2022 - Erin says superman is not coming..... your up to date thoughts?I am a former manager of a water purifaction equipment business. While there I have learned quite a bit of info on water among other things. I'm going to give some further info that has not been mentioned in this topic.
First of all let's talk about water shall we? It is agreed that water is good for you. The only probelm is not all water is. I have been testing bottled and tap water for some time now. My experience has proved to me that tap water in most of the USA should not be consumed. The first thing you should know about is "Trichloromethanes", or "THM's" as they are commonly referred to. You see Chlorine is the cheapest form of disenfectant that money can buy. While it works wonders in killing most bacteria, there is a downside to it. "THM's" are a product of chlorine and and orgaincs mixing togeather. Orgaincs are twigs,leaves, rotting vegetation and so on. When these two come togeather an oderless and scentless gas called THM's are formed. THM's are catagorized as a carcinogen wich means it causes cancer among other things. Just to let you know THM's are suspected to be the one of the leading causes of rectal and bladder cancer in humans. It is also belived that THM's are responsible for miscarriges in women. There is a multi million class action lawsuit taking place in Virginia on that right now.
If you want to stay THM free there are a few options for you. For consumption, any bottled water will be THM free. If you must drink it out of the tap then here's what you do to eliminate it. Remember that THM's are a gas. Fill up a pitcher of water and let it sit for 2 hours with the top off so it can breath. THM's are a gas and will disipate from the water in this time. You can now drink your tap water THM free!
Uh oh, THM's are still haunting you! You thought drinking it was bad? Well your not going to like this at all. Every time you turn on your tap water, run the dishwasher, take a shower, do the laundry, wash your car, etc., you are exposing yourself to THM's. Remember it's a gas and will rise into the air. Breathing THM's are 6 times worse than consuming them. All this time you thought you were safe in your own home.:eek Now I'm sure you would like to know or at least verify that I am not bullshitting you right? Okay no problem, I'm here to help. Go to your local Home Depot or pool store and buy a chlorine test kit for a swimming pool. Read the instructions, follow them and then test your tap water. If your results show up at .5PPM or higer, Sorry but your fucked. Wanna know how to fix it? If you do then let me know.
Now on to other wonders of water. I think it was stated that coke along with other soda's are in the 2.0 PH range. Now 2.0 is very acidic and will do tons of damage to lot's of stuff. What you need to realize is this. The PH scale runs from 1-14. 1 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkyline. Now 7.0 on the PH scale is nuetral. 7.0 is the center of a PH scale, Lower than 7.0 is acidic and higher than 7.0 is alkyline. Make sense to you? If so read on, If not then your on the internet and can surely find more info on it. Well you would think that drinking an acidic beverage would eat our stomach up right? Well did you know as humans we are naturally acidic? The PH of a human being is in the 5.0-5.5 range. Now if your water's PH was at 5.0-5.5 and you had copper pipes, They would be destroyed within 6-7 years. Labratory studies by universities have proved that. I'm not saying that soda's wont effect you or your internals in the long run, but the stories people put out there about it eating up everything don't show the other side.
Oh geez now you guys are really going to hate me. Ever heard of Cryptospirridium or Gauirda Lambia? Sounds like a bad horror movie right? Well these are 2 types of Bateria that Chlorine has no effect on. There have been several ongoing occasions in public water (And well water) where these nasty bastards have shown up. They won't kill an average healthy adult, But they will make you sick. If your elderly, very young, weak immune system, or an animal, this can kill you. You ever heard of, or had a boiled water advisory? If you did these 2 types of bacteria were the culprit of them. You still craving for a glass of tap water? How about bottled water? LMFAO!!! Don't worry peeps, just keep reading.
Now these small waterbourne items I have mentioned only scratch the surface of whats floating around in microscopic form in your water supply. Another item I will tell you about is minerals. Now most people think minerals are good for you. Well in all honesty they are, if it's in an organic state. What I am talking about is iron, calcium, magnesium, and so on. These are only good for you if they are in an organic state. When you eat foods you are getting minerals in an organic state. When you drink water you are getting them in another way. Most every water supply contains minerals in the water, only they are from inorganic properites such as rocks. As a human you can't digest inorganic materials. It is in no way possible to do so. The minerals in your water are compared to swallowing a rock. You cannot digest a rock. So where do all these minerals go when you drink water? Ever heard of a kidney stone? Yup that's right, your kidney has no way to remove inorganic minerals. Sorry to be the grim reaper here.
How about that bottled water? Shit bottled water is way better than tap water right? Uh sorry that's not the case 99% of the time. I have tested most bottled water on the market. It contains everything short of THM's. It does add a bonus sometimes though. You see when the bottles themsleves are manufactured, They are shipped to the water supplier without a cap in the back of a 18 wheeler. What happens in some occasions is that airbourne bacteria gets into the bottles before the water is added. Isn't that a bitch? To make it worse, It get's very hot in an enclosed trailer and bacteria thrives on warmth. Bateria grows and multiplies at a rapid pace in a warm enviromemt. Think aobut that when you pop the top on that water you just paid $1 for.
I guess you want the solution now right? Ya I figured that much. If your going to drink bottled water then I reccomend only 2 brands. Aquafina wich is manufactured by Pepsi is nothin more that the purest water you can buy. They use a process of filtration called "reverse osmosis" which is the best form of drinking water filtration known to man. The latter of my reccomendations is Dasini which is made by Coca-Cola. The only downside to this is that minerals are left in the water. On the bottle they claim it is for the flavor. My opinion is that they do not want to pay for "Reverse Osmosis" filtration. In any event don't go outside of these brands.
What about fixing your tap water? How can I rid my entire house of THM's? Well there's a few ways to do this. A quality drinking water filtration system is a great idea. Reverse Osmosis is the Best, and Carbon block filtration systems fall in right behind them. For your entire home, there are "Whole House Filtration Systems" available. Your needs will depend on your specific water quality and your water should be tested by a professional before you decide to make a purchase. The Home Depot and Sears brands are merely a feeble attempt in fixing your water situation. If you are going to buy some type of water filtration then use a reputable and professional company that specializes in water filtration. Do not give yourself a false sense of security by running to Home Depot and getting one of their "General Purpose" filters. The prices will differ greatly from the local home store and a professional water treatment company, but you will only get what you pay for. If you need further help on this let me know.
That about sums it up for this edition of "Water Quality 101" I have spoken with tousands of people about water quality and allot of questions arrise. Feel free to ask and I will answer them for you.