Does healthy drinking water exist?
“What’s that?”, we hear you ask quizzically. “Is drinking water that improves your health a thing?” “And what exactly makes water healthy?” Simply read on, we’ll be answering these questions very soon.
Firstly, unlike mermaids or the Loch Ness Monster, healthy drinking water actually exists!
Secondly, healthy water comes down to two things: First clean water and then, second, mineralized water.
What is clean water?
First things first: clean water is water that is free of harmful contaminants. Water that is clean is also safe for human consumption without risk of health problems.
Clean water regulations
As the international authority on public health and water quality, the World Health Organization (WHO) promotes drinking water quality standards that specify the acceptable microbial, chemical, and radiological characteristics of safe drinking water.
Although there are recommended international standards, different countries have different levels of strictness, and even within countries, regulatory effectiveness concerning testing and treatment of drinking water can vary greatly. In the US, this is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) responsibilities.
Before tap water is delivered to households, the public water systems treat it to remove chemicals, particles, and bacteria. That doesn’t mean that your water is free of all contaminants, but ideally that the levels of any contaminants don’t pose any serious health risk.
Loopholes in the system
The municipal water is only guaranteed until the point of entry. When it is in the distribution system, there are opportunities for drinking water to be contaminated despite regulations and water quality standards.
For instance, if the pipes in your house are contaminated or made of lead, the water that was previously clean will be contaminated again.
In the US, even though local and federal governments make large investments each year to keep tap water clean and safe, the water systems still do not receive the amount of funding needed to keep them working properly. As a results of underfunding, much of the aging infrastructure either does not work properly or is in need of upgrades.
According to the EPA, 40 percent of the nation’s drinking water systems failed to meet even the most basic health standards.
Measurements of clean water
A good indication of water purity and cleanliness comes down to its TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) value. The purer the water, the lower its TDS.
The average tap water in America contains approximately 350 parts per million of TDS, while pure, distilled water hovers at around 1 ppm. This translates to over 100 X less solids (such as contaminants, but also minerals) that are present in the water.
There are other ways of measuring water quality, based on different parameters such as turbidity and pH levels. For more information, read our previous article on Ways of measuring hidden properties in water.
Now that we have clarified what clean water is, let’s dive into the other prerequisite of healthy water – mineralized water.
What is mineralized water?
Mineralized water is water that contains natural easily absorbed minerals that our bodies need for basic functions and overall health and performance.
Traditionally, they come from minerals springs and were used or consumed at their sources. Today, it is far more common for mineral water to be bottled at the source for distributed consumption.
Mineral water regulations
The US Food and Drug Administration classifies mineral water as water containing at least 250 ppm TDS, originating from a geologically and physically protected underground water source. No minerals may be added to this water.
While in the European Union, bottled water may be called mineral water when it is bottled at the source and has undergone no or minimal treatment, as no disinfection treatment is permitted.
Loopholes in the system
So typically, mineral water contains great health benefits in terms of its rich compositions but due to regulations limiting treatment to the water, we cannot be fully certain that it is clean or safe.
There isn’t the same guarantee of safety with bottled water as there is for the water in your tap.
The FDA regulates bottled and mineral water as a food; it does not have the ability to oversee a mandatory testing program like the EPA with public water suppliers, thus there is no guarantee that the mineral water you bought is safe.
In addition, similar to the regulation of tap water, the FDA establishes allowable levels for chemical, physical, microbial and radiological contaminants in bottled water. These standards tend to lean towards higher limits of allowable contaminants, and the agencies may be slow to enforce or update health standards on both both tap and mineral water.
Purity and mineralization: Non-exclusive factors for healthy water
So it seems that we’ve reached a dilemma: Clean water cannot contain solids which might be contaminants, and neither can mineral water be assured to be completely clean..does this really hold true?
At Mitte, we are bridging this gap between clean and mineralized water to give you balanced, healthy drinking water with our smart water system.
It first purifies tap water with our proprietary distillation process that removes up to 99,999% of contaminants (to give a TDS of 2 ppm), and then introduces essential minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, iron and zinc) into the pure water to make it healthy for drinking.
The quality of our water is directly linked to the quality of our lives. And the best way to ensure that you attain healthy drinking water is to control it at the point of dispense. With our connected kitchen-top appliance, we hope to improve your life with better, healthy water.
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