Thursday, February 28, 2008

Put A Filter On That Tap

I noticed there's a new tap water revolution encouraging us all to drink city water since it is more eco friendly then buying bunches of energy consuming bottled water. But it seems in many of the pro-tap articles a huge health issue is being left out, and that is all tap water has toxic chemicals in it to kill bacteria and in many older cities the water comes through old lead pipes. When I lived in NYC a main pipe in Union Square had finally broke- the old lead pipe was an original from when the first city plumbing was installed underground... it finally had rotted and collapsed around the year 2000. Before it collapsed people were bathing and drinking that rotted pipe water. I would venture to say that a health crisis is just as bad for the environment and economy as all those crazy bottles we have to recycle. In one southern county I lived (here in North Carolina) the city would provide a yearly review of the tap water and all it's chemical/mineral content. I was not surprised to find chlorine (aka bleach) in very high amounts and on the same document there was a warning for the elderly and chronically ill not to drink the tap because of the chemicals they used to "cleanse" the water.
The argument also for tap water is that bottled water is no better... hmmm... and this I have to say : Yes, if you buy bottled water from companies owned by Coca Cola you are getting filtered tap anyway, so don't support a crazy cooperation selling bottled sink water. The other issue to check with bottled water is UV filtering. UV filtering causes ozone which in turn kills bacteria, the water has to be blasted with so much bacteria killing ozone that if a human being were to breathe the amount of UV air used they would suffocate to death. The reason most bottled spring water has strange chemicals in it once tested is due to these ozone molecules breaking down, once they break down they begin to adhere themselves to other molecules- and voila, any chemical reaction is possible! This typically creates a bunch of nasty aldehydes...super yuck!
So if you rather indulge in the tap revolution, make sure you stick a filter on it... a good pricey filter that will last a long time- just like you want your body to do. And if you drink bottled water instead read the labels for UV filtering (Fiji and Volvic do not UV filter their water), and make sure to recycle those plastic bottles- or fill them with sand and build a eco hut out of them, or start a plastic bottle chandelier boutique... be creative with your trash !
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1 comment:

Nickcoelodeon said...

I am going to make what I think is the best, most ecologically friendly solution to this problem. After reading this blog I have no choice but to stop drinking water altogether. I figure the majority of my body is made up of water anyways and by constantly trying to add more water to it I will become disproportianately liquid over time. Eventually turning into a small pond. This I do not want. I am expecting a big, "Thank you", Mother Earth, for as of today I am water free!