In pursuit of being able to drink the best kind of water they can on a regular basis, people have taken to purchasing all kinds of bottled water and using filters, but some experts say that tap water is just as good.
NPR interviewed different experts and ask about how tap water stacked up to the other options available.
First off, Dan Heil, a professor of health and human performance at Montana State University said that as long as the tap water flowing into people's homes meets all the health and safety standards, then it should be "perfectly fine."
Heil believes that with the prevalence of other options, the tap has become "underrated" in terms of being a source of healthy water....
Another interesting article on drinking water, well worth reading.
Sara Kiley Watson wrote: ...Water, just like cars, cell phones and shoes, is a part of the commercial market, says Ward. Purifying or adding minerals to water are ways to convince customers that one product is better than its competitors, even if in reality the only thing that changes about the water is the taste....
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Highly educational post, Jim. My mountain ancestors had a way of disinfecting water, but it led to some unpleasant side effects such as staggering, running off the road, and shooting holes in the roof. The process was outlawed before it was perfected, but it is still used in many remote areas today.
Lincoln Water System wrote: Treatment 1. The oldest process, highly effective since the 1930s, uses aeration, chlorination, detention and filtration. An exact amount of chlorine is added to the water in a large underground reservoir. The water is held in the reservoir for up to two hours. The iron and manganese form particles which are then trapped in the sand and gravel filters. The filters are cleaned every 120 hours using a process called backwashing. 2. The second process uses ozone technology. Ozone, an extremely strong oxidizer and disinfectant, reacts quickly with iron and manganese to form particles which are then removed in the filtration process.
The next step is vital to protecting the health of our community. Once the water passes through the filters, small but exact amounts of chlorine and ammonia are added. These chemicals combine to form a disinfectant called ‚Äúchloramine,‚ÄĚ which prevents the growth of bacteria in the City‚Äôs water distribution pipes. Finally, fluoride is added to help prevent tooth decay.
Hi Lurker, are you talking about distilled water, basically? I know distilled will suck the minerals, etc., which is why is not advised for drinking water.
Anyway, yeah, drinking any municipal tap water, well, I would never do it on a regular basis. Not only due to the chemical, and even bacteria, etc., content that's considered "safe", but because of what can travel along with the stream from pipe corrosion and buildup, interior and exterior. I use quality carbon filters as well and don't think many people replace them regularly which causes another set of issues.
One other thing about tap water is that brain eating parasites have been found. Sounds like I'm joking, but nope. Seems that ingesting them isn't a problem, but when the water reaches the sinus cavity, the touble begins. This is why any sort of sinus relief kits, like those netti pots, etc., will always warn against using tap water.
Jo Hensen wrote: The American Water Works Association (AWWA) held a Best of the Best ‚Äď Tap Water Taste Test yesterday at their annual conference in Chicago. This is the 5th year that the AWWA has held the competition in an attempt to prove that tap water is better than bottled water. There were a total of 21 municipal water sample finalists. The 2010 winner was the Stevens Point Water Department in Wisconsin, 2nd place was awarded to New York City with Lincoln, NE and Silverdale, WA tying for 3rd!...
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Locally, the small city of Fremont in Nebraska seems to keep winning the tap water taste test.
For the out-of-towners in England this should be informative. [URL=https://tinyurl.com/yckrllc2]]]https://tinyurl.com/yckrllc2. (The great tap water taste test--What's the best-tasting tap water in Britain?)[/URL]
Tap water can mean different things; some people get their water from a well, others have different city systems, and they are not all the same. In Florida I read of a pollution problem caused by dry cleaners dumping their chemicals onto the ground, which polluted the groundwater. Residences nearby, using wells, had to stop using water for anything, not even showering (well, I guess it would get their clothes clean without detergents, and maybe their cars too).
And frequently, at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport, they cover up the drinking fountains whenever a construction crew in the area cuts through a water line, decreasing the pressure. I saw a short video on a commercial weather channel that mentioned this tap vs bottled issue in relation to hurricane preparedness. Although it confused the county mayor with the city mayor, it still made good sense. Another problem is the growth of bacteria in water bottles that people refill with tap water.
One of my business interests in the past was carwashing. I had two locations for over 30 years with self serve as well as automatic bays.
Most I'm sure are familiar with the term Spot Free Rinse which is reverse osmosis filtered water. No spots because all spot producing minerals have been removed. Bottled water is produced by the same RO filtering process regardless of the fancy names they label it as.
In the carwashing industry it's called hungry water because it wants to equalize with whatever it comes in contact with. In that regard it's quite corrosive over time and can actually dissolve and re-suspend metal and minerals such as hard water scale.
In the body it actually has the ability to deplete necessary minerals as it seeks to normalize itself with its surroundings.
It is far healthier to use municipal water and filter it with a high quality carbon filter to remove chlorine and a few other harmful municipal additives as well as bad smells while leaving necessary minerals in the water.
We tested our tap water a couple of years ago and found it surprising good. Still, simply due to taste, I prefer bottled water. My doctor insists that I drink a lot of it, and buying and drinking bottled water is the only way I can comply.
Not so with the Lord and that city to come:
Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and ye that have no silver, come, buy and eat: come, I say, buy wine and milk without silver and without money. Wherefore do ye lay out silver, and not for bread? and your labor without being satisfied? hearken diligently unto me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight in fatness. Incline your ears, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live, and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. - Isaiah 55:1-3
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God, and of the Lamb. - Revelation 22:1
Lincoln tap water is pretty good, especially when you add coffee to it.
Lincoln Water System wrote: Special Health Requirements
While the presence of chloramines in our water is not a cause for concern among the general public, home dialysis patients, immuno-compromised individuals and aquarium owners must take special precautions before the water can be used.
Water used for kidney dialysis equipment may require further treatment. Please contact your doctor or dialysis technician to ensure that your home equipment is adequate and proper tests are being made every time it is used.
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. This includes immuno-compromised persons, such as those with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, those who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly people and infants. These customers... should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. USEPA/CDC guidelines on how to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available by calling the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.