Almost all life on the planet relies on water for life, so it’s incredible that this precious resource is so often treated with blatant disregard. We are led to believe that treated water is safe to drink and bathe in; and to a certain extent, this is true since deadly pathogens are usually removed before water reaches our taps.
But many toxins are not removed from tap water, and many of these often find their way into natural sources of water, too. Pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, and heavy metals like mercury, lead, and arsenic are often present in trace amounts. They don’t make you feel sick right away, but they do accumulate in your body. And, adding a bit of insult to injury, anyone who is drinking or bathing in treated tap water is also absorbing toxic byproducts of the water treatment process, such as chlorine.
How do all these pollutants find their way into our water supply? There are several ways:
Industrial wastes like lead, arsenic, mercury, and petrochemicals leach into streams and rivers
Automotive fluids like antifreeze, gasoline, and car oil go down storm drains and eventually flow into waterways
Lawn chemicals and waste from conventional farms – including fertilizers, massive amounts of animal waste, herbicides, and pesticides leach into groundwater and eventually make their way into waterways
Water percolates through landfills heaped with garbage, dead animals, and chemical waste, making its way into groundwater and waterways
Factory farms or CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) that raise animals like chickens, pigs, and cattle for the meat industry release animal waste into waterways.
The waste often contains pollutants including antibiotics, steroids, hormones, and other pharmaceuticals.
Water travels quickly from one place to another. Everything flows downstream. Even if you live in apristine neighborhood, your water supply may contain harmful contaminants.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to deal with toxins from water. Installing a whole-house filtration system can help you and your family avoid waterborne toxins in the future. If you can’t do that, at least treat yourself to a good system for filtering the water you drink. There are several inexpensive options available including water filtration systems that can sit on your kitchen
counter without any expensive or complicated installations.