August is National Water Quality Month
The Environmental Protection Agency has designated August as National Water Quality Month, which is a perfect chance to consider the purity of the water that you drink or use. Water quality can vary greatly from locale to locale; from tap to bottle. Some water may contain a few rather harmless microbes and bacteria, while other sources can be contaminated with dangerous microbes and bacteria, lead, or other harmful compounds, or even radioactive minerals that can impair your health.
Water Quality Challenges
If you are concerned about your water quality, items to watch out for include high levels of microbes, radionuclides, cryptosporidium, arsenic, lead, uranium, giardia and inorganic contamination. While the United States has some of the cleanest water on Earth, many people here no longer trust their tap water. Depending on where you live, even in the U.S., it may well pay to be on guard. The issue of water purity is a problem worth solving, especially given the critical importance of keeping your body well hydrated.
Sufficient Water Consumption is Key To Good Health
Why is drinking enough water so important? For starters, water is an essential nutrient which makes up 55-75% of your body, transports nutrients in and cellular waste out, regulates body temperature, protects your organs and helps you stay mentally alert. In fact, drinking too little water leads to dehydration and is associated with memory loss, reduced cognitive function, kidney problems, and even weight gain. If you feel thirsty, you are already on behind with regard to sufficient hydration.
Did you know water is also a great energy booster? Even mild dehydration can leave you feeling drained and sluggish. Water facilitates all biochemical reactions, including the production of vital ATP molecules that power our bodies with energy.
Water Treatment Options
Given the importance of this life-giving fluid, what are your options when it comes to purity and safety? Here are some suggestions, in order of cost.
- Least expensive is a filtered water pitcher through which you run your tap water. These are fast and easy, and definitely clean out many, but not all, contaminants.
- Next best is buying bottled, or distilled water (depending on your use or preference), though it’s far from eco-friendly if you use disposable plastic bottles. A delivery service or fill-your-own reusable 5-gallon jug is far better for both budget and the environment.
- More elaborate water filtration systems that attach to your kitchen sink are the next level up. These are hassle-free once installed and the better ones yield very clean water.
- A complete home filtration system, while the costliest option, is ideal, since this gives you drinking water from all taps, which also allows you to brush your teeth, bathe and shower in water that has had potentially harmful compounds removed.
Be sure to contact the water treatment specialists at Brubaker Inc. if you wish to have your water tested. Should you desire or need a water treatment solution, Brubaker Inc. can determine what best fits your needs, lifestyle, and budget.
Other Information Regarding Water Quality
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Outsmarting Female Fatigue: Eight Energizing Strategies for Lifelong Vitality by Debra Waterhouse. 2002, Hyperion Publishing