How Pollutants Get in Your Drinking Water
There are three major pollutants in tap water: heavy metals that usually come from plumbing, pollution in the air that descends with rainfall and pesticides that end up in our water sources.
However, there are other pollutants entering our water supplies. If you live in an area where natural gas is being sourced by fracking, analyze your water for pollutants. A relatively new drilling technology, fracking makes it possible to reach natural gas. Formally known as hydraulic fracturing, fracking is the use of sand, water, and undisclosed chemicals injected at high pressures to blast open shale rock and release the trapped gas inside.
Parasites and bacteria can get into the water either through leakage from the pipes or water stagnation. Drinking water supplies in the United States are among the safest in the world, but according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, even in the U.S., drinking water sources can become contaminated, causing sickness and disease from waterborne germs.
Pharmaceuticals enter our water supply via the urine we secrete and unused medications flushed down the toilet. It has been found that pharmaceuticals end up in our water supplies, and eventually, in our tap water because water treatment plants are designed to neutralize biological hazards, such as bacteria, but not pollutants such as antibiotics.
Another source of toxicity in the water is the plastic bottles that the water is stored in. Plastic bottles tend to leach cancer-causing petrochemicals into the water. The safety of a bottle is rated by its Resin ID number listed at the bottom of the container. According to mercola.com “you should generally avoid plastics labeled #7, #3 or #6, while those that may be somewhat safer include #1, #2, #4 and #5.” A study found that the longer a bottle sits on a shelf, the higher the levels of a chemical called antimony was present in the water. Exposure to light also affects the levels of chemicals leached into the water.
Drinking clean and safe water is one way to prevent illness. Because we live close to a large metropolitan area, our family purifies water in two steps: we boil the water and let it cool off first, then we put it through a carbon-based filtration system. We have found that the result is clean tasting, alkaline water.
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