What does tap water really contain?
The water companies in the UK do their utmost to ensure safety in our drinking water at home, but even if the water is clean, the pipework it runs through before it reaches your home may not be. Depending on how old your house is and where you live, the pipework carrying your mains water supply may be over 100 years old. The residual rust and lead it picks up along the way could end up in your drinking water, and eventually in your body.
Aside from rust and lead, there are some better-known elements commonly found in home drinking water that could potentially result in undesirable health effects.
Chlorine is so common in our tap water that you may even be able to taste it. It is added to water as a disinfectant to kill bacteria, due to its corrosive effect on organic matter. Although the quantities used in UK water are very small, we still do not know the effects of continuous consumption in the long term.
The most noticeable problem with chlorine in drinking water is the unpleasant taste. Filtering chlorine from your water at home enhances the taste of tea, coffee and soft drinks, along with plain water.
For those with asthma, eczema and M.C.S., chlorine may present a problem when used in bathing water. In the shower, chlorine is absorbed through the skin, often leading to dryness and irritation in people with skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. It is also vaporised and inhaled into the lungs, sometimes leading to irritation for asthma sufferers and those with respiratory problems.
Flouride is believed to help prevent dental issues, and is therefore added to tap water in some parts of the UK. But some scientific studies have shown that it can accumulate in the body over time, with some even reporting that excessive fluoride exposure could result in bone disease. As people drink varying amounts of water, it is impossible to control the dosage each person receives, and therefore difficult to determine any long-term potential health effects.
Filtered water – the choice is clear
A great way to gain a comprehensive protection from unwanted chlorine in water for you and your family is through a whole house water filtration system. For the best quality water, we always recommend that you complement your whole house system with a drinking water filter to remove any unwanted contaminants.
For technical information and to see exactly what each of our filters remove, view the filter comparison chart and technical information sheets
For a wide range of water filters, please visit our water purification section.