How many times do you turn on your tap each day and help yourself to a glass of water? Do you ever consider what might be in the water you’re about to drink?
Of course the water board will tell you that the water is safe, after al it has been through the treatment works and tested. But how true is this statement?
Fortunately it is generally true and the water board even need to test the water every day to make sure it reaches the standards set by the government. However, the water can go through miles of pipe work before it reaches your home. This is after the treatment process has been completed.
As it goes through the pipes it is possible that it will pick up debris, from the pipes themselves and via any minute split where bacteria can enter. This has happened before.
On top of this the chemicals which are used to treat the water might affect the taste and some, such as chlorine, have been linked with health issues.
You should adopt one of these methods to ensure your tap water is safe to drink:
Osmosis is the process of removing contaminants from a liquid. You can purchase a filter or 5 stage reverse osmosis system and have it installed in your home. This will work in the following way to filter out virtually all known chemicals, including the chlorine and other ones added to clean the water:
- Sediment filter to remove large debris.
- Carbon filter to block the majority of chemical compounds.
- Secondary carbon compound to deal with smaller particles and chemicals.
- Membrane to purify the water further.
- GAC filter which effectively polishes the water, it’s designed to make it taste great!
Boiling water is generally a good idea to ensure all bacteria are killed off. However, it is not generally enough to simply boil the kettle. You should boil it in a pan for approximately 10 – 15 minutes.
This will not necessarily remove all the chlorine which is what gives tap water its distinctive taste. This is not the most practical of solutions.
If you know that you have lead piping in your hoe then it is a good idea to keep your water cool, this will minimize the amount of lead feeding into the water. Of course, removing the lead with a carbon filter makes more sense. This is one metal that builds-up in your body and can cause a variety of illnesses.
Another alternative is to only use bottled water for drinking and washing vegetables. This should eliminate the issues with contaminants but can be expensive and sometimes impractical.
It is important to note that a water softener can change the chemical balance of the water, removing hard ions and allowing it to lather easily. However, this type of filter system will do nothing about any contaminants in the system. A carbon filter is essential but the five stage reverse osmosis system is best.