People often say – “it comes out of my tap clear and it tastes okay so why do I need tp purchase water filters?”
Most contaminants found in our drinking water have no taste and do not add any colour to the water so how do you really know it is safe for your family to drink?
The reality is we are using many more chemicals in our manufacturing, processing, farming and everyday lives today, than in any other period in history. Where do all these chemicals go after their use? Do they mysteriously disappear somewhere?
Chemicals that end up in Our Water Supply
Most chemicals we use in today’s world end up as a waste by-product and typically end up on the ground surface and then get washed into our rivers, lakes, groundwater and oceans. When fossil fuels are burnt, sulphur dioxide (S02) and nitrogen oxide (N02) are released into the atmosphere. These chemical gases react with water, oxygen, and other substances to form mild solutions of sulphuric and nitric acid. These are highly toxic and end up in our water systems.
South Africa has, in general, a limited supply of water as we rely heavily on groundwater and the quality of this water is being threatened by pollution and the destruction of river catchment areas. Water in South Africa is in great demand and as the human population grows so does our ever increasing need for survival. With this growth comes an increase in pollution and catchment destruction and a decrease in the quality of river water and natural environment.
If we are experiencing this water situation now, what will happen in the future?
South Africa can build more dams and water transfer schemes, but this type of infrastructure is expensive and South Africa’s planning in terms of this is lacking. In terms of water quality, the relevant authorities can clean up rivers and impose fines on those individuals/companies that pollute rivers, but these solutions address the symptoms not the problem. All South African’s should be addressing the cause of the problem, i.e. the lack of water conservation in our daily lives.
The “real” solution is to change attitudes towards water conservation. South Africa needs to become “Water Wise”. To be “Water Wise” means that a person will:
- Have the utmost RESPECT for water and all life;
- Use water carefully and not WASTE it;
- Not POLLUTE rivers with liquid and solid waste;
- PAY for water services;
- Take ACTION to solve any water problems;
- CONSERVE water, and thereby CONSERVE the natural environment.
How Can We Protect our Families Drinking Water?
The obvious answer is every household should protect their family’s health by installing a good quality water filter for drinking and cooking. We all need to face the fact that our water is no longer clean and we cannot remain oblivious to the fact that municipalities provide us with water the looks “good enough” for human consumption and use, when in fact most times it is not.
Under counter water filtration makes it affordable for most homes to purify water, making it more than safe enough for consumption and everyday use. The water filters come in various sizes for different applications and household sizes, but all use similar filtration processes that are proven and tested.
It is up to each one of us as individuals to ensure our drinking and cooking water is safe to drink, so we can secure our families health.