Why Is It Important To Have Pure, Clean,Safe, Conditioned Water?
It has been documented that hard water is found in about 85 percent of all the water in the United States. Hard water is created by the water filtering through the earth where it has access to rock formations that have calcium, magnesium and many other minerals. Because the water travels through these formations, sometimes for great distances, these minerals become completely dissolved in the water. Many of us that have hard water often experience the residue left on our bathtubs, sinks, faucets, hot-water heaters, etc.
Many of these symptoms of hard water are obvious and can easily be detected. However there are those of us that have hard water that have grown so accustomed to it that we fail to detect these obvious symptoms. People accustomed to hard water do not notice an increase in detergent use, our clothes fading prematurely and those whites that turn a pale yellow over time. All our appliances that use water have decreased life spans, such as, washing machines, hot water heaters, dishwashers, faucets, etc., which help drain the family budget. When you look at the entire picture it is easy to see that having hard water is something most of us can do without. Fortunately having hard water in most cases has an easy solution.
Bacteria and Contaminants......
It is difficult to list all the contaminants that are present in the water. Some of these contaminants are healthy for us, however it is the contaminants that are unhealthy that concern us. The problem with most contaminants is that they can not be seen. These organic and inorganic substances are washed into our water supplies by rain and can consist of contaminants such as,insecticides, fertilizers,herbicides and many others. It is becoming increasingly difficult to control the amounts of pollutants and contaminants that are contaminating our water supplies.
Studies conducted by the Centers of Disease and Prevention, The Natural Resource Defense Council, and the EPA show some very interesting facts.
- 41% of well water sampled showed signs of contamination with coliform bacteria.
- 40% of public water suppliers have violated federal standards for water quality safety.
- 40 million people in the United States use water that contains harmful levels of lead.
Water contaminated with harmful bacteria can create many problems such as, Diarrhea, Cramps, Nausea, Headaches, and in some cases, serious illiness. Some of the problems that can occur if Lead is present in your water and is at higher than permitted levels are, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Paralysis, Brain and Spinal Cord damage (especially in children). And if a woman is pregnant, lead contamination can result in a miscarriage. Fortunately Solutions for bacterial as well as other forms of contamination are available.
This chemical is present in many of the water supplies today and is used to help prevent bacterial contamination. However, according to the Presidents Council of Environmental Quality there is increased evidence that the use of Chlorine in drinking water is associated with rectal, colon, and bladder cancer.