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Is My Drinking Water Safe? Should I Use a Water Filter?

By Edited Oct 22, 2015 3 6

Drinking water. Every person needs to drink water for their health. We are bombarded with advertisements and health announcements to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day...for your health and body. But, what if the water you're drinking is not safe? The safety of your drinking water varies depending on where you live. Although the United States is supposed to have one of the cleanest supplies of drinking water, there are frequent reports that indicate polluted water, oil spills, chemical plant leaks, all the way to the rust in your pipes.

How Can I Find Out if My Drinking Water is Safe?

Drinking water is protected and monitored by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of 1974 . The Safe Drinking Water Act is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The easiest way to find out if your drinking water is safe is to contact the agency that supplies your water.

Water gets polluted by two different sources either natural or human. Although it is not super common to have contaminated water there are sometimes notices that you should boil your water because of microbials in the water. Boiling water does not clean all of the water though. It will not help get rid of lead in the water.

Should I Use a Water Filter?

Using a water filter like Brita or Pur is one of the best decisions you can make for your health. All water has some level of contaminant. Because drinking water is processed through water filtration systems and chlorine is used along with other chemicals you should use a water filter for your drinking water and all the water you use to cook. Once you start drinking filtered water you will notice the difference in taste. Even if your water doesn't taste bad to begin with you will benefit from using a filter. Brita filters filter out the harmful chemicals to make your water safe for you, your children, and even your plants and pets. You can find second hand Brita pitchers and containers at your local thrift store. Only use new filters.

Why Should I Use a Shower Filter?

The skin is the human body's largest organ. Taking a shower in water that has chlorine in it only sucks the chlorine into your skin. Not only that but you breathe the toxic fumes in a hot shower. Using a shower filter will help your health greatly. By using a shower filter you will eliminate chlorine from your system and make your skin softer at the same time. Try using a shower filter to see the difference in your skin.

Some people are able to afford home water filtration systems that are filters that hook up to your main water supply to the house. This filters all the water in your home so you don't have to buy single water filters or shower filters. That is the best option, but for some it is inconvenient and too expensive. Something to consider though is that if you or someone else in your household has skin trouble or dry hair and spends money on acne products then you will save by buying a shower filter.



Feb 2, 2010 6:51am
Very informative article. I read somewhere that you absorb quite a bit of water when taking a shower. ( I think up to 3 gallons) Several water treatment tests show chemicals that should only be found in a medicine cabinet, and they are chmicals children shouldn't take at all.
Feb 2, 2010 2:20pm
It's scary to think of all the things that are in our water. That's so true about medications in the water. It's kind of crazy that we have to protect ourselves in our own homes against ourselves. When I shower somewhere that doesn't have a shower filter I am very aware of it now that I have been using one for almost 2 years.
Feb 2, 2010 2:20pm
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Feb 2, 2010 2:57pm
Never thought about shower water like that. I do have a scale wizard on my boiler water and do use a Britta filter but more because of the limescale. It ruins everything and makes the water taste dire.
Feb 21, 2010 2:10am
Great article, we dont have a filter at home, but the old boy has fitted two to our caravan one that takes out the dirt etc and one to take out the chemicals. Have not used it as just been fitted. Will try it out on the long weekend. Thanks for sharing that. I wouldnt have thought of shower part either.
Mar 14, 2010 8:14pm
We have a water filter attached to our refrigerator, but never thought of one for the shower.
Mar 30, 2010 2:59pm
Yeah, I never thought about it either...until I read about it. Then I was pretty much sold. Once I actually tried the shower filter, I was definitely sold. I really can feel the difference. Depending on where you live or shower you'll be able to smell chlorine and other chemicals in the water if you've been using a filter for a bit.
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