Importance of Water Purification
When you turn on your faucet to quench your thirst… do you stop to think about the journey your water took to meet you?
Out bodies are made up of 71% water. Also…
Every. Single. Organ…
in our body runs on water, making water (and the quality of it)… the MOST important thing we put into our body.
The importance of water purification is crucial. The more I learn… the more I realize that tap water comes with a lot more than just hydrogen and oxygen. We saw this in Flint, Michigan with lead contamination, and if you were to test your own water (tools available to help you do this – read below)… you would find some clues to this as well.
My husband Steven had his blood work done in the past, and heavy metals were found in his blood. Some evidence suggests that distilled water aids in the detoxification process of inorganic minerals and heavy metals from the body. Since drinking nothing but a gallon of distilled water a day for a few months, he feels like a completely new person. He always struggled with social anxiety, and a large portion of that burden has been lifted from him. We’re not doctors, but this is HUGE for us. We are going to get our blood work done again soon… I’ll keep you updated.
Where Does Tap Water Come From?
Most people get water from a public water company that is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The primary objective of water companies is to provide “safe water” (water that won’t cause illness; i.e. is void harmful bacteria, lead, arsenic, radon and viruses). Treatment facilities disinfect water using chlorine and other chemicals, and once the water is considered safe… it then makes a long journey underground through metal pipes and via pumps + gravity to arrive at a faucet.
To check the water quality provided by your municipal water company, call and request a current water quality report. However…
Even with EPA standards in place for most public water companies, the contamination found in water is still questionable. Is fluoride safe? Is chlorine safe? What additional contaminants were picked up by the water as it traveled through the pipes? How old are the pipes? What exactly is in the pipes?
I don’t have the answers to these questions, and many of those topics are controversial (Hi… fluoride).. But… the bottom line is this:
In order to feel confident about the level of contamination in your drinking water:
- A. filter your own water, and
- B. use a TDS meter as a guide to indicate when to change your water filter.
Total Disolved Solids (TDS)
Water absorbs microscopic amounts of just about everything it touches. TDS are basically what is in water… in addition to pure water (H20). Because water makes such a great solvent, it picks up impurities easily, such as: chlorine used by municipal water companies (for purification), various minerals (added for taste), salts, and metals (picked up by pipes used to distribute water).
A TDS meter can be used to detect the total number of dissolved solids in water. This is great for getting a general idea of the purity/ quality of water… however… TDS meters only indicate a number of dissolved solids. TDS meter does not indicate what is in the water specifically.
TDS meters are relatively inexpensive (about 13-20$)… and they’re an easy/convenient way to test tap water. Here’s the one we use:
How does a TDS meter work?
TDS meters indicate the TDS in water. This is usually displayed in parts per million. For example, a reading of 1 indicates that for every million parts of water, there is only 1 total dissolved solid. The EPA recommends a maximum of 500 PPM.
TDS meters are most useful for determining when to replace a water filter… again because they don’t indicate what exactly is in the water. Also… TDS meters don’t necessarily pick up on every part in the water (some parts go undetected).
Test your water before you have a water purification system in place to see what you are starting with. Then test your purified water to get an idea of how well the purification system is working. Grab the meter in a few months and test your purified water again. Have the numbers gone back up? Time to replace the filter.
Does the number of TDS matter?
People have different philosophies regarding an optimal TDS reading. Some say it comes down to taste. For example, some don’t like the taste of water with a TDS reading of zero. Taste is subjective, and in addition to taste… there’s other pros and cons to consider such as water mineralization.
Steven prefers his water distilled and with a TDS reading of zero. For him, the peace of mind that comes with knowing that there’s nothing other than pure H2O entering his body provides the ultimate satisfaction. Additionally… distilled water has been shown to help detoxify the body from inorganic minerals (many of which enter the body via tap water). The body has an affinity for organic minerals obtained from plant based foods… and a much more difficult time absorbing inorganic minerals.
Many people believe that minerals in tap water or minerals added to bottled water (such as calcium) are beneficial for health. It’s important to recognize however, that the body has a much more difficult time absorbing inorganic minerals… meaning that UHH-LOT of tap water is required to meet the minimum quantity for proper body health and function.
