We've all heard that drinking tap water is bad for us. But only few individuals fully understand the cause. Finally, experts decided to investigate the issues with tap water and the reasons why we shouldn't drink it.
Detrimental to one's health
Heavy metals, which are hazardous to the body and have a high density, may be present in tap water. In this situation, symptoms like headaches, nervous system problems, and gastrointestinal problems may manifest.
Lead was used to construct early water systems. It is extremely likely that the pipe where you reside is also old if the building is old. Lead particles may contaminate the water over time. Lead exposure over an extended period of time can cause anemia, kidney issues, and generalized body weakness.
Nitrate, which can become nitrite, may also be present in tap water. They harm the body, particularly in young infants with weakened intestines.
In order to get rid of dangerous bacteria and germs, chlorine is added to the water. Although chlorine is generally safe, it could acquire a disagreeable chemical flavor when it comes into touch with other materials (such as those in taps or kettles).
Algae, bacteria, or other organic particles in your water supply are typically to blame for the musty or earthy flavor of your tap water. It might also occur if the water travels through areas with peat, like moorlands, or if it spends too much time in the pipes.
The internal plumbing is to blame for the water's metallic and harsh flavor. Water that has been standing in contact with iron, copper, or galvanized pipes for several hours or more may become bitter. Large buildings are usually where this issue shows up.
Ways to filter water
With various filters, there are multiple ways to filter tap water:
1. Activated carbon filters may be able to eliminate some organic pollutants that alter flavor and taste. Certain are designed to get rid of solvents, pesticides, solvent byproducts from chlorination, and some metals, such copper or lead.
2. Calcium and magnesium that cause hard water may be eliminated using ion exchange systems with activated alumina. These filters are typically used in conjunction with other filtration techniques, such reverse osmosis.
3. Pesticides, petrochemicals, fluoride, chloride, nitrates, and sodium can all be removed by reverse osmosis filters.
4. By boiling water and gathering the vapor, distillation devices can transform ordinary water into distilled water.
It's crucial to keep in mind that no filter can completely remove pollutants. It is best to determine what is in your system's water before installing any of them and base your filter selection on that.
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