Are There Dangerous Chemicals In Your Tap Water?
Does your kitchen tap water have toxins? Let's take a look at what dangerous chemicals in your tap water can cause and how you can protect yourself.
Water pollution has always been India's number one cause of disease and death. Arsenic, lead, the herbicide Atrazine, perchlorate, and perfluorinated chemicals are just are some of the common carcinogens dissolved in Indian tap water. They cause damage to the thyroid gland and foetal development in expecting mothers. Perhaps not all house taps contain cancer-causing chemicals, but they are still too polluted to drink and use for cooking without filtration. Dysentery, diarrhoea, jaundice, typhoid, cholera are still common waterborne illnesses in India because they are caused by microorganisms in polluted water.
Here's what you can do to protect yourself:
- Ask your neighbours and do a little research to find out the number of water-borne diseases in your neighbourhood. Then look for what chemicals might be lurking in your tap water in your locality. The information may already be published in your local paper, and you will come across it by simply Googling the place you live.
- If arsenic and lead are the carcinogenic chemicals in your tap water, then you will need to install a good quality carbon filter. You can turn to bottled water but it is way more expensive especially if you are used to using a lot of tap water. Also, their packaging may be unhealthy. Some bottled water companies use plastic packaging made of PET that exposes you to other toxic chemicals leaching into your drinking water. If you must get bottled water, go for a trusted spring water brand like Evian and use it for drinking only. Generally, it is best to beware of unknown companies that promote 'mountain fresh mineral water'. Most of the time it is only filtered tap water packaged in a pretty bottle. Save your money. You will get the same clean water from a home water purifier.
Protecting future generations, globally
According to the U.N., 1 out of every 9 people worldwide does not have access to clean and safe water. One of the worst countries is the tiny island nation of Fiji, where over half the population does not have clean drinking water sources. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) in the U.S. reported that hexavalent chromium is still a threat to 218 million Americans! At least the US gets a big water contamination story and even a movie: Remember the "Erin Brockovich" movie?
So how do you protect yourself and your kids from the dangerous chemicals in your tap water?