Sunday, December 6th, 2015Water is essential for life, you want it as clean as can be. We show you how!
In the quest of searching for the pure water, I have personally spent countless years researching and testing ways of removing impurities. While our tap water in Australia is some of the cleanest and most sanitary water you’ll find, experts agree that the toxic and destructive effects of modern industry, place us at risk of a continual, low level exposure, to some of the most toxic compounds that can be found on earth.
Whether it’s the controversial addition of fluoride, runoff from farming agriculture, mining and construction, airborne pollution, disinfection products and even the human cocktail of sewage and wastewater – you would have to agree the revolving cycle of water, is becoming more and more contaminated.
To think we are not ingesting these same toxins just because our water is clear, odourless and comes from a tap could well be considered – a little naive.
In this article I will show you the most effective ways of reducing the toxic load from drinking water by the removal the chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, pesticides and more.
For many, our municipal water supply can be one of the biggest source of unwanted and often toxic contaminants that enter our body. Unless you are lucky enough to have a deep artesian spring in your backyard, or cough up the continual expense of having spring water to be delivered to your home, you may want to consider one of the many options of filtering your own tap water.
Like most things, there are a few different ways to get the job done – some good, some that are okay and some that honestly have the filtering ability of a dirty gym sock.
Before we get into a run down on water filtration types, I’ll quickly run through just how our municipal tap water can get contaminated from both natural and man-made sources. Serious offenders being –
•High Density Monoculture
•Concentrated Feed Operations
(Dairy and meat)
(Construction, mining, industry)
This is farming on a massive scale and according to the Australian Department of Environment over 30,000 tonnes of herbicides and pesticides are sprayed over crops every year in Australia alone. The reality is these chemicals that so many of the health minded people try so hard to avoid by purchasing organically grown produce or making the effort to thoroughly wash the produce – may not only lace the food, but collect it from run off. This ‘run off’ will have the ability to enter waterways, and this is backed up by measurable amounts found in the water supply.
Did you know – Australia’s “ allowable safe” limits of pesticides allowed in our tap water, are actually twenty times higher than limits set in parts of Europe?
Industrial pollution and the way we power our country proves to be a severe threat to water resources around the world. In Australia, the push for economic growth and our governments ‘love for coal‘ has seen the amount of pollution from these industries increase dramatically.
I believe it is a common misconception that these big polluters have treatment plants that deal with all water pollutants – truth is, it’s far from foolproof.
Coal mines, being the worst offenders, withdraw enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool every three and a half minutes, the slurry left behind sits in ‘treatment’ ponds, being highly hazardous which contains arsenic, mercury and lead – often leaching into groundwater.
To add to this, burnt ash from coal fired power plants is carried by wind over long distances, the heavy metals settle in catchment areas. Living in close proximity to coal operations of any kind, greatly increases exposure through air and ground water and increases the risk of cancer, heart damage, lung disease and birth defects, not to mention many other serious illnesses.
These are where thousands of animals are packed together in unnatural and unhygienic small spaces to raise animals for meat and dairy produce. Due to the diminished quality of life these animals are given, sickness and disease are almost guaranteed to all animals living in these conditions – as a result indiscriminate amounts of antibiotics are used.
Water contamination occurs when the sheer unmanageable loads of waste are washed from these C.A.F.O housings and large scale dairy milking stations into contamination settling ponds. These ponds are full of manure and residue of the antibiotics. Over time these contaminants leach into groundwater giving us measurable amounts of antibiotics and other chemicals in our tap water, adding to the risk of superbugs and other problems associated with antibiotics.
Water travels from the water treatment plants to your house through a network of pipes, and some of these pipes may be well over 70 years old. These pipes can contain a range of contaminants like, copper, lead, rust, slimes and sand. These contaminants build up in the pipes over a number of years and can be a real issue when pipes are accidentally broken or accessed for repairs and maintenance
Much like antibiotics, over time there have become a number of bacterias become resistant to chlorine disinfection. Nasty little things called Cryptosporidium and Giardia were discovered in water supplies here in Australia. Rare here, but exposure can cause serious health problems with the elderly or anyone with a compromised immune system or poor gut health.
Something you may not know is that ‘The Water Authority’ is required to treat our water supply with a range of chemicals in order to comply with the relevant regulations. These include not only FLUORIDE but also a couple of other things I’m sure most would rather not put in their bodies voluntarily.
While you could safely say that one will never drop dead from municipal tap water, we can limit the risks with the many different water filters out there for all different types of applications. I’ll be explaining the differences in common filtration systems used in the home for drinking water – In order of effectiveness
This is a filter system that has been conceived purely through my desire of obtaining the purest water possible from our kitchen tap.
A portable version and very convenient.
To give a quick run through of our system – A series of carbon filters made from compressed coconut shell, charcoal removing sediment, grit and chlorine – the all important R.O filter does the hard work of removing fluoride and bacteria, finishing off with a Bio-ceramic Re-mineralising filter.
This Bio-ceramic filter is very important as it adds your isotonic minerals such as Potassium Magnesium and Calcium . It does this by allowing the water to pass through tightly packed mineral pellets and at the same time raises the P.H of the water from acidic, into a into a neutral or slightly alkaline level.
It is said that this filter will replicate how water is mineralised and charged in natural condition throughout underground aquifers.
The benefits of having this portable system would have to be that you can actually attach it to any tap in the house, at work or even on holiday and not have to worry about complexities or costs of installation.
It can be set up in a discrete location in the house, you only need to fill your dispenser as needed.
Costs for the R.O system run far less than delivered spring water by a long margin.
The 6 stage system we use @Greenpost Hq cost under $500 delivered including the re-mineralising filter and replacement filters to last for 3 years.
If you, like many, do not have access to a pristine artesian underwater spring, you may want to go for the convenient filtration system we offer to get the toxic gunk out of your tap water.
Please contact us if you would like anymore information on what we use at The GreenpostContact