Benefits of filtered water
What's in my water?
Although tap water in the UK is of a very good quality, why wouldn’t you want to give yourself and your family the best? There are many unwanted items in your drinking water which given the choice, you may not want to drink:
Chlorine is often added to your water by your local water provider. It disinfects the water but can leave it with a nasty taste and smell
If you live in a hard water area calcium and magnesium will be present which you’ll see on the top of your tea & coffee as scum and as flakes of chalky scale in your kettle.
Viruses & Bacteria
Coliform and E coli are some of the most common types of bacteria found in the water supply. Some can be harmless but others can cause gastrointestinal problems.
If you live in a pre-1970’s house the likelihood is you’ll have lead pipes connecting your home to the mains water supply. Lead which can get absorbed into your water supply and can be toxic.
Chemicals used by farmers and gardeners to control pests can be detected in your drinking water. It has been detected in some water supplies above UK standards for drinking water.
Although found in very low levels, pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics, hormones from oral contraceptives and mood stabilisers can be found in many water sources receiving waste water. That includes drinking water.
Fuelled by today’s health conscious culture, where we are more aware than ever of what we put into our bodies and bombarded by pictures of glamorous celebrities clutching bottles of water, drinking bottled water has been linked to a pure and wholesome lifestyle. But while fresh drinking water is essential to our daily well-being, is bottled water really the healthiest option for you, your family and the planet?
Bottled water can cost up to a staggering 1000 times more than tap water. With the average Briton drinking 37.6 litres of bottled water a year, bottled water suddenly seems like an unnecessarily expensive option – particularly at a time when household budgets are squeezed.
A team of scientists found that 70% of popular bottled water brands have surprisingly high levels of bacteria and significantly higher levels than tap water.
Although not a major risk to most people, these levels could pose a threat to vulnerable members of society such as the elderly, pregnant women and children.
Producing and delivering bottled water can create hundreds of times more harmful greenhouse gas compared to tap water.
We can buy bottled water that is flown in from all over the world, from countries such as Fiji where one third of the population doesn’t have access to clean drinking water. And it’s not only the producing and delivering that costs the environment.
As only 1 in 4 plastic bottles are recycled, the rest are dumped in landfill sites or litter our streets, park, rivers and beaches, taking up to 450 years for these plastics to break down.