Drinking Water Contamination

When you hear about drinking water contamination, do you realize the vast numbers of unsafe contaminants that can actually taint your water supply?

While your municipal water supplier is duty bound to ensure that high levels of contaminants are not present in your tap water, there still are “acceptable” levels of chemicals in your tap water right now.

But I’m sure you’d agree, that no matter how small the levels of contaminants in your tap water are, anything that can be done to reduce them even further is worth it.

Getting a home water treatment system is the #1 way to significantly reduce drinking water contamination.

The problem lies in acquiring a home water treatment system that is capable of removing the 4 common categories of drinking water contaminants.

We have listed below these categories below as well as the home water treatment systems that are capable of removing.

Activated Carbon Reverse Osmosis Distillation
Microbiological Partial No Yes
Inorganics Partial Partial Yes
Organics Yes Partial Partial
Heavy Metals
No Partial Yes
Radioactivity No Partial Yes

Microbiological organisms in drinking water: Can cause gastrointestinal illnesses, legionnaire’s disease and nausea. E.g of such organisms are cryptosporidium and giardia lamblia.

Inorganic chemicals: Potential health effects include learning disorders, kidney and liver damage. Examples of inorganic compounds are copper,lead and fluoride.

Inorganic chemicals in water : Potential health effects include learning disorders, kidney and liver damage. Examples of inorganic compounds are copper,lead and fluoride.

Organic chemicals in drinking water: Potential health effects include, Eye, kidney and liver damage as well as increased risk of cancer. Organic compounds include benzene, carbofuran and lindane.

Radioactive contaminants or radionuclides: Most water supply have very low levels of these contaminants. The ones that are present in your water, are usually naturally occurring, but man-made radioactive contamination can occur. Increased risk of cancer and kidney toxicity are potential health hazards of these contaminants.

Activated Carbon vs Reverse Osmosis vs Distillation

From the table above, you can see that distillation and reverse osmosis removes a wide range of water supply contaminants. However, one of their major disadvantages is that they also remove the good stuff – that is, the trace mineral elements (heavy metals) that also present in water but are so vital to human health.

The premier activated carbon water filter on the market, won’t strip away these essential minerals.

The fact is that no place on earth will you find naturally occurring water with no minerals in it.

However, many in the medical community believe that the mineral content in drinking water is not too important.

The World Health Organization (WHO) disagrees; they believe that drinking demineralized water is unhealthy.

One thing is for sure, acquiring a house water filter is the #1 way to eliminate drinking water contamination and make your water, pure, healthy and great tasting.