Public drinking water purification systems vary, but there is one thing that they all have in common. Regardless of how good the public drinking water purification system is, there will still be trace levels of various types of contaminants flowing out of your kitchen faucet.
There is just no way around it.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, even bottled waters “may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.”
The Ralph Nader Research Group claims there are over 2,000 different chemical contaminants found in tap water; many of them are known carcinogens. The EPA has only set maximum safe standards for 90 different contaminants.
So – according to the EPA – the drinking water purification systems used in treatment facilities cannot be expected to truly make your water safe and pure. They can only be expected to get rid of the trash and remove some of the more harmful bacteria.
The major targets of a public drinking water purification system are E coli and other bacteria that cause pretty immediate symptoms when consumed. There can be zero presence at these facilities, but bottled-water companies can get away with some contamination. Very low levels of E coli are allowed to be present in the bottle and still pass FDA standards.
You see, FDA and EPA standards are a little different.
With all of the technological advancements in drinking water purification systems, you might think that we would be able to get something safe and good tasting from the kitchen tap, or at least from a bottle. But the truth is that the only way to insure your safety and also get something that tastes fresh is to install a point of use or in-home drinking water purification system.
You can get a drinking water purification system that fits under the kitchen counter, sits on the sink, or a compact unit that attaches to the faucet. The faucet filters are the least effective of the three and provide the fewest number of gallons without replacing the cartridge. They also have a tendency to leak, so their lifespan is lower than that of the other types.
The only advantage is that they cost less initially, but their cost of use is actually higher, because the cartridges have to be replaced so often.
Who says that we need drinking water purification systems in our homes?
Who do you trust? Some of the most well-respected newspaper reporters in our country have written about the health risks of tap-water; contaminants that they have found include drugs and hormones.
Through the freedom of information act, reporters learned that treatment facilities sometimes “cheat” in order to get a passing grade on their drinking water purification system. They “neglect” to turn in results that are beyond the legal limits.
There are doctors, professors, researchers, and government officials that all say the public system is broken. They may not go so far as to recommend drinking water purification systems for homes around the country, but I bet they have one themselves.