Water Filters: 15 Reasons Why You Need Them

Having a suitable water filter at home and office is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Here is why.

Still think that water filters are meant only for health freaks? Think again. Check out the truth about the water you use everyday and learn how your stubbornness may be exposing you and your loved ones to dangerous toxins.

1. The Pure, Natural Water Myth

Stop thinking that pure, natural water exists. It may be around hundreds of years ago, but now with every waterway being polluted, pure crystal clear water is a thing of the past, like the dodo bird. Now, water picks up contaminants like fertilizers, pharmaceuticals and viruses as it flows through factories, farmed lands, coal mines and industrial areas. Rivers and lakes that are far from human reach can also get tainted by acid rain and polluted air that are capable of traveling long distances.

2. Great Polluted Lakes

The five Great Lakes – Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior – make up more than 80 percent of the U.S.’s freshwater supply and more than 20 percent of the world’s. But they have been polluted by agricultural, industrial and recreational activities that take place around and within the lakes. Pollutants, such as discharged waste water from factories, untreated sewage and toxic contaminants, enter and get trapped in the lakes, increasing in concentration over time.

3. Declining Wetlands

Wetlands are nature’s water tanks that help to control flood heights and provide natural water filtration. But, in the United States alone, we’ve lost more than half of our valuable wetlands as they were drained and converted to other uses.

4. Perils of Runaway Waters

Non-point source pollution caused by rainfall or melted snow runoff is one of the leading causes of water quality problems. This ‘runaway’ water carries natural and human-made pollutants (like fertilizers, pesticides and residual chemicals from fixtures) and pollutes lakes, rivers, wetlands and our underground sources of drinking water.

5. Water Pollution by Used Oil

Carelessly disposed used oil is one of the major sources of oil contamination of waterways in the United States. Spilled oil from just one oil change can contaminate up to 1 million gallons of fresh water, or a year’s supply for 50 people.

6. Chlorine: Low-Dose Poison

Chlorine is a popular disinfectant used by water treatment plants to kill viruses and bacteria in raw water. But chlorine is also toxic to humans and can form unwanted by-products such as haloacetic acids and trihalomethanes that can cause cancer and reproductive disorders.

7. Chloramine: Deadlier than Chlorine

Recognizing the hazards of chlorine, chloramine is increasingly being used as a replacement for chlorine. It is more stable, does not dissipate from the water like chlorine do, and it does not have the distinct chlorine smell and taste. However, chloramine has been found to create even more harmful by-products than chlorine and it actually increases the leaching of lead from pipes.

8. Dental Additive You Can Do Without

In the name of tooth decay prevention, fluoride is added to drinking water in many countries. But this known toxin, which has been used as a rat poison for decades, is also associated to mass sedation in the last world war, as well as bone diseases in some studies.

9. Leaching from Pipes

Treated water from water suppliers can be further contaminated as it makes its way to our homes — by dissolving unwanted chemicals and substances such as bacteria, viruses, lead and PVC from aging pipes or flaking paint.

10. Rocket Fuel for Drinking

The EPA has reported finding perchlorate, the main component of solid rocket fuel and also a potent thyroid toxin, in public water systems in 26 states and 2 territories.

11. False Security from Lead-Free Plumbing

Even new homes that use lead-free plumbing are not without risk. Brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures can also leach significant amounts of lead into the water, especially in hot water.

12. Unregulated Water Contaminants

EPA regulates some 90 known contaminants in drinking water. But, there are more than 2,100 known drinking water contaminants that may be present in tap water, including several poisons. And there are still many more chemicals and substances that remained unknown to us.

13. No Safe Amount of Arsenic

It’s a fact that water contains some amount of arsenic. Study has shown that arsenic levels which are considered safe by US regulatory body may still pose a serious danger to our health. Long-term arsenic exposure has been linked to increased risk of diabetes and cancer.

14. Seniors & Children Most at Risk

Seniors and young children, as well as people with immune systems compromised by chemotherapy, AIDS and other chronic diseases are most vulnerable to microbial and toxic contaminants in drinking water, even at levels determined safe by the authority.

15. Bottled Water: No Better Than Tap

Many bottled water are found to be re-purposed tap water. But, they are subjected to less regulations than municipal water, and cost at least 40 times more expensive. The leftover bottles also leach toxic chemicals that pollute our ground water.