To sum up the recent slew of news about drinking water in Australia, tap water is not as safe as it once used to be. With increasing incidences of impurities found in our water supply, and the increased pollution, you cannot trust the government supplied water for the health and well-being of your family.
Here are some insights into the current water crisis, and more importantly, why you need to consider an effective home water filtration device.
We are at a risk of running out of clean drinking water
An example is the Yarra River, Melbourne’s most famous waterway. The river’s waters are today rich in dangerous bacteria, including E coli. South Yarra has E coli levels at 17 times what is permissible for kayakers and rowers. This has been attributed to increased littering.
Our ecosystems are getting affected due to poor water quality
The Great Barrier Reef, which generates a billion dollars a year in tourism revenue, is getting choked by seaweed. Poor water quality has led to an increase in growth of seaweed. Polluted waters, which often includes run-off water from urban areas, is rich in components which encourage seaweed growth.
These are the findings of a study recently published in Ecological Applications, which used data from 150 reefs and over two thousand water quality test sites across the Reef.
How does this affect us?
It shows that we are soon going to face a lack of clean drinking water. The Perth region has already initiated a water recycling program to pre-empt a water crisis. And, the government has been anxiously undertaking recycled water, damming and water trading initiatives as water supplies are not equipped to deal with anticipated droughts, floods and other calamities.
Water filtration technology makes you self reliant, as ordinary tap water can be used, instead of depending on bottled water, which may run scarce, or will be incredibly expensive.
Already, the effect can be seen in the water supply of Melbourne’s northwest region. The water has been termed “almost undrinkable” by the locals, and many have been angered at the prospect of buying bottled water.
The dangers of plastic
Along with the aforementioned contaminants, phthalates, which enter the water supply during storage and shipping are also dangerous. They can cause a variety of disorders (including endocrine disruption). As these are found in packaged water (such as bottled water), you are safer with a tap water purifier. Therefore, when you do store water in the refrigerator (or while carrying it), use glass or polycarbonate water bottles that have been marked “BPA Free”. BPA is Bisphenol A, which causes endocrine issues and can also cause cancer.
How to select a filter
Here’s a quick checklist to keep in mind when you’re considering buying a tap water filter. To address chemical content, you need a granulated activated carbon filter (with a multi-block unit). Then, for biological contaminants, you need a sub-micron filter.
And, if testing in your area has revealed the presence of metals in your water supply, you need an ion exchange. Often, trace amounts of metals like copper and lead can enter the water supplied to our homes through the metal pipes.
Additionally, you should explore a water dispenser with an inbuilt filter and cooler. Not only will this be cheaper, but also space-effective if you live in a cramped apartment. Visit the
http://awesomewaterfilters.com.au/product/bench-water-purifier-bpa-free/to browse through a wide variety of water dispensers. Awesome Water Filters offers hot and cold water dispensers for many price points and requirements, and is an ideal partner in your aim of providing clean drinking water for your family. Remember, health first!