People throughout the world have now heard or know about the chemicals that are introduced into our municipal drinking water. Thousands are now using water filtration systems, but do water filters remove fluoride and harmful chemicals.
I have two very important question for you,
1. Would you prefer to drink straight tap water or fresh filtered, clean, crisp water?
2. If you had a choice after knowing what was in your tap water this includes some bottled water also, would you still drink it?
Let’s have a quick look at what chemicals we may find in our unfiltered drinking water:
1. Fluoride, 2. Chlorine, 3. Copper, 4. Lead, 5. PFAS, 6.Bacteria
What’s in your tap water
Fluoride ions occur on earth in several minerals, particularly fluorite, but are present only in trace quantities in bodies of water in nature. Its salts and minerals are important chemical reagents and industrial chemicals, mainly used in the production of hydrogen fluoride for fluorocarbons.
Fluoride is an inorganic, monatomic anion with the chemical formula F, and its salts are typically white or colorless. Fluoride has a distinctive bitter taste and is odorless. You can also read more information of the dangers of fluoride in my article “Dangers with fluoride use”.
It is used in purifying water, as a disinfectant and bleach as well as in the manufacture of numerous chemical compounds. It is a greenish-yellow, gaseous element of the halogen group that can combine with most other elements. It is found chiefly in combination with the alkali metals as chlorates and chlorides. Chlorine is highly irritating and poisonous.
It is a chemical used for sanitizing but is also potentially dangerous whether it’s in liquid, solid or pure gas form. It can cause chemical burns when it comes in contact with bare skin and many other symptoms when inhaled in its gas form.
Copper is used as a conductor of heat and electricity, as a building material, and as a constituent of various metal alloys, such as sterling silver used in jewelry, cupronickel used to make marine hardware and coins, and constantan used in strain gauges and thermocouples for temperature measurement.
Copper is used in buildings, usually for roofing and pipping. Copper is sometimes used in decorative art, both in its elemental metal form and in compounds as pigments. Copper compounds are used as bacteriostatic agents, fungicides, and wood preservatives.
Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals, causing health effects.
This is a highly toxic metal and a very strong poison. Poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, this serious and it can sometimes be fatal. Lead is found in lead-based paints, including paint on the walls of old houses and toys.
Drinking water can be a source of exposure in communities where these chemicals have contaminated the water supplies. Such contamination is typically localized and associated with a specific facility, for example, an industrial facility where PFAS were produced or used to manufacture other products or an oil refinery, airfield or other location at which PFAS were used for firefighting.
PFAS are found in a wide range of consumer products that people use daily such as cookware, pizza boxes and stain repellents. Most people have been exposed to PFAS. Certain PFAS can accumulate and stay in the human body for long periods of time. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse health outcomes in humans.
To find a contaminant use one of the search options provided when selecting the link below or go to the Drinking Water Treatability Database
Bacteria are found in every habitat on Earth: soil, rock, oceans and even arctic snow. Some live in or on other organisms including plants and animals including humans. There are approximately 10 times as many bacterial cells as human cells in the human body.
A variety of bacteria, parasites, and viruses, known as pathogens, can potentially cause health problems if humans ingest them. EPA considers total coliforms a useful indicator of other pathogens for drinking water. Total coliforms are used to determine the adequacy of water treatment and the integrity of the distribution system.
What Filters to Choose
There are filters on the market that do remove fluoride from drinking water. The best water filters should not only remove fluoride but also nasty chemicals and bacteria.
These types are usually ceramic filters or reverse osmosis filtering systems.
Activated Carbon Ceramic
Some manufacturers of the candle style filters incorporate a high-performance activated carbon core within the ceramic filter cartridge. The active carbon absorbs compounds such as chlorine and other chemicals as the water seeps through it.
This type of filter needs to be replaced more regularly once the carbon becomes clogged with toxic chemicals. If you wish to remove fluoride you must make sure you purchase or order the correct ceramic filter as there is one with and one without the active carbon.
This is a water purification process that uses a partially permeable membrane to remove ions, unwanted molecules and larger particles from drinking water.
Reverse osmosis can remove many types of dissolved and suspended chemical types as well as biological ones specially bacteria from water. This system is used in both industrial processes and the production of potable water.
The predominant removal mechanism is from differences in solubility or measure of difusion, and the process is dependent mainly on pressure and solute concentration. The result is that the waste is retained on the pressurized side of the membrane and the pure solvent is allowed to pass to the other side.
For more information on water filtration systems go to my article “Home Drinking Water Filtration System – Removes Fluoride”. Here you will get an idea of which fluoride water filtration system will best suit you or your families requirements.
Using a water filtration system is the best decision you will ever make to start reducing your unwanted fluoride and chemical consumption to drink crisp, clean fresh water once again. The health of your body and mind depends on it.
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