Clean drinking water is fundamental to healthy living, so too is the water that’s absorbed by our skin. Unfortunately municipal tap water is not free of contaminants and there are tens of thousands of contaminants that are not even tested for.
The NY Times did a series called “Toxic Waters” about the worsening pollution in America’s drinking waters and found that “The 35-year-old federal law regulating tap water is so out of date that the water Americans drink can pose what scientists say are serious health risks — and still be legal.”
Investigations have found that more than 20 percent of public water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act. And that’s just for the chemicals they test for, never mind the tens of thousands of chemicals they don’t.
Here in Southern California we have very “hard water,” which means it contains lots of dissolved mineral solids like calcium and magnesium in it along with other minerals such as iron and manganese. The high content of these minerals in our water does some serious damage to our home; it corrodes our pipes and damages all appliances that use water such as our water heater, dishwasher, washing machine, coffee maker, etc.
The high mineral content leads to limescale buildup which also clogs and corrodes our water faucets and shower heads. It’s what leaves stains and water spots on everything from our shower doors and tile to spots of our cars after we wash them with the garden hose. The same limescale buildup is responsible for creating stains in our toilets, rings around the tub after a bath, and that sticky scum ring in the washing machine.
Hard Water & Soaps
Hard water got it’s name because of the difficulty in cleaning clothes in such water. This is because soap binds to the calcium in hard water and greatly reduces its ability to lather and clean and instead forms a sticky scum.
The most affordable solution to hard water is a water softener, which displaces the calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions and provides softened water to your whole house. Soft water will help protect your pipes and extend the life of all your appliances that use water. Softened water will also greatly reduce how much soap you need and use.
A Reverse Osmosis filtration system at your kitchen sink will then remove the sodium and 99.99% of all other contaminants and provide fresh, clean drinking water and water for cooking.
Bottled Water = Trash
Bottled water isn’t much better either; in fact many bottled waters are nothing more than tap water being bottled at a company plant. An NRDC investigation found that an estimated 25 percent of all bottled water is nothing more than tap water and that 22 percent of all brands tested contained chemical contaminants at levels above strict state limits.
The plastic used in many bottled waters can also be dangerous to your health! Studies have shown plastic bottles can leach phthalates, dioxins, and other health hazardous chemicals into the water. Indeed, 95 percent of us have detectable levels of phthalates in our urine.
Plastic bottles certainly aren’t good for our environment either! According to National Geographic, “Unfortunately, for every six water bottles we use, only one makes it to the recycling bin. The rest are sent to landfills. Or, even worse, they end up as trash on the land and in rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Plastic bottles take many hundreds of years to disintegrate.”
People love the convenience of bottled water. But maybe if they realized the problems it causes, they would try drinking from a glass at home or carrying water in a refillable steel container instead of plastic.
That’s why we at Green Cow Energy Consultants made it a point to include high quality water filtration systems in our offerings for our customers. We investigated the subject in depth and then screened and vetted dozens of water filtration manufacturers to provide our customers with the most effective water filtration and softening systems at group buying prices.