Your Tap Water Quality

Tap Water Quality

Human beings can survive for weeks without food. In fact, most of us could survive for a full 30 days without food. It wouldn’t be much fun – but it would be possible. However, there isn’t a single person among us who could survive for 30 days without water. Without water, people die quickly, within just a few days. If we were to experience an event that left us without access to our usual water supply for an entire month, we would have two options:

A. Find alternate sources of water and make that water reasonably safe to drink

That’s it. There are no other choices. We don`t need a natural disaster or an emergency to realize that our water is in peril – just opening our taps is enough to realize, that under a microscope, we are slowly poisoning ourselves.

There are two main sources of water pollution; point sources and non-point sources. Point sources include factories, wastewater treatment facilities, septic systems, and other sources that are clearly discharging pollutants into water sources. Non-point sources are more difficult to identify, because they cannot be traced back to a particular location. Non-point sources include runoff including sediment, fertilizer, chemicals and animal wastes from farms, fields, construction sites and mines. Landfills can also be a non-point source of pollution, if substances leach from the landfill into water supplies.

What’s in our Tap Water you ask?

Let’s take a look at that glass of water you’re about to drink and see. Tap water in North America is tested on a regular basis and must adhere to Federal guidelines that were put in place 35 years ago. You may be shocked to learn what contaminants are in your tap water.

bad-waterContaminants in Tap Water

Causes of the contaminants in your tap water include household cleaners, pharmaceutical drugs, lead, chlorine, chemical waste…the list goes on. The water treatment plants can only remove so much.

If you think about it, we’ve been pouring cleansers and other chemicals into our water systems for decades – it is hard to filter all that in one process. It is pretty clear you need good water filtration to stay healthy and the situation is only getting worse.

Now that you know some of what’s inside our tap water you can decide if you want to drink it straight from the tap or consider other alternatives. By the way, bottled water in most instances is no better than tap water, but that’s another story.

Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disruptors are naturally occurring or man-made substances that may mimic or interfere with the function of hormones in the body. Endocrine disruptors may turn on, shut off, or modify signals that hormones carry and thus affect the normal functions of tissues and organs.

During all those years of recycling our drinking water there were millions of us taking prescription drugs – did you know almost all tap water in North America contains residues from those prescriptions? Chances are they were not prescribed for you either, and if you are a guy I am sure you don’t want to hear you are taking birth control products.

Over the past fifty years, researchers observed increases in endocrine-sensitive health outcomes. Breast and prostatic cancer incidence increased between 1969 and 1986 ; there was a four-fold increase in ectopic pregnancies (development of the fertilized egg outside of the uterus) in the U.S. between 1970 and 1987 ; the incidence of cryptorchidism (undescended testicles) doubled in the U.K. between 1960 and the mid 1980s ; and there was an approximately 42% decrease in sperm count worldwide between 1940 and 1990.

The most recent Candidate Contaminant List, the CCL3, released in October 2009, includes some important drinking water contaminants, including endocrine disruptors such as perchlorate and various steroid hormones such as estriol, estrone, ethinyl estradiol, and mestranol.

bottled pure water warningBottled Water Myth: Bottled water is safer.

Bottled Water Fact: Bottled water can be from any source and treated in any manner. The two largest brands of bottled water in Canada, Coca-Cola’s Dasani and Pepsi’s Aquafina brands use filtered municipal tap water from Brampton, Ontario, and Calgary, Alberta. The NRDC found plenty of bacteria and chemicals in bottled water, including arsenic and methylene chloride.

The bottled water industry is the most unregulated resource industry in the U.S. and Canada. Often, corporations pay very little for the water they extract from the ground or the tap, and consumers pay 240 – 10,000 times more for bottled water than they would for tap water.

Bottled Water Quality

Bottled water has some fabulous pictures on the bottles showing cascading streams and waterfalls, beautiful mountains and more. Did you know most of it comes from tap water?.

Bottled water is not regulated like municipal water supplies and regular testing is not required or monitored like tap water is. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) did an extensive study and said:

“We found chemical contamination in all bottled waters tested. They contained disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue, and pain medication.”

The bottled water industry promotes an image of purity, but comprehensive testing by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveals a surprising array of chemical contaminants in every bottled water brand analyzed.

Unlike tap water, where consumers are provided with test results every year, the bottled water industry is not required to disclose the results of any contaminant testing that it conducts.

Going Green

Puritii Water FilterIf you are familiar with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the massive floating layer of plastic waste (bigger than the state of Texas) floating in the Pacific Ocean then you know we do not have a lot of time left.

We need to stop polluting our planet now, and using a reusable water container is an excellent step in the right direction.

Just think of how much we can help our planet by using a reusable water bottle (i.e. 1 Cruise ship of 2,000 passengers using reusable bottles vs plastic bottles = 2,000 less plastic bottles per trip) instead of buying bottled water. If we don’t do something right now it might get ugly…

Plastic Water Bottle Pollution

The production, transportation, and disposal of plastic water bottles cause serious environmental damage. As a result, North Americans are exploring more environmentally-friendly options, such as filling BPA-free plastic or stainless steel reusable bottles with tap water. Bottled water ranks as the second-largest commercial beverage sold in the United States on a volume basis. In Canada, it now outpaces the consumption of each of these beverages: coffee, tea, apple juice, and milk. An estimated 88% of water bottles are not recycled. We sent 65 million kilograms of PET beverage containers, many of the water bottles, to landfill or incineration in 2002 in Canada alone. These bottles take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade and may leak toxic additives into the groundwater. Plastic bottles are becoming the fastest growing form of municipal solid waste in the U.S. and Canada.

Cost Savings Over Buying Bottled Water

Another great bonus of using the Puritii Water bottle instead of drinking bottled water is how much money you can save. Have you ever traveled and bought bottled water at airports or Hotels? I have seen prices as high as $6 a bottle! One Puritii filter lasts for about 2 months, costs $54.95 (member price – and up to 60% discounts available on bulk purchases), and filters approx 50 gallons of water. Fifty gallons is the equivalent of 378 16.9 ounce bottles of water so multiply whatever you pay for bottled water times 378.

Puritii™ – Fresh, pure drinking water on the go without the cost and waste of bottled water or the need for an expensive water filtration system.

The Puritii™ Water Filtration System is a technological breakthrough in filtration design. It offers an effective and portable solution for ensuring the quality and purity of the water we drink, from both potable and non-potable sources. What’s in your water?