There has been so much controversy lately about the state of the water supply in the Western world. It seems that no country is immune to the possibility of having toxic water. America and Australia have been the worst offenders lately.
Have you seen all of the news on the junk found in water? Here are just some of the recent reports:
You can check this interactive map to see if your town or county has found high chromium-6 in the water.
And you can check out my previous post on Fluoride, the neurotoxin in our water!
All of these reports has people asking, “How the heck do we get clean water?!”
There are many solutions. It seems like there is no “perfect” way to get clean, affordable, and safe water but there are plenty of options depending on your budget and location.
- Find a local source of Spring water. Find A Spring has spring locations for 8 different countries! Many of the spring sources test annually for contaminants, but you have to verify that with the location that you end up choosing.
- Find the perfect filter based on your needs. There are way too many kinds of filters out there, but luckily, EWG has a guide for finding the best filter based on a few options: budget, effectiveness, which contaminants it filters, and if you need to soften hard water. It also gives options for pitchers, sink attachments, and whole home systems. Picking a filter depends entirely on what you are aiming to do.
- My filter choices: Looking for something affordable that focuses on common contaminants as well as getting at least 93 % of fluoride, chlorine and other toxic chemicals: go for a Tap Master Jr. Looking for something a bit more supercharged: go for a Berkey! I’m not buying the controversy on Berkey- I’ve only seen a few bad reviews on it, and most of them are trying to sell their reverse osmosis system (which I definitely don’t recommend!). Many people have even done their own tests on Berkey water filters, and they do truly work. The Big Berkey removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes, as well as nitrites, nitrates, lead, mercury, food coloring, and chromium-6. Plus, it leaves the GOOD minerals intact which is important. The biggest issue I have seen with Berkey is that the up-keep of the filters can take some work, like mentioned in this website!
- Reverse osmosis and distilled water can actually negatively affect the body over time. I do not recommend those for the most part.
- If you have a well (or plan on making one) make sure you are testing it often for contaminants! Check the EPA Site for more information.
Did I miss any major options? What filter do you swear by? Let’s talk in the comments!