Global Awareness: Water Facts
Its common knowledge that water is an essential chemical compound (H2O) that every living thing on this planet needs to survive. Humans, however, need a specialised water formula (even tap water) to minimize contracting waterborne diseases.
Recent statistics show
- 3.4 million people die each year from water-related illnesses
- 780 million people all over the world lack access from safe drinking water (about 1 in 9 people)
- Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease
In a joint monitoring program between UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO), they report on the progress of global water sanitation every two years. According to their 2012 report,
Only 89% of the global population has improved drinking water sources.
Leaving 11% drinking unsafe contaminated water.
There were discrepancies in methods used by developing and least developed countries to determine the sanitation in these parts so the statistics are not conclusive. However, the statistics do provide us with a good indication of where we stand in today’s world.
Governments in all countries set standards to ensure the safety of their drinking water, and in countries like Australia, our water is sanitised and chemically enhanced to be safer for consumption.
So How is Our Drinking Water Sanitised?
According to some protection agencies, there are ways to impose the safety of public water systems. One common process that limits harmful pathogens or diseases causing organisms is by adding Chlorine to the drinking water supplies and this process is called Chlorination.
What is Chlorine
Chlorine is a disinfectant that when added to water eliminates bacteria and viruses that may be present in drinking water.
To this day, chlorine has greatly improved drinking water supplies.
Effects of Chlorine in Drinking Water: Good or Bad?
Chlorination in water is the process in which chlorine is added to tap water for purification.
Scientific data indicate that adding chlorine in water imposes more health benefits compared to health risks. Municipal water filtration systems apply small amounts of chlorine in their distribution facilities where it travels directly onto the household’s tap.
However, chlorine as a disinfectant also reacts with certain things present in the water forming by-products which can cause some discomfort for consumers.
So what are the risks?
People who have consumed tap water with excess amounts of chlorine experience irritating effects to their eyes and nose and stomach aches.
Long term exposure to high levels of chlorine disinfectants by-products indicated an increased cancer risk and posed health threats during pregnancy.
Ways to Make Water Safer For Drinking
Even with the Government and other agencies working together to provide access to safe drinking water, there is uncertainty if chlorination in water is actually causing water-related diseases or increasing health issues.
To help make your water safer and minimize health risks,
water filters are the best alternative.
What you need to know about water filters?
Water filters are more effective and cost-effective than curing health issues caused by long term exposure to chlorine in tap water. Water filters remove impurities and cleanse the water even further, but not all filters work the same.
Consumer reports say that most households purchase the wrong equipment thus defying the purpose of what they purchased. In terms of water filters, there are hundreds upon hundreds of them in the market, find which one fits your need and is of good quality.
Have your water tested for contaminants and use a water filter that can remove the chemicals and by-products from your water source. If more than one health risk is determined, find a multi-stage filter that will eliminate these contaminants.
We cannot dictate the process in which the Government takes action regarding health issues, but we have control of what we use in our homes. Make your drinking water safer with water filters that do the job.
- US Environmental Protection Agency Article 1
- US Environmental Protection Agency Article 2