For most Americans drinking filtered water is an option. But around the world, the question becomes what’s in your water.
The three main types of drinking water are filtered water, tap water, and bottled water. Tap water is not potable in a lot of countries. Therefore it has to be boiled first before use. Even in North America, all tap water is not potable—for instance, the Michigan water crisis, the Flint and the First Nations indigenous water crisis in Canada are still not fully resolved.
Water is supposed to be tasteless, but we all know that tap water can be tasty. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) study in 2003 showed that public water supplies in 19 of America’s biggest cities delivered drinking water that its contaminant level exceeded EPA limits, including arsenic, rocket fuel, lead, chemical byproducts, and fecal waste.
NRDC’s study showed that approximately 25% of bottled water is nothing more than just tap water. The best way to find out is to read the label on the bottle and find out if it says anything about how the water is filtered. If it does not mention the filtering processes, then chances are it is just tap water.
A big problem associated with bottled water is the plastic bottle itself. Some plastic bottles contain a chemical called bisphenol A, also known as BPA. This chemical has been linked to a lot of health issues, such as obesity, infertility, diabetes, insomnia, heart disease, arthritis, and many more. Also, the plastic bottles add to the trash that goes into the oceans and landfills, adding to environmental degradation.
The best option is drinking filtered water. The Food and Water Watch Organization reports that even expensive water filters are more cost effective than bottled water, especially when evaluating costs over a 5, 10 and 20-year period.
The water filters provide the last line of defense between our body and the more than 2,200 known toxins that may be present in drinking water. Water experts recommend the use of a water filter that satisfies the NSF International standards, a nonprofit organization that carries out research and safety testing for water and food industries. Look specifically for what type of contaminants the water filter will remove.
The PiMag Waterfall complies with NSF standards as follows:
NSF Standard 42—Reduction of chloramine, chlorine, taste, and odor*NSF Standard 53—Reduction of volatile organic chemicals, mercury*NSF Standard 372—Lead compliance
*Reverse Osmosis systems do not remove VOCs, chlorine or chloramine.
The PiMag Waterfall® is a cutting-edge filtration procedure that produces water with increased minerals (unlike expensive Reverse Osmosis systems that leach out beneficial minerals) in a pH range of 8.5-9.5. Regular tap water typically has a pH range of 6.5-8.5, with 7 considered “basic” and below 7 is acidic.
Because the PiMag Waterfall works without plumbing or electricity, it can be used in any location. As with all PiMag products, the Waterfall is made of recyclable and biodegradable materials, including a polymer that does not leach chemicals into the water.