Conclusion - The Importance of Drinking Filtered Water
The threat of harmful contaminants in drinking water can no longer be reasonably ignored. The correlation between contaminated drinking water and many significant diseases and health problems is far too strong to discount.
Of course, municipal water treatment facilities have lowered
the presence of many of the more harmful contaminants, and the
EPA has set maximum
contaminant levels, below which it is assumed that contaminants
may be safely ingested into the body. Municipal treatments facilities
are not infallible, and EPA levels do not represent a safety
level for every person. Children, the elderly, and those individuals
who already have weakened immune systems, are particularly at
risk to drinking water contaminants. Two of the most volatile
drinking water contaminants, chlorine and fluoride, are actually
treatment additives. Also, lead, another of the more harmful
contaminants, enters drinking water after treatment and cannot
be regulated by municipal water systems. Therefore, municipal
water systems cannot and should not be trusted to provide healthy,
clean drinking water.
There are many home treatment alternatives that can purify drinking water to a greater extent than city treatment plants. Reverse osmosis and distillation, two of these alternatives, are moderately successful at removing some contaminants, but they are expensive and wasteful. Bottled water, besides being expensive and highly unfeasible as a main drinking water source, is not under the same government regulations as municipal water systems and may actually contain more contaminants than tap water. The absolute best technology now available for treating water and removing undesirable contaminants is water filtration. Water filters, when compared to any other water treatment alternative, will remove more contaminants and provide safer, healthier drinking water.