While water from the tap may be the most convenient, practical and cheapest way to have drinking water, it has its downsides. Tap water can have a lot of harmful contaminants. The types and amount of contaminants present in the water depend on your location.
While it is common knowledge that tap water isn’t all that safe to drink, it might surprise you that the majority of the US population actually drink tap water on a regular basis. Here are statistical data we found from Sustainable Brands:
- 71% of Americans drink tap water at least sometimes.
- Only 12% mentioned that they never drank tap water.
- 75% of those from higher income households ($80k+) drink tap water at least sometimes and only 53% of them are concerned about contaminants.
- 68% from lower income households (under $40k) drink tap water at least sometimes and 59% of them are concerned about contaminants.
From the statistics, we can see that there is a lack of understanding with how detrimental tap water can be to one’s health. It can also be seen that this ignorance does not escape and is even more evident in high income households.
Stumbling upon this article, you might already know the potential negative health impacts of tap water and may already have a whole house water filter. That or you are planning to get one. Regardless, we hope we’ve shared with you more insights regarding tap water.
Why You Need Whole House Water Filters
While it is common knowledge that tap water isn’t ideal for drinking, a lot of people still don’t know the gravity of the potential consequences of drinking tap water. To give you an idea, here’s just some of the contaminants that may be present in your water:
- Lead – can cause increased blood pressure, higher incidence of hypertension, reproductive problems with both men and women, kidney problems and has been linked to cancer. Children are more vulnerable to lead than adults. Lead can cause permanent brain damage to children.
- Mercury – can cause brain and kidney damage.
- Cysts – these are parasites that cause intestinal issues such as diarrhea and intestinal cramps.
- Iron – drinking water with high amounts of iron can damage healthy skin cells. Too much iron in water can cause early onsets of wrinkles. Iron also causes staining.
- Chlorine – Can damage the hair, cause skin to dry and irritate eyes and nose.
A lot of people have the wrong belief that tap water is safe and clean. You only need to realize that the network of pipes span across a city and it only takes a simple leak, corrosion or damage to get the water contaminated. The water and sewer pipelines in America is 1.6 million miles.
Even herbicides and pesticides can get into the water. Sinkholes and improper switching to a new water supply have also caused major contaminations. Moreover, millions of lead pipes are yet to be replaced.
A national survey of lead service line occurrence published by the Journal of the American Water Works in 2016 stated that approximately 30% of the surveyed water systems have lead service lines and that there’s at least 6.1 million lead pipes across America.
Some of these pipes are more than a century old. You can only imagine its contribution to the contamination of lead in the water. Can you still say that tap water is safe to drink?
Do Whole House Filters Remove Beneficial Minerals?
While whole house water filters remove harmful contaminants in the water, it can make one question if the filters also remove beneficial minerals. This largely depends on the type of water filter that you choose.
With the AquaOx Whole House System, harmful contaminants are removed but beneficial minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium are not. However, Calcium and Magnesium being left in the water can lead to hard water.
The significance of these beneficial minerals being left in the water is that some people can experience bodily dysfunctions such as cramps when these minerals are removed. It is also important to note that hard water is not a health hazard.
Hard water though can cause scale buildup on appliances, plumbing fixtures and spotting on dishware.
How to Fix Hard Water
A simple solution to hard water is adding a water softener that gets rid of these minerals. The water softener works through a process of ion exchange. Through this process, hard water is turned to softened water.
Softened water does not have traces of magnesium and calcium which means there won’t be any build up of scale on appliances, damage to your home’s piping and other problems that is caused by hard water.
Never believe that tap water is clean and safe to drink. Especially when those opinions come from people who are not water experts. You might have even heard people say that no one has ever died of tap water.
But according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there’s an estimated 485,000 diarrhoeal deaths each year due to contaminated drinking water. The WHO also stated that at least 2 billion people have a drinking water source that’s contaminated with faeces.
That’s over 25% of the global population! There can be a lot of harmful contaminants present in water and this depends on your location. These contaminants can cause irreversible bodily damage after a long time of regularly being ingested.
It’s a smart and wise idea to use water filters to ensure what goes into your system is clean and safe. Water filters remove contaminants in the water. Depending on the type of water filter, they may leave out beneficial minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
Leaving out these minerals in the water can cause the water to be hard. Hard water is not a health hazard but it does have its downsides. To amend hard water, you can use a water softener.
We hope that we were able to give you value and help clarify things that may have been confusing for you. Share this article to your family and friends so they may also know more about the dangers of tap water and the advantages of having a whole house water filter.
If you have any more questions, let us know! It would be our pleasure to help you know more about water filtration.