With all the benefits associated with water consumption, it is hard to imagine that you could be doing harm to your body by drinking your tap water. That might be the case, though, especially if you live in Indianapolis. Indy’s water is dirty. In fact, out of the top 100 large cities in the United States, Indianapolis has the 90th dirtiest water according to a report from The Environmental Working Group (EWG).
EWG rated big city (population over 250,000) water utilities based on three factors: the total number of chemicals detected since 2004, the percentage of chemicals found of those tested, and the highest average level for an individual pollutant. All numbers were relative to legal limits or national average amounts and included the most common pollutants (disinfection byproducts, nitrate and arsenic). For more information about how the EWG rated drinking water quality click here.
If you have been a patient in our office, you have undoubtedly been told about the health benefits of consuming water. Proper water consumption has been shown to provide a wide variety of benefits from improving your mood to preventing cancer. Water is your body’s vehicle for waste removal; without it, toxins remain in the body longer than they should which can inhibit the bodies ability to functional properly.
Obviously water has numerous benefits and we kind of need it to survive, so stopping your water intake is not a good solution to our dirty water problem. Luckily water filters are available that can remove many of these harmful elements. But which filter is best for you? Filters run the gamut from pitchers that sit on your counter to whole house filters that clean all the water that comes into your home. There are pros and cons to each option and individual choice will depend on a number of factors.
Over the next few weeks I will be discussing a variety of water filters. My goal is to provide you with the information that you need to help you find the filter that best meets your needs.