A Home Water Filter - Do
We Need To Filter Our Drinking Water?
by: Andie Klein
Do we really need a home water filter? Can't we just
assume the water that flows from our kitchen and bathroom tap is sufficiently
treated for contaminants by our municipal water facility? In order to
answer these questions, we need to obtain a little more background information.
Next to air, water is the most important element for our survival.
Water is an integral part of our life and we use it for many household
tasks throughout the day, such as: drinking and brushing our teeth, steaming
fish and vegetables, washing salad greens, face and hand washing, showering
and bathing, feeding the pets and watering our plants.
Most of us take it for granted that our tap water is safe to drink and
use for common household tasks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), however, estimates that 45,000,000 people drink tap water that
is polluted with chemicals, lead, germs, parasites and other impurities.
A large majority of the major U.S. cities still employ the same basic
water treatment technologies that have been used since before World War
I. In cities such as Atlanta, Boston and Washington, D.C. consumers are
relying on pipes that are, on average, over a century old. Many people
don’t realize that our municipal water treatment plants are not
designed to remove synthetic chemicals and as a result we find traces
of health threatening contaminants in most of our public water supplies.
Situations arise when our tap water is polluted with more than the usual
amount of contaminants. Municipal treatment plants have breakdowns that
take time to repair. Lead leaches into our drinking water from old pipes
and private wells. Smaller water-supply sources can become contaminated
from agricultural and other environmental pollutants.
It is difficult to be sure of the exact amount of toxins in our water
supply. The EPA has estimated that, in our modern society, we use in excess
of 75,000 toxic chemicals and more than 1000 new chemicals are developed
each year. The Ralph Nader Research Group‚ after reviewing thousands
of pages of EPA documents acquired through the Freedom of Information
Act‚ concluded that to date more than 2100 toxic chemicals have
already been detected in U.S. water supplies.
Our planet earth reuses the same water over and over again, which means
there is no "new water". Every single chemical used in our society, eventually
winds up in our water supplies. As the use of synthetic organic chemicals
increases, so does the toxicity of our water. The earth's natural filtration
process is not effective at removing these toxic synthetic organic chemicals.
The human body is made up of over 70% water. The proper function of each
organ system, as well as every healing process that happens inside our
body, takes place with water. Optimal functioning is only possible when
water, our body's transport medium is clean. Wastes form during the body's
metabolism and if these wastes are allowed to accumulate through insufficient
water intake, fatigue and even illness results.
If we drink water that contains chlorine or other organic and inorganic
chemicals, we force our liver and kidneys to act as a filter for these
contaminants. The liver purifies and detoxifies the blood of waste products
and toxins. In addition to regulating the body's water balance and maintaining
optimal pH, the kidney also removes metabolic waste products from the
By providing the liver and kidneys with water, a universal solvent and
transport medium, they are assisted in their role as a natural body filter.
Bombarding these organs with water that contains traces of additional
toxins only hinders the body detoxification process and delays waste removal.
Water may not cure every ailment, but it is a primary ingredient that
allows our body to dilute and eliminate toxins that have accumulated over
What Can We Do To Provide Healthy Water For Our Family?
The simplest, most effective and also the most economical way to treat
municipal tap water is a home water filter. Multi-media water filters
that combine activated carbon with iron exchange media such as KDF are
an excellent choice.
Carbon and KDF work together to remove or reduce traces of contaminants
such as chlorine, lead, Cryptosporidium and Giardia cysts, synthetic chemicals,
volatile organic compounds (VOCs), MTBE, pesticides (lindane, atrazine),
chemicals linked to cancer (benzene, TTHMs, toxaphene) and hundreds of
other chemical contaminants that may be present causing bad taste and
odors in your drinking water.
The result is healthy, great-tasting water that still contains natural
trace minerals that are beneficial to optimal wellbeing and health.
© Copyright 2005 Andie Klein
About The Author
Andie Klein is a Registered Nurse and webmaster of http://www.home-water-filter-guide.com.
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