Water is the single most important substance for life on earth and the qualities of water vary considerably! From the depths of the oceans with its
bio-diverse marine life to the glaciers of the high mountain peaks, water maintains life on Earth.
For us humans many sources of water are available to us, more for some and less for others. For many the available water sources are
contaminated with bacteria and chemicals such as arsenic, lead, mercury and man caused environmental pollution. Clean living water in the world today
can unarguably be stated as jeopardized!
The majority of the world’s population is increasingly challenged to consume clean healthy water. Just a brief look at the countries of India,
Africa and the continent of Asia and the quality of drinking water in those places would convince anyone.
Let's come closer to home here in North America and look at the magnitude of the problem.
Large Aquifers such as the Oglala aquifer is rapidly and alarmingly being depleted. Industrial waste and pollution have taken costly tolls on
our water supply and now we are finding pharmaceuticals in many of our water sources. Increasingly nitrates from agricultural fertilizer and livestock
waste are contaminating our ground water. In some areas radioactive waste or mineral is the culprit.
Water technologies utilized at your local water treatment plant are a good thing and are critical to our safe water supplies, but by no means do we
have consistently safe water supplies. Occasionally compromised water quality necessitates the need for public warnings that are issued due to a
number of reasons including excessive runoff or drought. Usually in response additional amounts of chlorine, chloramines, and other chemicals
are added to offset bacterial count etc. Who knowingly would want to drink water with chemicals in it especially if they fully understood the
long term consequences to their health? Of course it would beg the question about what are acceptable levels of these
chemicals at least according to the latest research.
The spiraling growth of the bottled water industry is fueled by big business to provide our drinking water solutions and it would
seem to be a permanent one. The concern over how healthy our tap water is for us has spawned a global industry producing bottled water
of almost every conceivable brand name and in huge quantities. However in many cases bottled water has been tested and found to have
contaminants such as synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic with some samples having unacceptable levels of these contaminants.
Biphenyl A used to make plastic water bottles and the plastic lining of soda cans, beer cans, baby bottles and much more has come under
scrutiny by leading researchers. On the other hand the plastic industry emphasizes to us that the plastic products used for beverages,
food and water are safe at least within acceptable levels established by research and product testing.
The cost to produce all those plastic bottles in terms of industrial pollution and consumption of resources is significant.
According to the Sierra Club, the U.S. alone uses 1.5 million barrels of oil to produce all the water bottles we toss each year and this number is rising steadily.
And along with oil, comes unwanted toxins. The processing of plastic water bottle releases toxic compounds such as nickel, ethyl benzene, ethylene oxide,
and benzene into the environment. Furthermore heavy loads of water are transported by diesel guzzling trucks and shipped by ocean freight and
contribute to even more oil consumption.
The sheer number of plastic bottles estimated at 25 billion a year requisitioned to public landfills where in time break down and leech
chemicals into our ground water is fact enough to be a wakeup call. According to the Container Recycling Institute, in the U.S. alone,
more than 67 million plastic water bottles are discarded each day. That’s enough empty plastic water bottles to fill 5500 garbage trucks each day,
bury Manhattan Island one foot deep each day or wrap around the planet 149 times each year! Not easily degraded, empty plastic water bottles
have become a major contributor to worldwide pollution. Alarmingly plastic water bottles make up a large ratio of the garbage patch of
discarded plastic swirling in the Pacific Ocean just a few hundred miles off the coast. This enormous plastic “stew” is currently larger
than twice the size of Texas and growing rapidly!
The large scale cycle of purchasing and consuming bottled water on a daily basis is not without cost. Besides the actual fiscal cost to consumers
there is a huge impact to the environment and a robust cycle of purchasing, transporting, and disposing of those plastic bottles.
Extrapolate potential health costs especially in cases of contaminated water, add up the entire equation and it is not rocket science that we need to
collectively make positive changes to our drinking water solutions.
Good quality water is so vital to our health and well being. Water chemistry is remarkably varied in our
tap water just as the solutions of water filtration systems are. Equally in consideration is the fact that water quality varies tremendously especially since we want the
best water qualities for optimum health. It makes great sense to be drinking water having the best qualities called living water by some
because of the health giving properties.