As human beings, we need to drink … constantly. Whether it's in the form of juice, tea, coffee or other beverages, liquid is vital to our biological makeup. Our bodies consist of 80% fluids, of which approximately 72% is water. Experts agree we get the best benefits from drinking water and, because water is viewed as clean and natural, most of us assume that any old water will do. That can be a foolish and even dangerous assumption! Not all water is safe, healthy and nourishing.
According to an article from Web MD, when you purchase water you don't necessarily get what you pay for… "Vitamins, color, herbs, protein, and all the other additions to water — those are a marketing ploy," says Marion Nestle, Ph.D., professor of nutrition studies at New York University. Plain, untampered-with water is always best.
Water That Kills
If you want to have a healthier body and budget, ditch the individual water bottles. While convenient, all that plastic quickly fills up your trash or recycling bin, can contain additives and — in some cases — is nothing more than water straight from a tap. Purchasing cases of bottled water just doesn't make sense when you consider the cost over time), the waste (plastic bottles end up in landfills) and the uncertainty of water quality. These are budget- and environment-killers.
Purchasing large jugs of water is less expensive, but leaves you with a storage issue. You can only house so many of those heavy, cumbersome bottles. Did you know that one gallon of water weighs approximately 8.33 lbs.? Therefore, lifting a 5 gallon bottle of water is equivalent to lifting more than 40 lbs. Plus, the question of water quality may still be an issue.
According to the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), "…the manufacture of plastic bottles can release phathalates, or other by-products of plastic-making into the environment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, while more research is needed to determine the harmful effects of phthalates among humans, phthalates given at very high doses to animals during pregnancy may produce birth defects among offspring."
What About Tap Water? Let's Try an Experiment
Grab one of your empty, used water bottles. Fill it up with water from your kitchen or bathroom tap. Put the cap on the bottle and let it sit on your countertop for a couple of months. Don't open the bottle, and don't put it in the refrigerator. Would you feel comfortable drinking the water from that bottle after two months? Three months? How about even after just four weeks? How long has the water been sitting in the bottles that you purchased? There's no way to tell.
If you're going to drink tap water, we advise that you get it tested. If you live in the city, chances are your water is being chlorinated at the municipal level. The National Resources Defense Council conducted a study on the drinking water systems of 19 cities and found that pollution, old pipes and outdated treatment threaten tap water quality.
The report states, "Many cities around the country rely on pre-World War I-era water delivery systems and treatment technology. Aging pipes can break, leach contaminants into the water they carry and breed bacteria — all potential prescriptions for illness. And old-fashioned water treatment — built to filter out particles in the water and kill some parasites and bacteria — generally fails to remove 21st-century contaminants like pesticides, industrial chemicals and arsenic."
They go on to cite Atlanta, Albuquerque, San Francisco and Fresno as having extremely poor systems offering little to no protection.
If you live in a rural area, you're probably getting your water from a well. The CDC states, "Many people in the United States receive their water from private ground water wells. EPA regulations that protect public drinking water systems do not apply to privately owned wells. As a result, owners of private wells are responsible for ensuring that their water is safe from contaminants. Pesticides, leaking septic systems, fertilizer and other substances can reach the ground water level and cause illness in those who consume it."
The Best Option for the Cleanest Water?
By far, one of the most convenient and safest sources of water is water that has been filtered right in your own home or business. You have full control of how often the filters are changed so you know the source of water is pure.
With so many filtration and water cooler options these days, you can easily install a countertop bottleless water cooler that produces cold and/or hot water or a whole-house water filtration system. Have questions about which is best for your application? Contact us! We're always ready to help.