Spring Cleaning: Dispelling Water Myths

Spring is in the air.

And with the change in weather comes the mystifying desire to clear cobwebs, dust corners and shine windows.

As you polish the home from top to bottom and dispel the gloom of winter, there’s something else to dispel this spring.

Water myths.

Here are three water myths to wave goodbye to:

Healthy water is the same as clean and safe water

The quality of drinking water depends on the system used to treat it. Ninety per cent of the Greater Ottawa Area’s water is treated by one of two municipal treatment plants which use chlorine as the primary disinfectant. The water that comes from these plants is strictly regulated and monitored by the City.

Homeowners on private sources, like wells, are not as lucky. When it comes to quality control, they are often on their own.

While generally of higher quality than well water, even City water has its flaws. Upon contact with organics in water, chlorine creates disinfection by-products (DBPs).

Since 1970, 600 DBPs have been identified but only 11 are regulated, some of which have been linked to cancer. Nevertheless, current water treatment standards allow certain levels of DBPs to remain in drinking water.

Because City water is treated with chlorine and the levels of DBPs remain within government regulations, it’s considered clean and safe.

And there lies the difference between clean and safe water and Healthy Water.

Healthy Water is revitalized with oxygen, retains essential minerals and has DBP levels considerably lower than what current standards allow. It’s water that will help improve your health in the long run, not just prevent short-term sickness.

All non-chlorine water treatments are equal

On-tap or on-counter water treatment systems are often beneficial for changing the aesthetics of your water, but they can strip it of the essential minerals while still leaving chlorine and DBPs behind.

It’s always important to do your research when it comes to choosing an on-tap water treatment – if you’re trying to get rid of chlorine or fix a certain unpleasant problem, getting a home consultation from a water professional can provide a more in-depth analysis of your water.

Colour, smell and taste may be the visible consequences of a deeper-rooted problem and not all water treatments are up to the task.

Bottled water is safer and better than tap

We all know that single-use plastic bottles are bad for the planet, but what about the water inside?

Since 2000, 29 out of 49 bottled water products have been recalled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency due to contamination – things like mould, bacteria and arsenic.

A recent study from the State University of New York has found that over 90% of water sold by popular bottled water brands is contaminated with tiny pieces of plastic.

Despite this, bottled water is 200 times more expensive than tap water.

Water is the most valuable nutrient you can provide for yourself and your family, so when making your water choices, mindful consumption is key.


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