Water Quality & Water Filtration
Why Water Filtration?
Not much can beat the refreshment of a cold glass of water, unless you stop to think about what might be in the that water. Drinking water is becoming increasingly toxic worldwide. One major problem is aging water pipes. In a 2013 report by the American Society for Civil Engineers warned that most of the water drinking infrastructures of the nation is “nearing the end of its useful life cycle.” Repairing these infrastructures is not easy task either, The American Water Works Association estimates it would cost more than $1 Trillion to update and replace all water pipes in the United States. On top of that water pollution is another major concern, as water treatment plants are unable to filter out all toxins entering the water.
The Safe Drinking Water Act
The Safe Drinking Water Act is undeniably outdated, as not a single contaminant has been added to its list of regulated chemicals since the year 2000. Standards for judging whether or not a chemical is harmful at certain levels have not been updated since 1974. A lot of water treatment plants use chlorine or choleramines to treat and purify water disinfection byproducts (DPBs) form when these disinfectants react with organic matter such as decaying vegetation in the water. These byproducts are 1,000 times more toxic than chlorine and all the other toxins and contaminants present in your tap water. One major DPB is Trihalomethanes (THM) a cancer group B carcinogens, this means this has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. These carcinogens have also been linked to reproductivity issues in humans and animals, weaken your immune system, disrupt central nervous system, damage cardiovascular systems, and disrupt renal systems and more. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does regulate water in the United States, there are legal limits on many contaminants permitted in municipal water supplies, more than half of the 300-plus chemicals detected in the United States drinking water are unregulated and some legal limits may be too lenient for safety.
What The Medical Professionals Had to Say
“Filtering your tap water is the first step to protecting your family from toxins on a daily basis, whether it’s for drinking, showering or cooking,” said Amy Myers, MD, an Austin-based physician specializing in functional medicine. “Government regulations focus on protecting us from the big health risks like waterborne bacterial diseases. The long-term health effects of chronic exposures to trace elements of contaminants in our drinking water are something we all need to take personal responsibility for.”
Chemicals in your drinking water
You are your family could be consuming multiple harmful chemicals daily when drinking water straight from the tap, but worse than that you don’t just have to drink the water for it to enter your body just by bathing in it these chemicals are being absorbed straight through your skin which means they enter straight into your blood stream skipping your bodies natural filtration system. Some of these chemicals include the following:
Chlorine – Increased risk of heart attack, increased risk of rectal and bladder cancer, increased risk for birth defects for children in utero.
Fluoride – Impaired joint mobility, thyroid issues, lower IQ and cognitive function in children, high blood pressure, acne, reproductive issues, and early puberty in girls.
Lead – Cardiovascular issues, decreased kidney function, reproductive issues in both adult men and woman, reduced growth of fetuses in utero, behavioral and learning problems, lower IQ, slowed growth and anemia in children.
Arsenic – Increased cancer risk in skin, lungs, bladder, and kidney. Skin changes such as thickening and pigmentation.
Chromium 6 – Increased cancer risk, reproductive issues in both men and woman, lead to eye and respiratory issues, asthma attacks, damage or failure of kidneys and liver.
And so much more!
The best way to protect your home and family is to invest in a whole home water filtration system. If you are curios what may be lurking in your water and you have city water you can look it up, if you have well water call World Class Services we would be happy to come out and test your water and provide you with honest feed back on what water filtration system will be the best fit for your home.
What About Bottled Water?
Now we know what you might be thinking, if our tap water is so dangerous than why not use bottled water? Want to hear a fun fact? About 40% of bottled water is actually just bottled tap water. On top of that, the plastic bottles that water is being held in is created with a harmful chemical known as bisphenol A (BPA) which has been linked to multiple health problems, learning and behavioral problems, altered immune system function, higher risk of prostate and breast cancer, early puberty in both genders. A lot of companies have recognized this and create their products BPA free but there is still a lot of products out there that are not and you are paying that increased price for that product to be BPA free, wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to? Unfortunately a lot of plastic bottles are ending up in landfills through out the word, and the current state of our landfills has caused these bottles to be unable to break down a process that in the best of conditions takes minimum 300 years.
What is Hard Water?
Hard water is water that has high mineral content. Columbus has a water hardness level ranging from moderately hard to very hard depending on your area. Hard water is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone and chalk. Drinking hard water does have some moderate health benefits because of its mineral content but it can spell devastation for your homes internal plumbing and plumbing fixtures causing major scale build up every where. Working in the industry in Ohio World Class Services has encountered an increased occurrence of hot water tanks prematurely, and a lot of their failure is linked to the poor quality level of our water. Which means more money out of your pocket for an unnecessary expense.