I don’t like tap water. Most tap water in the US is chlorinated and fluoridated (fluoride). Although these processes have their benefits they make me uneasy. The chlorine irritates me and I’m weary of fluoridation (this link explains a little about the problems with fluoridation) . There have also been reports coming from various parts of the world of water treatment plants being ineffective at filtering out pharmaceuticals (like Prozac and other SSRI’s, Synthetic estrogen, and others) that are peed out by people prescribed these substances – yes, the water you flush down the toilet comes right back into your home after its treat at the treatment plant. Although I honestly have not researched this pharmaceutical issue myself, I am certain that the chlorine in tap water does not fly well with me. Besides irritating my esophagus and mouth, chlorine can throw off the balance of bacteria and microbes in our guts. The whole reason it is in our water is to kill bacteria. That’s great, I don’t want to be ingesting bacteria from waste water but if the chlorine is not effectively filtered out then it is having that same negative effect on my ever so precious gut flora. Yes, the stomach breaks down most of the chlorine but what about the balance of beneficial bacteria in my mouth, esophagus, and stomach that gets killed off by drinking this chlorinated water, One used to be able to leave tap water out for several hours and the chlorine would mostly evaporate out. The new trend with water treatment plants is to use monochloramine which does NOT evaporate out of the water if the tap water is left to sit.
- Get a water filter. Reverse osmosis is preferred. Filter jugs (Britttta, PURRR etc.) are a small step in the right direction but they may not be enough. Invest in a mutlistage water filter that attaches to your faucet. It ends up costing about the same as a Brittta over time.
- Order spring water to be deliverred to your home/office in those big reusable 5 gallon jugs. When you finish the jug they make awesome hand drums!
- Find a local spring or tested well water.
Anyhow, I’ve started getting my water from a spring a friend introduced me to in Conway MA. It is high elevation so there is a good balance of trace minerals in the water. It’s also delicious. The people of the community have built this amazing little “fill station”. I rented a zip car and loaded up my 6 – 5-gallon jugs for a fillup!