FILTRATION IS ESSENTIAL
GET HEALTHY WATER
The water that is essential for life can also be source of disease. Many water treatment facilities, which we rely on for our showers, faucets, etc., have some level of contaminates, microbes, toxic substances. Some of these impurities are the result of treating the water with chlorine and chlorate. If the water you are drinking, breathing in in the shower, and cooking your food with has toxic elements, the chemicals and pollutants may cause serious health problems.
THE SOURCE MATTERS
DON'T TOTALLY TRUST THE TAP
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, found that in 2015 (the most recent year available), one-quarter of Americans drank water from systems that violated rules set by the Safe Drinking Water Act. (And that doesn't include the more than 13 million private well systems exempt from federal safety requirements.) Scores more municipalities operate on leaky, lead-laden infrastructure. At least 6 million city water pipes in the U.S. are made of the metal, which is so dangerous there is no acceptable safe level, and many local governments have thin budgets for replacement, says Erik Olson, director of health and food at the NRDC.
It's not just bad plumbing that could be junking up your faucet's flow. Some lakes, rivers, and groundwater are polluted by worrisome levels of natural compounds like arsenic, human-made chemicals, and agricultural runoff such as animal waste, fertilizers, and pesticides. The treatment plants designed to remove contaminants don't always operate up to par (most use century-old technology). Sometimes residents aren't immediately told when issues are found.
CONTAMINATES & CHEMICALS IN CITY WATER
No federal regulations require municipalities to maintain water supplies with PFCs below a certain level. The EPA issued a non-binding health advisory level, but many experts think it’s still too high.
Perfluorinated chemicals — or PFCs — are potentially dangerous contaminants in the water supply. PFCs are manufactured chemical compounds that make common household products more resistant to stains, grease, and water.
You may also be interested in how to deal with fluoride or chlorine in tap water. Municipal water suppliers add chlorine to drinking water to keep disease-causing organisms, or pathogens, from contaminating the water supply. It does protect people from water-borne diseases but can react with other naturally-occurring elements to form toxins called trihalomethanes (THMs). THMs have been linked to a wide range of health conditions, including asthma, eczema, bladder cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women who consume a high volume of chlorinated tap water can be at a higher risk of miscarriage, according to some studies. Different water filter types in systems — including point of entry, faucet of refrigerator dispenser can help remove chlorine.
THE CITY OF RALEIGH
The following contaminates were found in test results conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (January 2019 - March 2019). It should be noted, however, that the city's tap water was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.
CITY OF RALEIGH
Other detected contaminants included bromide, chlorate, diabromoacetic acid, flouride, haloacetic acid (HAA5), monobromolacetic acid, monochloroacetic acid, strontium, and thallium.
Although generally safe to drink and use, hard water can cause a variety of problems related to skin, hair, cleaning, and appliance use. Hard water can leave your skin and hair feeling dry and brittle. It can leave stains and soapy buildup on dishes, textiles, and surfaces, and mineral buildup in water heaters, boilers, sinks and shower areas.
ELEMENTS IN WELL WATER
In well water, or hard water, other elements can be present besides hydrogen and oxygen.
Calcium Magnesium Iron Manganese Aluminum
BENEFITS OF A WATER SOFTENER