Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water.
Fine! You are savvy enough to keep yourself hydrated during the day. But, have you ever wondered how safe your water is?
Water can get contaminated very easily. Micro-organisms like bacteria and parasites, that make their way to water from faecal wastes, can pollute it. Industrial wastes are largely responsible for contaminating water with their harmful chemicals. Also, most fertilizers contain nitrate and render water absolutely unfit for drinking. To add to these, certain minerals like lead and mercury can adulterate water. Such minerals are either present underground or find its way into the soil because of improper disposal.
Contaminated water is harmful for one and all but for some it is exceptionally unsafe. For example, patients undergoing chemotherapy, transplants, pregnant women, children and infants, fall prey to the extreme effects of water contamination easily. Also, there are reports of widespread adulteration in bottled water as well.
Is tap water safe for drinking? Do we even know where the water passes through or from before reaching us?
The answer to both would mostly be NO. You can never be sure. Even if you’ve boiled the water at a set temperature. So how do you ensure that the water your family drinks is pure and safe? It’s simple really. Just ensure you have a proper water purifier installed at home. After all, bottled water is not a workable solution!
There are technologies like RO, UV / UF etc which makes you water source like Municipal water, which is drawn mostly from lakes, rivers, etc., safe to drink. What’s more? They can effectively purify water from other sources like bore-wells and tankers as well.
Need of water purifier in developing country like India is must, where supplied source of pure water is null/limited. Think before you drink.