There's a lot of talk these days about the number of dangerous chemicals found in tap water that's been ‘treated’ by city water authorities, and how home filtered tap water is not always safe either.
Well, there's two things I would say about chemicals found in tap water.
First, millions of us are indeed drinking chemical-contaminated water, and it doesn't matter if we live in the big metropolitan areas or out in small rural communities.
The fact is that in a recent study of the tap water in 62 major urban centers 24 of them were contaminated with pharmaceuticals. Drugs prescribed to stop convulsions and stabilize moods, antibiotics and sex hormones and many similar medications are regularly found in the drinking water of over 40 million Americans.
Then there are the chemicals of industry and science, like chlorine, bromine, commercial- strength disinfectants, benzene, industrial solvents, pesticides and herbicides that cause cancer, perchlorate that damages the thyroid and distorts physical development, and many many others. There ARE chemicals found in tap water.
What's worse is that city water authorities frequently do not test for the presence of chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Although drugs have been found in the watersheds supplying Oklahoma City and Santa Clara, for example, water officials in those two cities do not test for them. This shocking lack of concern is found in many other water treatment offices across the nation.
New York is particularly worrying. The state health department and the USGS has found the water in the New York catchments has trace concentrations of heart medicine, infection fighters, estrogen, anti-convulsants, a mood stabilizer and a tranquilizer, yet the water authorities insist they meet federal standards and that their water is safe. It is almost as if chemicals found in tap water do not start alarm bells ringing for these officials.
Well, how many prescription drugs do you need in your drinking water to make it unsafe? In a lab you can expose male fish to estrogen compounds at parts-per-trillion and turn them into females. the same Frankenstein experiments interfere with the circulatory system, eyes and bladders of these fish. Even small traces of chemicals found in tap water are dangerous.
How is it possible for drugs and chemicals to get through the city treatment systems?
Well, partly its because they often use equipment that only blocks contaminants with a bigger molecular size than water. Since chemicals can be smaller in molecular size, they pass right through the city filters. It's also partly because officials can get away with it because federal safety levels are so lax, as the New York water treatment authorities will tell you.
The second thing I'd like to point out is that filtered tap water can remove the chemicals found in tap water - but not all tap water filters will do this.
Here's the simple truth about what makes a good home tap water filter - you need a system, a set of filters.
What you do not need is the expensive, wasteful household version of the reverse osmosis equipment so popular in big city water treatment plants. They don't work there and they won't work in your home. Further, these osmosis systems remove the healthy, natural trace minerals found in water, and which are so essential for your health. Don't waste your money on reverse osmosis.
Instead, you simply need a relatively inexpensive set of hard-working filters. One that uses granulated activated carbon for its filter, one that has a resin and multi-media block, and one that stops sub-micron particles. You might also want to include an ion exchange to take out lead if it is a problem in your community pipelines and to balance the minerals in your water supply. But even with all these things in place you're looking at a modest cost of less than a couple of hundred dollars.
And for that you get peace of mind, in a city where there are chemicals found in tap water.
Now that you know this, I recommend you get busy and find an affordable, effective home tap water filter system. Look around the Internet for a reliable manufacturer. (And you're welcome to start looking from my own web site, which has a lot of helpful information about chemicals found in tap water. ) As you do this, try to bypass the retailers and save money by going straight to the people who make good water filters.
Len McGrane writes about home water purifiers and pure drinking water from his web site, http://www.pure-drinkingwater.com where he gives advice about chemicals found in drinking water .