This discussion is a bit off topic for my blog, but you may find it very useful. I wanted to talk about the water we drink.
About 18 years ago I was living in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. My home shared community water well with 10 other homes. This was a natural source of water untouched by fluoride, chlorine and any other contaminants. However, I thought I would see if the water was as pure as it possibly could be. At first I bought one of those Brita water pitchers to filter the water I drank. I did notice some residue in the filter. I switched to the Brita type that fits on the faucet. With this type of filter I noticed what appeared to be calcium deposits. Calcium deposits can cause calcium deposits in your body, such as kidney stones.
The next type of filtration system I went to is known as a countertop water filter. This type of filter system attaches to your faucet. The water from the faucet runs through several different filters before depositing the filtered water in the countertop filter’s reservoir. If you are living in an apartment or rented home, where you cannot make major improvements to the plumbing, this is a good way to go. I am currently planning on purchasing a Berkey water filter system as a back up to the in home system I am currently using. Click here to see the one I intend on purchasing.
Currently I live in a small town which boasts about how pure their water is. For the past five years I have been using a 6 stage reverse osmosis, ultra violet water system from Affordable Water. Reverse osmosis is a process in which the water runs through a membrane to cleanse the water. The reverse osmosis is in addition to other types of filters in the system. Ultra violet is a process in which the water runs through an ultra violet light to kill any viruses, bacteria, etc. Click here to see my current system.
About every four months my filters look like the following photo. The boasts, from the city, about the purity of their water doesn’t hold much water (pun intended). The water filters are the purest color of white when I install them. The reddish tint of the filters is rust particles. However, rust isn’t the only thing the filters are filtering out. The city puts in fluoride, chlorine and a bunch of chemicals I can’t even pronounce. All for my safety they tell me.
When I go to a restaurant I am amazed at how terrible the water tastes compared to what my in home water tastes like. I have had plumbers taste my water and remark how good it tastes compared to what they taste at other homes they go to. If you are not currently filtering your water I hope you look into it for your health’s sake.