I say Steven has a point… I’m in his camp! Drink the most pure water possible… then mineralize your body with healthy, organic fruits and vegetables.
Now that we’ve discussed a bit about the importance of water purification… What is the best water filter to buy?
Many water purification systems can be expensive. We highly value pure water over here, so we invested in a reverse osmosis system, a water distiller and TDS meter.
Reverse Osmosis vs. Distilled vs. Filtered
A reverse osmosis system uses high pressure to push water through a semipermeable membrane. The membrane captures many impurities in the water, but over time the pores in the membrane become larger allowing impurities to pass through. This is why it’s so important to use a TDS meter to evaluate when to change the filter.
Our water company, The East Bay Mud Municipal Utility District, is recognized for having a good water supply, but we additionally use a reverse osmosis system: the ROES-50 by APEC. Before installing our ROES-50, the PPM in our water was 28. After installing the ROES-50, our PPM went down to to 3 PPM. After a few months of use… we’ve made it to 1 PPM!!
Other thoughts on the ROES-50?
The installation was relatively easy, and it even came with a cute little water spout for the sink (we replaced our soap dispenser with this). The system itself is installed under the sink and there’s still plenty of room for storage.
The system came with a 4.8 star rating (out of 1500 reviews) from Amazon… plus it’s guaranteed to remove 99 percent of all contaminants, including as chlorine, toxic fluoride, arsenic, lead, and chromium.
Overall we are happy the product and the quality of water it provides. It was well worth the investment for 1PPM and clean, delicious water… Way better than bottled!
Distilled water is made by boiling water. The pure water is turned into steam, and then it’s captured and cooled. Whats left behind are the contaminants in the water. If there weren’t any pollution in the air, rain from the clouds would be a form of distilled water.
Steven is an over achiever. He takes the reverse osmosis water made by the ROES-50 and then distills it for a PPM reading of 0.
This is a countertop appliance (The Megahome). It’s easy to take in/out and store as you please. It also gets the job done and is easy to clean. The Megahome with a one year warranty and 4.5 stars from Amazon.
Carbon Filters and Faucet Mounted Filters
Carbon Filters are popular these days, primarily because cost is a factor. A carbon filter on a pitcher (such as a Brita filter) captures some but not many impurities; they also improve the smell and taste of water. Carbon filters are a good place to start, however, they’re not ideal for removing all contaminants.
Reviews.com provided an informative article on some of the best and most effective carbon and faucet mounted filters. They considered factors such as taste and smell in addition to water treatment standards put in place by third party laboratories. Click the link below to read more on selecting affordable carbon or faucet mounted filters.
Some companies provide services that deliver distilled water to your home. I personally have not looked into this, but I believe Mountain Glacier provides this service.
Also… there are entire plumbing systems you can install into your home… and there are many other types of water you can google for your further reading pleasure…
mountain spring water
natural mineral water, etc. etc.
Challenge to You!
Anyone can write a blogpost and persuade you to their ways these days… but you have to do what’s right for you! The best way to do this is to experiment! Head to your local grocery store and purchase distilled water by the gallons. Drink an optimal amount of water (depending on your body composition, amount of exercise, etc.) for one whole week and see how you feel.
Was your experiment life changing? Comment below… I want to know!
If you do have a life changing experience, a water distillation system or a reverse osmosis system is well worth the investment. Plus this will save you $$$ from purchasing bottled water consistently. It’s also better for the environment ;).
Bottled Water: Something to look out for…
A lot of bottled water is just tap water purified. You can’t be certain about the level of purification used to treat the water! Dang you corporate America!
Look for brands that use distillation or reverse osmosis. I know that SmartWater uses a vapor distillation process and then add minerals for taste. Arizona Vapor Water is also a good brand.
Invest in Your Future
Implementing a quality water filtration system is the best investment we’ve made in our health, wellness and future. Doing something right yourself (not relying on the Municipal Water Company) provides the ultimate peace of mind and satisfaction.
If I can’t convince you of the importance of water purification… maybe this University of Utah professor will ;). Really an eye opening video!
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