Safe Drinking Water

Safe drinking water is one of the most fundamental and important needs of people to survive, thrive, and live a healthy life. Nearly a billion people do not have access to clean drinking water and this sets them up for failure. Water sources can easily become contaminated with bacteria, disease, harmful microscopic organisms, parasites, unsafe levels of metals or minerals, and much more.

Safe municipal drinking water in the United States is more prevalent than in other countries, especially developing ones. The EPA regulates drinking water in the U.S and the Safe Drinking Water Act is a law to help enforce these parameters. Many people in cities and urban locations have safe drinking water delivered right to their home’s water systems. More rural residents may have wells and may or may not have to take extra parameters to ensure they have safe drinking water. These parameters could include boiling the water or using their own water filtration systems. Bottled drinking water is considered safe and is convenient for many people.

There are many toxins that are tested for to ensure healthy drinking water. These contaminates include but is not limited to fluoride, lead, arsenic, and nitrates. The presence of these toxins in drinking water can result in anything from kidney or liver damage, learning disabilities and nervous system problems, to death. In addition to toxins checked for by the EPA, there are thousands of different prescription medications, types of rocket fuel, and other contaminates that aren’t even tested for. An additional filtration system, purification practices, and bottled water may be good ways to further insure safe drinking water is being consumed.

Pipes in home have standards of being lead free set forth by the EPA. Boiled water and melted ice cubes are great ways to help sterilize water that may be compromised. In emergency or survival situations, water from lakes, springs, rivers, and rain water can be purified and safely consumed in most incidents.

Drinking water that is safe is the second most important aspect of life after only air. There is a potential for a scarcity and low amount of drinking water in the world. Proper knowledge of purifying water and minimizing wasteful use should ensure optimum health and resources.