What Does Tap Water Contain 

What does tap water contain, I would like to be able to tell you - nothing - except of course the essential minerals. However, this would be far from the truth. The amount and type of contaminants present in your tap water depends largely on where you live.

You can be exposed to lead, chlorine, herbicides, pesticides and numerous other pollutants besides. Even though you might live in the city you still run the risk of finding farming chemicals such as atrazine supplied with your tap water.

When considering any form of contamination the amount present and the type needs to be taken into account. There is a tendency for the media to exaggerate every time a chemical is found in the water supply. Of course any chemical pollution is serious but there is a marked difference between chlorine and benzene in excessive quantities.

You have to take into account that there are organizations and individuals that dispose of toxic substance either in or near water supplies. These people do not give a second thought as to the consequences of their actions. It is a matter of public record that even when the culprits are identified, they are given small fines or no action is taken.

You should also think about the maximum contamination level (MCL) and the effect it has on your children. The MCL figure is set for a full grown adult. Children are a different story altogether. Unlike adults their immune and detoxification systems are still developing. This means that they are more vulnerable than an adult. Studies have shown that exposure to chemicals such as chlorine, toxic chemicals and especially lead in water has a marked effect on their behaviour, including deficits in attention span and learning disabilities.

Therefore, when considering what does tap water contain your children need more protection from these pollutants than an adult. What can we use to be in no doubt that we have taken adequate safeguards?

The answer would be some form of a water filtration system. You have the choice of several different models, the best being a whole house filtration unit you could also opt for a smaller counter-top model.

Among the different types of filtration technology active carbon filtration stands head and shoulders above the rest. It is acknowledged by the Environmental Protection Agency as being the most effective system. These models are not expensive, and you could find one for under $100, which is extremely good value when you consider the amount of protection it gives you.


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