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Can drinking impure water lead to cancer? Find out the truth!

Apr 24, 2017

Water is an essential part of our lives. The human body itself is made up of over 70% water. If you drink too little water, there are chances of severe complications arising out of dehydration. But what if we told you that drinking water can lead to cancer? Do not get alarmed. This can happen only if the water you're drinking is contaminated.

We often take it for granted that the water we are drinking is pure and free from contaminants. But how sure can you actually be? Studies by leading research agencies in India have found that most of the drinking water sources available are contaminated and contain at least one substance or chemical that is beyond the permissible level fit for human consumption.

How can natural water bodies get contaminated?

The answer is simple. Due to rapid industrialization and urbanization, it is becoming increasingly difficult to clear and dispose of waste in a safe manner. Often, factories resort to dumping untreated waste directly into water bodies or into ground pits. This results in dangerous chemicals percolating into the soil and subsequently into the water.

What are the dangers of these chemicals?

Chemicals such as trihalomethanes, halogenic acetic acids, benzene, perchlorate, radionuclides, radium, arsenic, lead mercury, etc. are all known to cause cancer in some form or the other, if ingested in sizeable quantities by humans. Even if not consumed in large quantities, these can have many side effects such as stomach problems, fertility issues, kidney stones, diarrhea, thyroid issues, vomiting and irritation of the skin and eyes.

Also, while chlorine is a wonder chemical, which can purify water; it can have adverse effects on your health. Chlorine purification can often result in byproducts such as halomethanes, which are scientifically proven to cause cancer. As such, try to avoid drinking water that's been purified with chlorine, especially water that's been treated with industrial grade chlorine.

How do I protect myself?

Never drink water straight from the tap no matter how much people vouch for it or claim that it has been pre-purified. Even if their claims of pre-purification are true, there are high chances of contamination at the transport and storage stage. While boiling water before consumption may help kill most bacteria, it does not help in removing dangerous chemicals present in the water.

Also, water stored in disposable PET bottles for a long time should never be consumed, especially the ones which are exposed to high heat or direct sunlight. This is because cancer-causing chemicals can leach from these plastic bottles into the water, thereby posing a health hazard. Always store water in high-quality bottles or containers, preferably made out of silver, copper or glass.

Invest in an efficient and trustworthy water purifier that uses modern purification technologies such as reverse osmosis and ultraviolet filtration. These methods help in clearing off the cancer-causing chemicals as well as other impurities. Livpure water purifiers use state-of-the-art technology to make sure that the resultant water is as pure as it can get.

If you have a feeling that your local water supply is contaminated, do not hesitate to contact competent local authorities, who are bound to take up a site visit and check for purity. You will not only be doing yourself a favour but would be preventing several others in your locality from suffering as well.

To put it in simple words, be very careful about the water you consume. Make sure that you are drinking purified water that's free from any form of contaminants, be it bacteria or cancer-causing chemicals.

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