Updated: Jul 27, 2021
“Water is life and clean water means health” ~Audrey Hepburn
There is no life without water. We are dependent on it, and uor body is made up of more than 70% water. Water helps in the delivery of oxygen to our heart and transportation of minerals and nutrients in our body. In order to be healthy, we have to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
There are Harmful Chemicals in Tap Water
As abundant as water is on this earth, unfortunately, it’s equally challenging to find clean water free of chemicals. Tap water can contain thousands of chemicals that are extremely harmful for our health. City water is treated with chlorine which is generally related with the birth of cancer cells (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/02/03/tap-water-chlorine-may-have-cancer-link-johns-hopkins-study/2854631001/). Toxic forever chemicals are abundant in water (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/01/pfas-contamination-safe-drinking-water-study/). PFAs is a short word for poly and perfluoroalkyl substances, a class of more than 4000 different chemicals, and they are everywhere. Including our blood! In tests of 44 different taps in 31 states, the EWG (Environment Working Group) found that 43 exceeded a limit they deem safe by their own standards.
When we use soaps, harsh cleaners, and toxic detergents in our house, they all end up in treatment plant. During the water treatment process not all the chemicals can be removed. Therefore there are limits on the amounts of these dangerous chemicals that are allowed in drinking water. (https://drinktap.org/Water-Info/Questions-About-Water/The-Water-Cycle). Ever wondered why tap water often times tastes and smells bad? Yes, it’s those chemicals you might have just poured down the drain.
The Cost of Water Bottles
Some of us find a solution to this problem by buying water bottles. Water bottles create high amounts of pollution. They are created from fossil fuels and even making of water bottles creates toxic air and water pollution. We waste about 4L of clean water in the process of filling a 1L water bottle. After use, they get thrown in the landfills and oceans and create havoc. By 2050 we will have more plastic in oceans than fish by weight. Not only that, water bottles are very expensive. Here is a typical estimate for the cost of water from Pinterest.
A word about water filters
I want to share a word about water filters. There are many kinds available in the market. A very popular kind of water filters are RO water filters (Reverse Osmosis). But they have some drawbacks. One of the major disadvantages of RO systems for the home is that they remove most of the minerals from the water leaving it with an acidic pH. Also, during the purification process, up to 20 gal of water is flushed down the drain for every gallon of filtered water produced (https://www.wwdmag.com/membranes-reverse-osmosis/pros-and-cons-reverse-osmosis-water-filtration-systems#:~:text=One%20of%20the%20major%20disadvantages%20of%20RO%20systems,drain%20for%20every%20gallon%20of%20filtered%20water%20produced.). Not only that, RO water systems are also expensive and can’t be easily afforded by everyone.
In their efforts to find a cheaper solution, many people resort to water filter jugs (Brita, Pur). While they might seem cheaper to afford the first time, they end up costing more in the long run because the filters need changed often. They are also not as effective and need filling often. It is also not practical to have enough clean water for cooking.
In my quest to find a perfect water filter system I have found two great solutions. Berkey water filters are stainless steel countertop water filters and come in different sizes. They might seem expensive in the beginning, but they provide more than a year of endless, excellent quality water. If you are looking for an inline water filter for the refrigerator or directly from the faucet, Pure Earth Technologies has the best and most cost efficient water filters.
Water at the Zero-Waste Store
reTHink's Zero-Waste Community Store sells Pure Earth Technologies water filters which can then be easily installed in your home. Our shop has these available for the same price as the online discounted prices from the manufacturer's website. For Berkey water filters, we have an affiliate link here. We also sell metal reusable water bottles and coffee mugs that are better than their plastic counterparts for both you and the planet.
Let’s invest in ourselves and drink clean water without harming the planet. Please contact me or reTHink if you have any questions about water quality and water filters.