Filtered water is purer than ordinary tap water
Although the water companies in the UK do their utmost to ensure safety in our drinking water at home, traces of chemicals like fluoride, chlorine, residual rust and lead could still be present. As it is recommended that we drink 8 glasses of water per day, it is natural to want to make sure that the water you are drinking is as pure as it can be.
Here are a few of the things that could be lurking in your tap water...
Fluoride is believed to help prevent dental issues such as cavities, and is therefore added to tap water in some parts of the UK. However, some scientific studies have shown that it may actually accumulate in the body over time, with some even reporting that excessive fluoride exposure could result in bone disease. As each person drinks varying amounts of water, it is impossible to control the dosage everybody receives, and therefore difficult to determine any long-term potential health effects.
High levels of fluoride in drinking water have also been shown to help to predict prevalence of hypothyroidism – see this blog post.
These water filters can remove fluoride from your drinking water.
Chlorine is so common in our tap water that you might even be able to taste it. It is added to our drinking 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 improves the flavour of tea, coffee and soft drinks, as well as plain water.
Some people have suggested that ingesting chlorine could contribute to long-term health effects. For example, Dr. Mercola quotes a study linking the drinking of chlorinated water over a lifetime to an increased risk of gastrointestinal cancer. He also expresses concern over the safety of disinfection by-products (DBPs) that occur as a result of the disinfection of our water supply.
These water filters can remove chlorine from your drinking water.
Rust and lead from taps
Even if the water reaching your home is clean, the pipework it runs through on the way 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.
Rust particles in water usually come from old iron pipework that has had mains supplies running through it for many years. Our filters are able to remove up to 99.99% of rust particles 0.9 microns or larger. The Ultracarb filter candle removes the vast majority of lead, which can be picked up from pipework.
Chemicals from dishwasher detergents
A Brunel University study found traces of chemicals used in dishwasher detergents in samples of Nottingham and West London drinking water, at up to ten times over the recommended guidelines in Australia. It is suggested that because these chemicals don’t degrade easily, they get into rivers by waste water and then find their way into our tap water.
Residues of oestrogen, thought to enter tap water after the urine of women on the Pill passes through sewage works, is thought to be a contributor to the feminisation of fish in rivers. This has led to concerns about the effects of oestrogen levels on male reproductive health.
Filtered water tastes better than standard tap water
Another great reason to consider filtering your drinking water is that it enhances the taste dramatically. Using filtered water makes tea, coffee and squash taste more refreshing, and you can also use it to wash fruit and veg and for cooking. This can be particularly beneficial if you have multiple chemical sensitivity and are keen to minimise your chemical load.