Raw Water versus Off the Grid Water
What is Raw Water?
I have written a few different posts on water, on how to reduce water consumption and your right to clean drinking water. We, in the so-called industrial countries, spend little time thinking about water. We expect it to be there once we open the tap. We do not worry about where it comes from, how it is treated and why it is chemically treated. We simply open a water tap and expect drinkable water to come out.
In the last few years, we have heard about the failures of our political leaders (city, state and national) in keeping us informed about the quality of our water. Excessive levels of lead in the potable water of Flint Michigan come to mind. Aside from the few disastrous instances, the water treatment systems in the western world are doing a remarkable job cleaning up surface water and producing a product that meets most regulations on contaminants. For 2000 million people worldwide the situation is very different but that I have discussed in another post.
Raw water versus off the grid water
There now seems to be a trend to purchase and use “raw water”, meaning water that has not been put through a treatment system. We must delineate the difference between “raw water”, potable municipal water supply and “off the grid” water. More likely, you are consuming water treated by a municipal water system. If you live in rural areas, you may have a private water well or an “off grid water supply”. The concept of “Raw water” is to use water directly from nature, from a spring or fresh mountain tarn.
Municipal water supplies take water from various sources (rivers, lakes, and groundwater) with varying degrees of quality and clarify/purify the water with physical and chemical processes. Then (as required by water quality regulations) purify the water so that the last point on the distribution system is free of biological contaminants. This sometimes means that the first connection on the line has heaver that desired concentrations of the disinfectant. Over chlorination can contribute to the formation of trihalomethanes, which are suspected of being cancer causing chemicals.
Having your own groundwater well is a great way to control your exposure to these chemicals. You are the only one that is connected to the water supply and you trust that the groundwater you have is pure and absent any significant contaminants. This may not be the case, as you may have naturally high levels of iron or manganese in your water.
If you live near industrial sources, you may have some very serious chemicals in your water and should get it tested. No one wants to have hexavalent chrome or polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) in their water. And that is not all you have to worry about. You may have accidentally drilled into a region with high levels of arsenic. The people of Bangladesh have been through very difficult times.
Bangladesh: A Public Health Emergency
In the first half of the 20th century, the citizens of Bangladesh had to walk miles for fresh water or use heavily contaminated surface water for household uses. In the 1970’s, a well-intentioned plan by the industrialized western nations was put in place to drill hundreds of tube wells. This plan would reduce or eliminate the potential for the spread of cholera and dysentery.
Uncontrolled diarrhea was one of the country’s biggest killers of children, taking up to 250,000 children a year. It was reasoned that subsurface wells would eliminate the possibility of contamination from the surface streams and the filth that was in the water.
A Bad Choice
The wells provided clear refreshing looking water. It looked pure and clean but what the western nations had failed to do was sample the new source of water. It is estimated that 35 to 77 million people were at risk of drinking water contaminated with naturally occurring inorganic arsenic. The largest mass poisoning of a population in history. Well intentioned organizations proceeded with plans without investigating the quality of the water. One must always check the quality of your water.
The Nuevo Agua
The most recent trend is to “raw water”. Some people look at raw water based on scientific reasons and others see it more from an ethical or personal angle. The first company who coined and trademarked the term raw water was Tourmaline Spring. This company cares about their consumers and has earned praise for their quality water from analysts. There are suppliers that collect water directly from deep mountain springs and test it for purity. Then there are suppliers who put tap water in the bottles and sell it as being natural. You have to be able to distinguish the good from the bad.
Who should you trust?
Each individual is responsible for the food they put in their mouth and the same applies to water. If you get your water from the town hall, one should be able to assume it is safe even if that is often not the case. You rely on the authorities being honorable and responsible. Now if you chose to get your water somewhere else, this responsibility is entirely yours.
As I mentioned before, municipal water treatment systems do a good job of meeting most regulations on contaminants. Radiation limits are one exception. Public water utilities in 27 states have exceeded the EPA’s legal limits for radium and it is estimated some 38% of all Americans drink water with this radioactive element on a daily basis. Knowing this, I would say do not rely on the authorities, instead, do some investigation yourself.
Is it safe?
It seems that raw water has gotten some bad press lately so one should try and find where this comes from and why. The big companies of bottled water are behind this. It is the same old story all over again. Our health is not important but money and greed are. This is similar to the food industry, which earns millions of unhealthy, cheap, and processed food.
If raw water is sold or provided as a service, it should be checked to determine if it is safe for human consumption, but the government should not impose restrictions and say we cannot harvest our own water. Big water companies want to restrict our freedom of choice, no way!
Source: Carly Nuday, Ph.D. for NaturalHealth365
The report of EWG
EWG has published a report confirming what I had read about and already reported. It really seems even more serious than previously assumed. If 170 million people in the US drink contaminated water containing radioactive elements, it will be no wonder cancer will be our number 1 enemy. Taking into consideration that man-made food is already one of our enemies, now the condition of our water will even make it worse. Your chance of contracting cancer will be multifold.
Does the government care or not
The government does not seem to care that this poses a severe health risk to the American population. With this kind of water coming out of the faucet, pregnant women and small children will run an extreme health risk. I just wonder how come our leaders, knowingly want to poison our future generations. I will stop talking now and will give you the link to the article of EWG, a hair-raising read I promise you.
Photo Source: Pixabay
Just lately some news on a bad water situation has come to my intention, mind you, this is your drinking water out of the tap.
Perhaps you like to read my other post on water.