Water is one of the Most Valuable Natural Resources on Earth.

Posted: May 5, 2017 | By: Rocio Ramos

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

While tap and public water systems are readily available in the United States, it’s still reported that about two out of three Americans are not consuming enough water.[1] Many individuals will only drink bottled water because they dislike the taste, odor, and color of tap water.[2] When bottled water is unavailable, or comes at a high cost, it may lead to the overconsumption of sugary drinks which are often inexpensive and easy to find. Regrettably, this sugary attempt to quench one’s thirst only leads to more thirst, more consumption, and ultimately more health problems; all while failing to provide you with the hydration your body needs. Drinking water is vital to your health!

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Water quality is essential

As important as it is that you’re drinking enough water, you also want to make sure that your drinking water tastes great.  Chlorine and other pollutants are found in many of our drinking water systems today. Testing by water utilities has found 300 pollutants in the tap water Americans drink and more than half of the chemicals detected are not subject to health or safety regulations and can legally be present in any amount.[3]

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, tap water can be contaminated by naturally occurring chemicals and minerals, viruses, bacteria and parasites, local land-use practices (such as pesticides), industry and sewer overflow and failing septic tanks.[4]  This can happen through a variety of mechanisms, such as water line leaks, old pipes, or the introduction of new pharmaceutical and personal care products into the water systems. By using a filtration or purification system, you can help improve the quality of your drinking water.

[1] http://www.bc.edu/offices/dining/nutrition/topics/drinkenough.html

[2] http://www.bottledwatermatters.org/why-choose-bottled-water

[3] http://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2011/09/keeping-you-dark-tap-water-contaminants

[4] https://www.cdc.gov/healthyhomes/bytopic/water.html

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