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Is Tap Water Safe for Your Family?

May 3rd, 2018 | By: Nancy Ripton
Not all water is created equally. Find out why drinking tap water could be harmful to your health and how to seek out a better option.

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Is Tap Water Safe for Your Family?

Hydration is good for everyone’s health but certain tap water may not be the best choice for your family. Find out what’s coming out of your tap and how to choose a safer water supply.

What is in your Water

Our water pipes are literally crawling with millions of bacteria. In fact, one glass of tap water contains about 10 million bacteria.

Before you freak out, most of this bacteria is good, and even necessary, in that it helps to purify our water. However, the balance of good versus bad bacteria is changing. Our water purification systems and pipes are aging, which opens the way for leaching of lead and other unsafe bacteria into the water we drink.

Biofilms are layers of bacteria that form on the inner surfaces of water pipes. While most are not harmful, they can provide a safe place for harmful bacteria such as E. coli or Legionella to hide, and possibly break off into the water supply.

Also, according the EPA, lead can enter drinking water when pipes that contain lead corrode. Many of the existing pipes were made with lead and haven’t been removed. A study of 15,000 residential Toronto households found that 13 per cent contained unsafe levels of lead.

On top of this, fluoride is added to most water supplies, despite outcries from certain regions such as the district of Peel in Ontario. While results are still up in the air as to the possible harm, the American Cancer Society does admit that the research surrounding osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer) is inconclusive.