since looks count, the plant may step the water into the flocculation process. This means that plant workers toss some small particles into the water and any material present that colors the water will stick to these particles and rise to the top and are skimmed off; sort of like skimming fat from the top of gravy,” Wardell said.
The next step for the water is the filtration or treatment. Unfortunately, most municipal facilities still only use a sand-bed filter, which is not very effective and leaves behind a lot of stuff that should not be left behind. As the water slowly drains through the sand, those items or particles that are smaller drain through.
This works if the sand is fine enough, but in many instances, the sand is coarse and that leaves a long laundry list of bacteria, viruses and chemicals behind. “You also have to remember that there are now synthetic chemicals that are even smaller in size than a water molecule, so they won’t get filtered out either,” Wardell said.
To add insult to injury, most water is still treated with chlorine, a chemical proven to be bad for human health. “When you go swimming, the pool test kit is supposed to register 1 part per million of chlorine. On the other hand, drinking water is allowed to be at 3 parts per million. That’s food for thought,” Wardell said. It is enough to prompt people to drink wisely and invest in water distillation systems for their home and office.
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