You may think that all water is the same. However, this isn’t the case. There is a big difference between rainwater, spring water, and water that has been sat in a reservoir or lake. Although many people don’t spend much time thinking about their water, they should.
For example, the water treatment works will use filters to remove debris from the water, they will add chlorine to kill bacteria, and they add fluoride to help keep your bones and teeth healthy.
However, they can’t control what contaminants enter the water between the treatment plant and your home, there are too many miles of pipes to monitor. In addition, the chemicals they add may be harmful to human health, especially if you have allergies or respiratory issues.
For many people, the concern over water quality drives them to purchase bottled water. But, instead of this they should be talking to the experts in water filters Australia and having a filter fitted at home.
Here’s why water filters are better than bottled water.
Water filters are made to strict standards and need to pass accreditation before they can be sold to the public. This means, that when you buy a water filter you know it is going to do exactly what it says, whether that’s removing chemicals, minerals, or a combination of elements.
In contrast, water bottles are filled with water and the water is tested periodically. Standard bottled water can simply be tap water. In fact, this is the most likely source of your water unless it specifically says spring water or something similar.
What is perhaps more worrying is that the quality tests done on bottled water are performed less regularly than those on tap water. In short, your bottled water may not be as good as tap water. Filtered water is guaranteed to be purer.
2. Chemical Leach
Most bottled water is supplied in plastic bottles. These are used as they are cheap to produce. However, plastic is made using a variety of compounds, including oil. If your water stays in the bottle for a long period or you re-use the bottle regularly, there is a high risk of the plastic compounds leaching into the water. You’ll then drink these compounds and they have been shown to increase the risk of cancer.
This doesn’t apply if you purchase bottled water in glass bottles.
3. Environmental Impact
Plastic is not good for the environment. In the first instance, the bottles are made of several compounds, some of which are in very limited supply. More importantly, plastic takes a very long time to biodegrade. That means that every bottle of water you drink and then discard the bottle, is contributing toward the build-up of waste on the planet.
While using recycling centres can help reduce the amount of waste produced, bottled water is still causing further environmental issues.
Filtered water can be carried with you just as easily, you simply need to invest in a reusable water carrier.
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