Hazardous Drinking Water
As everyone is aware water plays a major role in our lives and well-being. How many times do we use it in our everyday activities? One of the most important uses is for drinking, and to this end, you need a drinking water system.
The water that comes from your public water supply is not always as free from contaminants as you would like to think. Therefore, you need a line of defense in order to safeguard your family. You could always turn to bottled water, but there is no guarantee that this is less contaminated than your tap water.
You have to take the cost into account as bottled water can cost up to 2000 times as much as the same amount of tap water. There are two types of technology available for drinking water systems. Reverse osmosis, which has been around a long time and was originally used for industrial purposes.
The replacement cartridges for this type of system tend to be rather costly. In addition to this it can take anywhere between 3 to 10 gallons of water to produce a 1 gallon of pure water. The other option is active carbon filtration systems. These normally comprise of an active carbon element, a micron filter and an ion-exchange. As with reverse osmosis there are cartridges, which need to be replaced at regular intervals. There has been some contention over a number of years as to whether or not water with minerals removed i.e. reverse osmosis is a good or bad thing. In nature freshwater contains traces of calcium, magnesium and potassium, which are minerals your body was designed to run on.
Many scientific reports, including one issued by the WHO conclude "drinking water should contain minimum levels of certain essential minerals." Demineralised water has a natural PH below seven making it an acid. When you consume this your body will remove minerals from other areas to produce bicarbonate to neutralize this acid. Secondly, when your body fluids increase their acid levels the production of free radicals' increases, this increases your risk of cancer. Irrespective of the technology you choose one vital thing you should do is to check the manufacturer's data sheet.
This will tell you which contaminants are removed and by what percentage. Some companies are prone to making undocumented by. However, to be on the safe side you should only consider models that have been certified by the NSF, UL, or the CA department of health. Some states, including CA, WI, IA and several others prohibit uncertified claims. Therefore, you the consumer is protected against such companies that make exaggerated claims. The installation of a drinking water system will protect you from any water-borne diseases. This is especially important in the case of children who are more susceptible to water-borne diseases than adults.