As of 2018, over 73% of our water supply contains fluoride, but that's just the beginning and gets MUCH WORSE:
The cide cocktails (pesticides, herbicides, etc) that we use in agriculture consequently infiltrate our waterways.
Straight into our tap water supplies. Atrazine and glyphosate are two major contributors to this:
Meet Atrazine, one of the most used herbicides. The very first line on EWG's website: "Atrazine is a hormone disrupter that even at low doses affects the human reproductive system"
Hmm, what else?
• Breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer
And remember the whole 'turned the frogs gay' meme? Yeah, that was from Atrazine and it turned out to be true.
280 million lbs of Roundup (glyphosate), a dangerous chemical banned in the EU, is sprayed annually across America. If you guessed it runs off into our tap water supply, you'd be right.
I wonder what that does to our health? $10 billion question
Microplastics are another major issue. 36 different samples were tested in America, hitting both coasts as well as the Midwest. 94% of the samples contained microscopic plastic fibers. What is plastic derived from? PETROLEUM and/or natural gas.
We all remember first hearing about the Flint, MI water crisis:
"Samples showed lead levels more than 100 times the action level." "foul-smelling, discolored, and off-tasting water piped into Flint homes for 18 months was causing skin rashes, hair loss, and itchy skin."
Third largest Legionnaires’ disease, (a severe form of pneumonia) outbreak occurred between 2014-2015 due to the tap water. Flint, MI is just one of countless examples where contaminated tap water is being consumed by the masses, causing illness short & long-term or even death.
Now let's compare the tap water analysis between Flint, MI (top) and Austin, TX (bottom). Pretty alarming stuff considering Flint's tap water is still terrible for your health and the government has barely done anything to improve the situation.
Now let's go back to Austin, if we look at the Nitrate levels and compare them to their guidelines, Austin's tap water has high enough levels to stunt child development. Many such cases.
Reverse osmosis - cream of the crop but also the most expensive and more time-consuming to install (worth it). It separates water molecules from other substances. I would have this in place if I owned a house. You can buy them online or stores like Home Depot.
Berkey - this is the water filter I use and 100% recommend. There are a lot of fake ones popping up, so the best way to avoid them is to buy directly from their site (especially the filters).
Aquatru - this is similar to a brita from looks standpoint but includes reverse osmosis system. This is a very good option as well.
The most popular water filter - Brita. It does not filter out all of the harmful chemicals such as arsenic, fluoride, and nitrate. And if you do not replace the filter consistently, they are just as bad as drinking tap water. Best to avoid this one.
Another great option is bottled spring water. Do your due diligence when buying bottled spring water, make sure they are legit and the source is as well.
Now after reading that, makes you question about showering with tap water too. Here are a few shower filters to consider.
• Zero water filter
There are a lot of good one's out there, just a Google search away.