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The Essential Guide to Tap Water Wisdom

Date: Aug 20, 2014 · Posted in: Environment
The Essential Guide to Tap Water Wisdom

Do you know what your tap water contains?


Here's a little water wisdom.

“600 different chemicals may form as byproducts of disinfection…studies linked these byproducts to increased risks of cancer,” (1)

We have a good idea of what it contains, and it’s scary. In Canada it’s common practice to treat our tap water with three main chemicals:


1.       Chlorine – used to “clean” our water from harmful bacteria and pathogens. It doesn’t stop there, and it gets scary. When chlorine mixes with organic matter (such as that found in water and our bodies), it creates new chemicals called Trihalomethanes: chloroform, bromodichloromethane, bromoform, chloride, and bromomethane.

 

2.       Sulphur Dioxide is your typical stinky sulphur but not much is really known on its internal and potentially carcinogenic effects. However, it is classified as ‘Very Toxic” to “Corrosive” for inhalation, skin contact, eye contact. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Therapy has it listed under Mutagenicity as "Suspect: Mutagen. May cause genetic damage.”

 

3.       Aluminum Sulphate considered non-toxic, but the research might make you think twice. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Therapy has it listed to be an irritant to the skin and eyes. Ingestion shows reports of mild gastrointestinal upset.

 

Flouride is the toughest to remove, and most filters can’t do it. It’s also the most controversial - the most controversial aspect of water filtration, and with very good reason. A recent investigation review a “combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children.” (2)

Your best option is to find a local spring source of water, you can source one here

These chemicals have been linked to a decline in cognitive function and toxicity, so why not choose a better source? Get started today!

“Drugs in the environment pose grave ecological risks; they also end up in our drinking water supplies” (3)


How to Remove Chlorine

A quick and effective way to remove chlorine is using a filtration system like the well-known Brita.  Brita will remove 99% of the chlorine (from drinking water), but there is still 1% remaining….and we have an expert tip to help you reduce that. Vitarock Expert Tip:  Let your water sit for 24-48hours, breathing, by covering with only a cloth. This will allow the chlorine to evaporate.

If you’d like to learn more about bottled water, check out the mini-documentary The Story of Bottled Water (2010).

 

References:

1.    http://www.ewg.org/research/bottled-water-quality-investigation/test-results-chemicals-bottled-water

2.    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/

3.    Hawthorne 2008; Mendoza 2008