Bottled water is often touted as a convenient option for healthy hydration when you’re on the go. But, according to Texas-based Green Water Technologies, bottled water may not be as good for you as the bottle leads you to believe.
Q: What factors determine the health of the water we drink?
Green Water Technologies: Water is, of course, the best way to hydrate. However, depending on its source, it may have contaminants that can be downright bad for your health. These include bacteria, contaminants of emerging concern, such as waste from cosmetic and household cleaning products, and even algal bloom from lakes and other water sources.
Q: Is bottled water safer than tap water?
Green Water Technologies: While it’s easy to think it is, the truth is that tap water is probably your best bet. This is because there is currently no specific law that requires water bottlers to disclose potential contaminants. And really, the vast majority of commercially sold water in the United States comes from a municipal source, the same as the water you get at home.
Living in a home with hard, unconditioned water can cause major issues for your water-using appliances. According to Green Water Technologies, your hot water heater is that at risk of premature breakdown, up to a decade before the appliance’s normal lifespan.
If you don’t have a whole home water filtration system, draining your hot water heater once or twice per year can help. Representatives from Green Water Technologies explain that it is also a good idea to drain the system to remove sediment once your water filtration system is installed. Here’s how:
Despite popular belief, municipal water treatment does not remove all particles from a city’s drinking water. Green Water Technologies explains what treatment does and does not do in the following brief Q&A.
Q: What are coagulation and flocculation?
Green Water Technologies: These are often the first stages of water treatment and involve adding chemicals that provide a positive charge to water and a negative charge to dirt and other undesirable particles. The dirt particles then bind together and form larger groups known as floc.
Q: How is water filtered at a treatment center?
Green Water Technologies: Since floc is heavier than water, it settles at the bottom of a large tank; this is the sedimentation process. This sediment is left in the tank while the lighter, cleaner water is pumped through a series of filters made of charcoal, sand, and gravel to remove other, smaller particles.
We don’t think much about the quality of our water in the United States. We expect to turn on the faucet and at the very least survive our drinking experience. But people in other countries don’t always have it as easy, says Green Water Technologies. Here, the Texas-based water filtration systems installation company opens up on how some enterprising philanthropists are using water filtration technology to save lives.
Q: Why is it dangerous to drink water in certain parts of the world?
Green Water Technologies: There are many third-world countries where people typically get their drinking and bathing water from the same bodies of water where livestock eat and dump waste. In remote regions of Africa, for example, this water contains microorganisms along with cholera and typhoid bacteria.
More than 9 in 10 bottles of water tested in a recent study proved positive for high levels of plastic debris contamination.
Green Water Technologies has always been an advocate of the home filtration process. Now, it seems the Texas-based company has even more reasons to get the word out about water. In a recent study conducted by the State University of New York at Fredonia, researcher Dr. Sherry Mason tested 259 bottles of water from nine countries, including the United States. The testing, which included seven of the most popular brands of bottled water, revealed startling – and disturbing – results.
According to Green Water Technologies, 93 percent of the samples tested were found to contain high levels of plastic debris, known as microplastics. This includes polyethylene terephthalate and polypropylene. The vast majority – 65 percent — of the contaminated samples were not from the bottle itself but from the plastic cap.
There may not be such a thing as perfect drinking water but there are certainly bodies of water that offer the perfect balance of beauty and cleanliness to enjoy for leisure or recreation. Here, Texas-based water filtration provider Green Water Technologies opens up about some of the world’s most beautiful – and clean – bodies of water.
Oregon’s Crater Lake has been called the cleanest large body of water on Earth. According to Green Water Technologies, this 1,943 foot deep lake is fed almost entirely by rain and snow. There are no incoming rivers or streams to deposit sediment, mud, and contaminants.
There is more salt water on Earth than freshwater, says the water mavens from Green Water Technologies. But for all its benefits, including recreation, there is one important thing saltwater simply can’t do and that is sustain human life.
Q: Why can’t humans drink salt water?
Green Water Technologies: While salt is a necessary nutrient, too much or too little can wreak havoc on the body’s operating system. It can essentially cause the body to dehydrate and shut down.
Q: Doesn’t the body have a way to stabilize sodium?
Green Water Technologies: At a cellular level, yes. The body is capable of stabilizing some salt and prevent excess from entering our cells since each cell is outfitted with a semipermeable membrane. However, semipermeable is not impermeable and, under enough pressure, salinated water can replace the cell’s water content.