As if we needed yet another case of severe contamination and the resulting cancer cases to prove to us that we shouldn’t trust the water! Now we hear that the people living on Camp Lejeune have been drinking contaminated water for years (article). Every day I could write about another story of people getting cancer from toxins in the drinking water. The answer is always the same; “We didn’t know that the water was contaminated!”
Ok, let’s get this straight. You don’t know what is in your water. Here’s why…
1) You can’t taste contaminants. Taste, odor and appearance simply cannot be relied upon to detect the broad spectrum of contaminants that may be in your water. Some of the new chemicals can be extremely toxic in very tiny amounts. Dioxin, for example, is dangerous in levels of parts per quadrillion or even quintillion. These are such fantastic numbers that our minds have a hard time grasping it.
2) When the government says that your water is safe, it can still contain harmful contaminants. I’ve written a lot about this because I think it’s one of the biggest points of confusion for people. The government uses a legal definition for the words “safe drinking water”, whereas people use the English language definition. You are responsible!
3) Water changes. If you trust test results, then you are just relying upon a snapshot in time of water at a certain location. Here’s some breaking news; water is fluid. It changes like, well, water. There are seasonal changes in pesticide use, chlorine use and biological contamination. Water lines can break, businesses can have backflows in which some chemical that they are using actually goes backwards in the water line and contaminates the water downstream. The possibilities for contamination are endless.
4) Testing is incomplete. Even when cities test their water, they are only testing for some contaminants and they don’t test for others. There are a huge number of possible contaminants that could be in the water and you simply can’t check for them all.
The answer is to take your water into your own hands. Get the best purification system possible, which by the way happens to be one of our water distillers. Take the extra steps so that you can stop worrying about what’s in your water.