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Why I Don’t Trust Tap Water (And Neither Should You!)

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Because water is paramount to good health, it’s one thing you don’t want to take for granted – and yet, many of us do. I used to fall into that camp myself. I never gave much thought to the water that I drank because I was raised drinking tap water. Like many, I’d turn on the tap, fill my glass and gulp it down. But one day I had a rude awakening. I noticed that the dish rack appeared very dirty, with reddish stains showing on the drain pan and black deposits visible on the crevices of the rack itself. I thought it was a bit odd. I had never noticed it before and chalked it up to the kids not washing something properly and the residue likely dripped all over the dish rack.

I gave the rack a good scrub and didn’t give it another thought, until a few days later when I noticed the same types of stains and deposits on the dish rack again. Within a few days the dish rack looked as though it had not been cleaned in months! And this time I knew it was not the result of my children’s sloppy dish washing habits, because they were away on a ski trip.

As I stared at the dish rack I was filled with a sense of revulsion because I knew that the stains on the rack and pan were the result of water, clean tap water that I had rinsed the dishes with, dripping onto the rack and pan – the very same water that was deemed clean and safe by the city, and which I drank freely each and every day. I knew one thing for sure: clean water does not leave dirty deposits. This realization sent me on a quest to learn what could be at the root of these stains and deposits – and what I learned was very unsettling.

We assume that municipal tap water is clean and safe. In fact, if you had asked me about the tap water in my city I would have boasted that, in my opinion, it was the best in the world! It tasted great and had no discernible smell to it like the heavily chlorinated tap water I had tasted in larger cities. However, great taste does not necessarily mean that the water is clean and safe. When I did a little research on tap water I was more than a little surprised. Here is what I found: Though municipal water (tap water) is treated to combat disease-causing bacteria and micro organisms, there’s a whole lot more in tap water than dead bacteria, chlorine, fluoride, and aluminium sulphate (yes, in some areas aluminium sulphate is used to make the water appear clear!).

Tap water can also contain all kinds of other goodies that leach into our water supply through run off and aging pipes, and local water treatment does not address this. The addition of chlorine to drinking water only addresses the threat of bacteria – it does not address: contaminants from industrial plants, pesticides and herbicides from farming and gardening, animal waste, rust, dirt, sludge, antibiotics or other pharmaceuticals, or metals such as lead and copper. A frightening discovery for this tap water drinker, because these elements show up in tap water all over the world. In some areas of the world chlorine resistant bacteria such as Giardia, which is a definite threat to health, have also been discovered in treated municipal water. After my investigation I knew one thing for sure – I did not want any of those things in the water I drank, bathed with, or washed my veggies in.

So what’s the solution? Well, some people resort to bottled water, but in my mind bottled water is not a viable alternative for many reasons. First of all, it’s a poor choice environmentally speaking. Even though plastic water bottles can be recycled, we can certainly make better use of the resources and energy required for manufacturing and recycling plastic bottles. Second, it’s insanely costly. Can you imagine the cost of cleaning your food and dishes with bottled water, let alone the cost of relying on bottled water as the only source for your drinking water?! And third – you may be surprised to learn, as I was, that bottled water is not necessarily any better than tap water. Sometimes it is not treated at all. It’s obtained straight from a reservoir which may be contaminated with all manner of things, natural and otherwise, and other times bottled water is derived from the same source as the water from your tap…

In my mind, there is only one safe and healthy solution: filtered water – more specifically, water that is purified through a process known as reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis purifies water by filtering water under pressure through a very fine, semi-permeable membrane, trapping toxins and contaminants which are too large to pass through the membrane. Reverse osmosis is simple and practical because it utilizes the water that is delivered to your home through your municipal water system, and the result is a cost effective means of ridding your water of toxins and impurities while delivering clean, clear, great tasting water!

If you’re at all concerned about the quality of your water, or you simply want to be certain, you should choose an Aquasafe Home Reverse Osmosis System. An Aquasafe Home Reverse Osmosis system will remove all contaminants from water, including THM’s and HAA’s, producing guaranteed safe water you can count on every time. And it’s only a few cents per liter! Shop online and save today.

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