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Why You Need a Drinking Water Filter: Health Reasons

Aug 10, 2008
Getting ready to buy drinking water filters? That's a great decision. Some people believe that a drinking water filter for their home is not a necessary expense. This is difficult to believe because they are not expensive, at all.

Drinking water filters are far less expensive than a personal computer or a television set. But, many people feel that those are "necessary" items. It is rare to find a household these days without a TV and a computer, but it's just as rare to see a house with a drinking water filter or filtration system.

Groups of scientists and environmentalist warn governments about the dangers of chlorination, but there are as well dangers associated with no chlorination. During the Peruvian cholera outbreak in 1991, the local facilities were advised by the experts to use chlorine to kill the cholera pathogen. Nonetheless, local officials in Peru and other countries were reluctant to use it, because chlorination by-products or THMs increase the risk of cancer.

Researchers in Canada recently estimated that a total of 703 cancer cases per year were caused by exposure to THMs. But, 10,000 people died from cholera between the months of January and February, 1991 in Peru.

Yes, THMs increase the risk of cancer and everyone should have showerhead and drinking water filters to reduce the risk. But, don't petition government agencies to stop chlorinating the water. It just isn't practical.

Of course, chlorine is used nearly everywhere and government agencies try to control the amount of exposure as much as possible, but other disinfection methods are simply not as effective. Buying a point-of-use drinking water filter that removes chlorine and THMs is the only answer.

If treatment facilities do not add chlorine, algae will begin to grow in the pipes. Algae itself will affect the taste of water, but microorganisms that cause cholera and other waterborne illnesses would begin to flourish among the algae. I mention this in case you were wondering why treatment facilities couldn't use carbon filtration to remove the chlorine as the water leaves the facility.

Another recent study warns that the risk to those who swim in chlorinated pools, combined with exposure at home from drinking and showering, is "unacceptable" and "something should be done". Why don't they just advise swimmers to get showerhead and drinking water filters?

In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency now requires that facilities publish a quality report on an annual basis. On them, they list chlorine and chloramines, along with THMs.

They began to require facilities to do this report after a California study showed that women who drink five or more glasses a day of regular tap water have a higher rate of miscarriage, possibly due to chlorine. Why don't they just suggest that pregnant women get a drinking water filter? A filter is less expensive than prenatal vitamins and it's a reasonable solution that could achieve healthy results right away.

Scientists want you to be aware of the risks and government officials expect you to make your own decisions. It just seems so logical to me, so go ahead you can get the best drinking water filters on the market for less than $125 and showerhead units cost even less. Don't you think your family's health is worth the investment?
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The Author: Thomas C. Manso - If you are investigating for a water filtration system with great value, consider the Aquasana water filters. You will notice softer skin and hair in just a few days by showering and bathing in filtered water.
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