It’s hard to go a day without hearing from some media source about another contamination outbreak or scandal about a water department somewhere failing to provide clean water. The truth is, it’s hard to deliver clean water across many miles of pipe without any mistakes or unforeseen challenges. First of all, our drinking water comes from either surface water or ground water. Surface water collects in streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs while ground water is located underground where it collects in underground aquifers. Federal law requires that systems reduce contaminants to set levels before pumping water from these water sources into our utility systems but from that point on, it is not re-tested or treated, and history tells us that while they may have lots of precautions in place to aid in the successful delivery of clean water, failures happen far too often to leave your drinking water to chance. Various governing bodies do a great deal to protect our drinking water, yet it is still a problem.
First, there is the possibility of bacteria and virus entering within the pipes. Pipes get cracked by roots, corrosion, and old-age allowing a pathway for microorganisms to enter with little potential for a utility to catch the crack and fix it in a reasonable amount of time. This isn’t rocket science so they add Chlorine and Chloramine to the water to act as a disinfectant. Unfortunately, Chlorine isn’t healthy to drink and while deemed “safe” in very low doses, many have concerns about it’s long-term safety. Also, chlorine and other natural organic matter can yield a byproduct called Trihalomethanes which at elevated levels have been linked to cancer and adverse reproductive outcomes. Lastly, while it’s nice to trust our utilities that the disinfectants work, how would you know if they didn’t? (Hint: You’d probably wind up either over a toilet or in a hospital before figuring it out.)
In addition to the bacteria challenge, there are other issues like corrosion of the pipes between the treatment facility and your tap. Lead poisoning is extremely dangerous and children and seniors are even more susceptible in limited doses. There are over 2000 known drinking water contaminants including hormones, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, that may be present in tap water even at declared EPA safe limits. But do you really want to be drinking safe levels of known poisons?
Once we begin to grasp that maybe drinking tap water isn’t the greatest thing for us, it’s time to ask where the solution is. Likely the top 3 candidates are bottled water, a whole-home system, and using a water pitcher.
Bottle water is incredibly detrimental to our planet from a pollution perspective. 30 billion water bottles are manufactured each year using 20 million barrels of crude oil. If you imagine 1/4 of that water bottle being filled with oil being the cost to manufacture that apparatus used to deliver the 20 ounces of water to your mouth before being thrown away, I don’t think you’d see that as a viable solution. And unfortunately, only 1 in 6 bottles are recycled meaning 24 billion hit our oceans and dumps every year.
Whole house systems are interesting in that they provide extremely high powered water filters to the point of access where the water enters your property from the street. However, they rob the water of all of the valuable minerals that naturally exist in water and are imperative to our health and they still leave the water unprotected from the filter to your faucet only this time the disinfectants are also removed leaving the water even more susceptible.
Water pitchers are truly the best solution as they allow the water to travel the length of the utility with the disinfectants necessary to keep it as clean as possible and then provides point-of-use filtration right before you drink the water. And while many pitcher filters last a measly 30 gallons and only make claims on Chlorine, taste and odor, our mini filters last 50 gallons and regular filters last 150 gallons and filter over 100 contaminants! The proprietary blend within REVIVAL filters is simply the most effective way to drink clean, mineral-rich water everyday.