Waterborne contaminants are not a new health risk. It has been the topic of discussion for years, inciting debates on policies, restrictions and technology when it comes to the water you use every day. Last year, a study by the University of California-Berkley’s School of Public Health shed some light on a population that may be more susceptible that the rest when it comes to contamination: the elderly. The report showed while some risk levels are acceptable for the public at large, the “immunocompromised” may need to invest in extra precautions. The article Increased Risk in the Elderly from Tap Water Consumption goes on to say, “…POU drinking water filters were found to reduce stomach illness in the elderly (persons over the age of 55). The incidence of highly credible gastrointestinal disease among those with and without purification systems differed by 12 percent, a statistically significant improvement. It is important to note that the supplied water was from a high quality, treated source in Sonoma County, California that met all state federal water quality standards during the survey period. Thus, the additional rate of illness could be even higher in less quality supplies that are not treated at the POU.” The overarching theme of these studies is to simply make people aware of their water. It is up to the individual to watch their faucet, and it is up to the individual to do something about it if there is an issue. source – www.culliganh2pointo.com
TDS (Total Dissolved Solids)Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) is a term used to define the amount of all the dissolved minerals in the water. Dissolved solids come from rock dissolved by water. High dissolved solids may have the following effects:
- Bad Taste – This could be really any variety of tastes, but more common would be salty, bitter, or astringent
- Scaling – High hardness in conjunction with high alkalinity or sulfates causes scale
- Spotting – Even with soft water, a residue can be left behind on a surface after the water has evaporated
- Mineral Fur – Mineral Fur is found around water spigots/faucets due to the accumulation of solids upon evaporation
- Laxative Effect – caused by high sulfate
There is a theme I am hitting on right now, and it’s Drinking Water Month. So, here are some very quick ways to get an indication on how your drinking water stacks up.
- Check your ice cubes. If they are cloudy, you may have a water issue.
- Take the sniff test. Does your water have an odor? Is it similar to a swimming pool smell? Or a rotten egg smell?
- If you have a pet, pour some water from a bottle in a bowl and some tap water in another bowl. If your pet chooses to drink the bottled water, you may have high levels of chlorine in your tap water.
- Make a cup of tea with bottled water and one with tap water. Put the teas in a glass. If the tap water tea is darker than the bottled water tea, then you may benefit from a reverse osmosis (RO) drinking water system.
- Track how much you spend each week on single-serve bottled water. If it’s more than $5 weekly, you could put a virtual “bottled water plant” under your sink for only pennies a glass.