How Pure is Your Water?


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"How Pure is Your Water?" is a new FREE mini eMagazine. Here is the table of contents:

1. Bottled versus Tap Water
2. How Pure is Bottled Water?
3. Clean Water Facts
4. Water Filtration at the Tap
5. Water Filtration for the Whole House

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How Pure is Your Water?

  1. 1. Old FashionedHomemakingPresentsBrought to you byhttp://www.oldfashionedhomemaking.comHow Pure is Your Water?
  2. 2. Bottled versus Tap WaterThis is the big question. With the “greening” of the earth, the question hassurfaced again. Is there really a difference between bottled water and tapwater? If so, which is best for you?Did You Know?There are almost 60,000 public water systems in the United States. They takecare of your waste water as well as drinking water for communities all overthe country. Public water systems are regulated by the EPA (EnvironmentalProtection Agency). They provide strict guidelines as to the types ofparticulates that can be present in water and their levels.Water facilities have to provide a CCR (consumer confidence report) each yearto the government. This is how they catch violations and makerecommendations to rectify them.
  3. 3. When it comes to bottled water, it is overseen by the Food and DrugAdministration. Similar standards are used but the EPA is stricter on publicwater systems. Water bottling companies have to use sanitary conditions tobottle their water. They are also required to regularly test source water andfinal bottled products for contaminant levels. The source water must also bekept bacteria free.If you own a well or use well water, these sources are not regulated by thegovernment. Testing your water with a government lab is one way to find outjust what is in it and how safe it truly is.Which Is Better?Which one you choose depends on you and your tastes. For all intents andpurposes, tap water is safe to drink. Because of the strict regulations, any highlevels of certain contaminants are investigated and rectified by thegovernment. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t spikes from time totime in certain contaminants in the water system.On the other hand, with bottled water, you may be getting glorified tap water.In order for a bottled water to be labeled “purified” it has to have changed thewater in some way. It could be as simple as filtering tap water. Even if it isspring water or from a cold mountain stream that doesn’t guarantee that itwill taste better, and taste is what people go for if they are going to buy waterin a bottle. Your own tap water may taste better.Even with the level of contaminants being considered, if you like your tapwater, a tap filter can provide the extra confidence you need that the watersupply is safe. In the long run you will spend less for it than on bottled water.
  4. 4. In answer to people’s concerns, there are more choices for cleaner water.Filtering systems for the entire home, taps and for water bottles providewater that is more filtered to suit a variety of needs.Check the labels and the source of the water you are drinking to determine ifbottled or tap is best for you.Bottled Water - How Pure Is It Really?Pure is such a buzz word especially when it comes to water. Since bottledwater popped on the scene in the 90s, people have wondered about the waterthat flows through the tap in their home. Is bottled water better? With all theclaims that are made by these companies about their waters, are they really aspure as they say?Bottled Water RegulationTap water flows from community water systems. These are regulated by theEPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and required to submit testingreports annually to the government.Bottled water is a bit different. It is regulated by the FDA (Food and DrugAdministration) like any other food product. Bottlers are required to regularlytest their source water as well as perform quality control on their bottledproducts for safety and contaminant levels. They must also bottle water usingsanitary practices and monitor the source for any contamination.
  5. 5. PurityPure depends on your standards. Read the label on your water bottle and seewhere the source water comes from. If it is a municipal supply then it isfiltered or distilled tap water you are paying for. And, since you already payfor water, you are paying twice for the same thing.It is true that the tap water must be further purified in some way for bottlersto label it such, but you don’t know to what extent this process was carriedout. The EPA already employs regulations on community water supplies.When it comes to bottled water, what is left in is just as important as what isfiltered out. For instance, certain levels of beneficial minerals like calcium andmagnesium are important to health and therefore present in tap water. Thelevels may be lower in bottled water. This is not the case with all bottledwaters. Some of the more expensive ones do provide more healthy minerals.But, these same minerals can be gleaned from the water in your home.The level of minerals in bottled water can be helpful to some. For babies,making formula with bottled water can be a healthier option for those whoseimmune systems are still developing. For those with immune-compromisedsystems, bottled water can also offer a healthier option.For the majority of us, though, if you compare the mineral content of bottledwater with that of your tap water, you may find the differences unremarkable.It depends on your taste and your health needs.As far as purity is concerned, many experts say that bottled water is just assafe as tap water. It may provide a few more minerals but you are paying anexorbitant price for them. Instead, ask for changes in regulations on watersources.
  6. 6. Clean Water FactsWater is something that every person needs but it is not always available. Youwould think that with the majority of the earth’s surface being covered withwater, this wouldn’t be the case. However, you might be surprised at some ofthe facts uncovered about water.Our bodies are over 60 percent water. You can go for several weeks withoutfood but no more than about a week without water. It is essential for all life, sowhy are so many people living without decent access to clean water?Some Startling FactsDid you know that almost 800 million people lack access to clean water? Toprovide a reference, that is more than 2.5 times the population of the UnitedStates. Where are these people? They live in Africa, Latin and South America,the Caribbean and all across Asia. Even a small percentage of people (about 7percent) in developed countries are without clean water access.Clean water access means water for drinking, cooking, sanitation and bathing.When clean water isn’t available, people do the best they can to find waterthat is tolerable for their needs. Each year, over 3 million people die fromwater-related diseases. Unclean water can harbor bacteria that can lead toillness and death. Poor sanitation also breeds disease. Just about all the deathsreported were in developing nations; many of them were children.With the population of the earth increasing, many of the population booms areseen in developing nations that already have poor sanitation and water issues.This fuels the development of slums, overcrowding and more competition forwhat water is usable. It also means more deaths resulting from lack of cleanwater.
