When it comes to green living and being a responsible steward of the environment, you can’t forget the importance not only of water conservation, but also of ensuring that the water you consume is actually safe for such use. Whether you live in a city or town where you get municipal water treated at a facility or you live in a rural area where you get water from a drilled or dug well, it’s important to take appropriate measures to purify your water.
Consider that while 70% of the globe is covered by water, only around one-third of that water is actually safe for consumption. The effects of population growth and industrialization have contributed to the water pollution problem. In fact, between 70% and 80% of health problems, according to some sources, stem from the consumption of impure water.
What follows is a look at the importance of water purification and a look at how you can ensure that the water you consume is safe.
Water Purification Benefits
Preserves Health: Purification of water can help you to avoid the adverse effects of consuming impure and contaminated sources of water, which can lead to life-altering or even life-threatening ailments. Water is obviously indispensable since it’s needed for drinking, cooking, and other things, so it’s critical that you take the measures required to ensure it’s safe.
Improves Taste: Yes, water purification efforts have health benefits, but the benefits don’t stop there. By making the water pure, water purification also improves the appearance and even the taste of water. Untreated water, or even water treated at some municipal facilities, sometimes has an unpleasant taste or odor, a problem that water purification can resolve effectively.
Preserves Environment: By purifying water, you can reduce the need to buy bottled drinking water. Manufacturing bottled water in America requires over 17 million barrels of oil per year, which is an amount of oil that can fuel 1.3 million vehicles annually. As well, Americans use around 50 billion plastic water bottles annually, while the recycling rate in the U.S. is a paltry 23%. And many of these bottles that are not recycled end up in landfills where they have a negative impact on the environment. What this means is that avoiding bottled water, something you can easily do by purifying your own water, can help you to protect the environment.
How to Purify Water
Reverse Osmosis: This water treatment method works by pushing water molecules through a special membrane that filters out contaminants and leaves water that is pure and better tasting. There are affordable residential versions of the technology available, so you won’t have to invest in a commercial system that can transform seawater into drinking water.
Water Filter: Water filters are another effective way to purify water. They can get rid of bacteria while the carbon element they contain can eliminate chemicals and make the water taste better. Filters will have to be cleaned and replaced periodically.
Boiling: Boiling is a suitable way to purify water, but it’s probably not the most ideal method. The reason for this is that it will take a while to boil it sufficiently, and this will require using fuel. As well, you’ll need to wait for the water to cool sufficiently in order to consume it, assuming you want a cold glass of water. And you may still require a filter to get rid of some particles in some instances.
Being green definitely involves being mindful about the water your use. In addition to conserving such an important natural resource, you should also ensure that the water you do consume is safe. By using some of the aforementioned methods, you’ll be able to consume water that’s pure and that tastes great.