10 age old myths about drinking water BUSTED!
Mar 01, 2017
Do you still believe that boiling water makes it safe to drink? If yes, then get ready to face the facts. You’ll be surprised to discover many facts about drinking water that you didn’t know.
Water provides strength to your body and keeps it nourished. But if you don’t have access to clean and purified water, you can be the victim of various water-borne diseases. Since water quality has worsened in the recent years, the risk of water contamination is high everywhere. Traditional methods of filtration have become obsolete. That’s why water purification companies have come up with superior technologies and innovative products to combat the problem of water contamination.
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There are certain myths associated with purification of your drinking water that need to be eliminated. Read on to find out what’s a myth and what’s reality.
1) Running tap water is safe to drink
If you’re one of those people who thinks that there’s no difference in the quality of water from your tap, it’s time to give it a serious thought. Your tap water comes from an open source through pipes that are rarely cleaned. There are thousands of contaminants in it, and if left untreated, they may cause various diseases, especially digestive disorders. Even if you’re used to tap water and you have developed some resistance to e-coli, your body is not necessarily immune to hepatitis, dysentery, cholera, typhoid and other diseases.
2) Boiling water makes it safe to drink
This is one of the most common myths about drinking water. While boiling eliminates water-borne bacteria and viruses, it doesn’t have any effect on the chlorine content of water. Boiling also doesn’t remove organic or inorganic impurities and turbidity either. Most people aren’t aware that water has to be boiled for at least 20 minutes to get rid of impurities; also, if boiled water is kept in an open container to cool down, it is prone to re-contamination by bacteria.
3) Bottled water is safer and cheaper than water purifiers
Bottled water may seem like a viable short-term option for you but in the long run, it is expensive. You can calculate the cost of purchasing bottled water for your family in a year and compare it with the one-time investment in a water purification system. The numbers will surely make you change your mind. If you are not interested in buying, some brands like Livpure even offer you the flexibility to rent an RO purifier that will cost you less than Rs. 24 per day!
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4) Water softener is enough to make water safe
Water softeners make your hard water soft. They will do nothing more than that. Therefore, the chlorine content and other contaminants in your tap water remain the same. If hard water is the only issue for you, a water softener is a good choice. But when it comes to water purification, it is always advisable to opt for a standardised purification system.
5) Water purifiers are high-maintenance
While water purifiers do need some amount of maintenance from time to time, it is usually needed at longer intervals. Most water filter cartridges are designed to last for 6-12 months, after which they must be replaced. But this doesn’t even come close to be considered high maintenance. You can now know when the filter needs to be replaced with smart notifications on your phone!
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6) Water purifiers do not retain the essential minerals
Most people believe that water purified through the latest technology lacks essential minerals. False! Using the right purification technology retains all the natural minerals in your water. s With Livpure's Smart Touch RO+UV+UF purifier, your water passes through 8 stages of purification that remove dissolved impurities and microorganisms while retaining all essential minerals.
7) Softening, purifying and filtering are all the same methods
If you think all these methods are the same, think again! Standard water softeners have nothing to do with purification of water. Water purifiers are designed in a specific way to clear away all kinds of contaminants and microorganisms while retaining essential minerals. Water filters improve the quality of your water by removing excess iron and chemicals. So, before you purchase any of these, be clear about your needs.
8) Purifiers are very expensive
Probably the most common myth about water purifiers that discourages people from getting access to clean water is the price. While there are water purifiers that are expensive, most of them are reasonably priced. Don’t jeopardise your family’s health just to save a few bucks. You can even rent an RO purification system at less than 24 rupees a day!
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9) RO filtration leads to acidic water
Reverse osmosis doesn’t lower your water’s pH value nor does it make it devoid of essential minerals. Most people believe that acidic water prevents your body from reaching the right pH level if consumed for an extended period. But in reality, acidic water poses no real threat to your body’s pH balance.
10) RO purified water isn’t healthy to drink
Many critics claim that RO purified water is not fit for drinking. They say that it is only fit for industrial use. But with the latest technology at disposal, water purifiers can now remove all suspended and dissolved impurities from your water. Many types of research also support that reverse osmosis is the best way to treat water.
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