  7. 7. The average household in America uses over 100,000 gallons of water a year.The amount of water that is used for a 5-minute shower is more than mostpeople in developing countries would use in a day. This is not to faultdeveloped nations, but to show the disparity between them and a largemajority of the world’s population.If you have a toilet then you are fortunate. Over a billion people don’t haveproper hygiene facilities to separate waste. You are likely to find more mobilephones than toilets in the world. It is the disease that is caused by excrementwaste that makes most people sick. Did you know that diarrhea accounts forover a million deaths each year in the world?The water we have is all that there is. Water is the most common substance onearth. It moves through the three element forms -solid, liquid and gas –repeatedly. We have the water; it is a matter of getting it to the areas that needit. Ninety-seven percent of water is found in oceans and seas.Now that you know the clean water facts, maybe you can find a way to make adifference.Water Filtration at the TapWith the advent of bottled water there has also been an increase in waterfilters to answer the call for safer and cleaner water. Water filtration at the tapis a viable option for those who want better tasting water.The battle between bottled and tap water rages on. Water at the tap comesfrom community water systems that are monitored by the federal government(EPA) for safety. Water facilities are required to report yearly to thegovernment on contaminant levels. Any violations will be addressed.
  8. 8. Even so, water quality is still a question for people who want better taste andlower chemical levels - even if they are within safe health limits. One option isto further filter your own water.If you have well water, the water quality is not regulated. Independent testingis needed to learn what contaminants are present in your water and at whatlevels before choosing a filter.One reason for placing water filters on taps is for safer and/or better tastingdrinking water. After all, you wash clothing and bathe in the same water thatcomes from the tap. But if you want cleaner water for drinking and cooking,this type of filter will work.Tap Water FiltersThis is how they work. A faucet mount water filter is easy to attach. Most justscrew on to the faucet on your sink. When water passes through the line, itpasses through a screen that removes sediment that is present in the water.A block of carbon is used to further filter the water. It acts like a sponge toremove chlorine and other chemicals. Water flows slower through a filter togive the carbon time to absorb as many chemicals as possible. A tap waterfilter removes contaminant particles over 10 microns in size.Which type of filter you use depends on your needs. For instance, tap filtersare available in water bottles and carafes. If your family drinks a lot of water,then a faucet attachment is more economical than a carafe filter.Filters vary on length of use and type of contaminants removed. If filters haveto be replaced too often, choose another brand. Check to see what types ofcontaminants each product removes and if your water contains them.
  9. 9. Benefits of Water Filtration at the TapLess contaminants – Harmful lead and other substances are removed fromyour drinking water right before consuming it.Cheaper than bottled water – You can be assured of what contaminants arebeing removed and the quality of your water. And, it’s cheaper and greenerthan buying bottled water.Fresh water when you want it – Every drink of water will taste the same:good. It is healthier for you and your family and can reduce gastrointestinalbugs and other illnesses.Water filtration at the tap provides filtered drinking water for your family.Water Filtration Whole House SystemIf you don’t like the taste of your water or the level of chemicals within it,change it. Take the quality of your water in your hands with a whole housewater filtration system. It can provide you with the type of clean water thatyou want from every faucet and shower head in your home.Water FiltrationFiltration systems are designed to remove sediment, chemicals and otherundesirable components from your water. Maybe you don’t like the taste ofthe water that is coming from your tap. It could be chlorine or another
  10. 10. chemical. To lower their levels, additional filtering is needed beyond the tap inorder to achieve the desired effect.Maybe you have “hard water.” It contains elements that leave your skin feelingdry or your clothes are not as white or bright after being washed. To softenthe water, a water filtration system can remove the minerals and sedimentthat is affecting water usage in your home.How They WorkSince you desire to purify the water that runs throughout your home, youneed a filter that attaches to the source. Whole house water filtration attachesto the main water line coming into your home. Water is filtered here toremove anything larger than 5 microns in size (usually).Filters also remove chorine and other contaminants. Chlorine is useful to keepbacteria from growing within water systems but too much can alter the tasteof water. Removing much of it here restores a positive taste to the water.Activated charcoal or other method removes any other undesirable elementsfrom the water. They are all removed from the system as waste.Advantages of a Whole House Water Filtering SystemFiltered water – Water that is further filtered can provide better resultsthroughout the house. For instance, removing chlorine can mean cleanerdishes, less soap scum and residue on shower heads and shower walls andless dryness to your skin.
  11. 11. Better taste – Without lower levels of chemicals in the water, you may noticethat it begins to taste better overall. Water will taste great from the kitchen orthe bathroom.Better health – Some chemicals in water can be released into the air. With ahome filtering system, that can mean cleaner air and possibly a reduction insymptoms for allergy sufferers in the house.Another layer of protection for you and your family – The water treatmentfacilities are tested but if they ever have spikes in the system, your waterthroughout your home is still protected. It adds a further layer of assurancethat your family is not ingesting or washing with water with too manychemicals in it.A whole house water filtering system has its benefits. Decide if this is a stepworth taking for you.Please visit us at