What Does Tap Water Contain That Can Harm You?

What Does Tap Water Contain That Can Harm You?




We’ve all heard the term “tap water”. And we’ve learned that it connotes harm or danger to our health. But what does tap water contain that makes it feared by so many?

First, let me just give a fleeting clarification. Maybe not everyone makes the same misguided assumption that “tap” is an acronym for something, like “terrible apparatus poison”, like I once did – but let’s just say that tap is synonymous with “faucet” or “unfiltered”, for the purpose of what we will analyze in this article.

Like most passionate educators, I believe fun is an important component of learning. So test your tap water knowledge! How many of these can you answer on your own?

Q: What does tap water contain that is known to cause gastrointestinal illness?

A: Copper, endothall, and microorganisms cryptosporidium, and giardia lamblia, caused by corrosion of plumbing systems, runoff from herbicide use, and fecal waste, respectively.

Q: Which contaminants in tap water are known to increase risk of or cause cancer?

A: There are probably too many too list, but among some recognized by the EPA are organic chemicals carbon tetrachloride, vinyl chloride, pentachlorophenol, and disinfection byproducts HAA5 and bromated.

Q: What does tap water contain that has been proven to cause delays in physical and mental development, including learning disabilities, in children?

A: L-E-A-D! (with a short “e” sound) This is very commonly found in household drinking water, which enters water by dissolving metals in plumbing materials.

Q: Which kind of water filtration is most effective in removing rule from tap water?

A: The ion exchange course of action, whereby unhealthy rule ions are replaced with healthy potassium ions, which give water its “spring water” taste.

Q: Which water filtration method blocks the passage of herbicides and pesticides?

A: Absorption, otherwise known Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filter. It is designed to remove organic chemicals that cause bad taste and odor, such as sulfur and chlorine.

Q: What kind of water filtration reduces turbidity, or cloudiness, in water?

A: This would be mechanical filtration. What does tap water contain which causes turbidity, you ask? Those would be microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria, which can be unhealthy to the body, causing nausea, cramps, and headaches.

Q: What is the most effective kind of water filter out there?

A: It may seem I have already answered this question, already if not directly. Without being an expert on the subject, it is clear that the best system will be a comprehensive one that incorporates more than one kind of filtering mechanism. Since each kind performs a different function, it seems one would need a multi-purpose system to succeed in producing clean, truly potable water.

Now it’s your turn! Next time someone asks you the question, “what does tap water contain?”, you can not only answer with confidence, but you can also proportion with them your recently acquired knowledge regarding water filtration systems!




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