I have recently become curious about the purity of bottled water. My wife prefers spring water while I like distilled water. Most people I know have one particular brand of bottled water that they like the most while claiming that other water tastes bad. They also usually believe that tap water tastes very bad and is less clean than bottled water. But could these people really distinguish tap water from bottled water if they were blind folded? And more importantly, is bottled water cleaner or safer to drink than tap water? The answer to both questions is no.
Although there are hundreds of drugs, legal and illegal, which enter our water systems, I will just focus on a few and leave out important ones like endocrine disruptors which I will discuss at a later time. Every time you flush the toilet, take a shower, or let water go down the drain you release any drugs you are currently taking into our sewer systems. I have already talked about our disinfecting methods in my previous water blog and how they destroy bacteria and viruses, but what about drugs?
Although drinking water in the United States is treated with chemicals to kill bacteria and viruses, reaching complete sterilization of the water is impossible. Instead the government sets safe limits for each virus and bacteria, meaning that an amount of contamination at or below the limit is unlikely to result in any sickness or harm to the individual. How this limit is determined is complex and will not be discussed here.
Water. The most essential, yet overlooked, nutrient. Some people tout that water increases our metabolism; especially when it is cold water and our body has to spend energy warming it up. People believe that water helps constipation. Some believe water “flushes” our body out and removes toxins. Some say that water decreases hunger and we should drink water to stay full. Some, although few, even say that water intake is related to the occurrence of certain cancers. So, how many of these beliefs are fact, and how many are myth? Let’s find out!