Water filters offer a wide range of benefits. Curious on why you should be using a filter rather than drinking tap or bottled water? Read ahead...
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- Drinking impure, contaminated water is the leading cause of epidemic disease in developing countries.
- There are more than 2100 known drinking water contaminants that may be present in tap water, including several known poisons.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posts a daunting list of possible drinking water contaminants, ranging from various microorganisms, disinfectants, disinfectant byproducts, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals and radionuclides.
- Municipal water treatment facilities cannot always control for the outbreak of dangerous bacterial contaminants in tap water.
- Several types of cancer can be attributed to the presence of toxic materials in drinking water.
- Clean, healthy drinking water is essential to a child’s proper mental and physical development.
- According to the EPA, lead in drinking water contributes to 480,000 cases of learning disorders in children each year in the United States alone.
It is especially important for pregnant women to drink pure water as lead in drinking water can cause severe birth defects.
- Bottled water is expensive and may not be as clean as tap water or filtered water
Since bottled water is considered a food, it is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration — unlike municipally treated water that is regulated by the stricter EPA. It is not always possible to trust that all bottled water is of the highest quality and free of contaminants. The Natural Resources Defense Council studied bottled water extensively in 1999. The findings contrasted the image of purity advertised by bottled water companies. The studies found bottled water to actually be tap water much of the time — perhaps as often as 40 percent of the time. For more on bottled water read our post about The Truth on Bottled Water.
- Bottled water may leach chemicals from the bottle into the water, and then into your body when you drink it.
The chemicals in the plastic bottle also end up polluting the environment during manufacture and after the bottle is discarded. The use of so much plastic is a drain on remaining petroleum sources — the non-renewable natural resource.
- Water filters reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disease by more than 33 percent by removing cryptosporidium and giardia from drinking water.
- Water filters provide better tasting and better smelling drinking water by removing chlorine and bacterial contaminants.
- The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.