Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Know Your Water,…. Not All Bottled Water Is Created Equal,…..



Distilled water — Distilled water is a type of purified water. It’s water that has gone through a rigorous filtration process to strip it not only of contaminants, but any natural minerals as well. This water is best for use in small appliances — like hot water urns, or steam irons, because if you use it, you won’t have that mineral buildup that you often get when you use tap water. Though it may seem counterintuitive, this water is not necessarily the best for human consumption, since all of the water’s natural, and often beneficial, minerals are absent.

Purified water — Purified water is water that comes from any source, but has been purified to remove any chemicals or contaminants. Types of purification include distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis, and carbon filtration. Like distilled water, it has its advantages and disadvantages, the advantages being that potentially harmful chemicals may be taken out and the disadvantage being that beneficial minerals may be taken out as well.

Spring water — This is what you often find in bottled water. It’s from an underground source and may or may not have been treated and purified. Though spring water sounds more appealing (like many others, I imagine my spring water coming from a rushing fresh spring at the base of a tall snow-capped mountain), it’s not necessarily the best water for drinking if you have other options. Studies done by the NRDC  (Natural Resources Defense Council) have found contaminants in bottled water such as coliform, arsenic and phthalates. Much of bottled water is labeled as spring water, when in fact it is coming from a municipal source and is nothing more than glorified tap water. This topic has been a popular one in recent years, sparking much controversy.

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Now,…A little story for you. A true story.

While working in Huntsville Al at Redstone, we were in a Boeing building. The NASA side of the arsenal is really cool and working there I got to see so many things.

On this particular day,…. like I said we were in a Boeing building. On break I went to use the restroom and upon entering, the was a large blue cone shaped object with a trough in the middle of the floor. A sign on it said to urinate in the trough. Okay,…. that got my curiosity up. It just so happened that two elderly gentlemen came in so I waited around to ask them what this was for. I wanted to know. The oldest one, who looked 85 told me they collected urine here and urine and shower water in the gym on the other side of the building. He continued telling me that they ran it through a still and, wait for it,…. purified it. Seeing the look on my face they invited me back to their work area. Sure enough,… there was a stainless steel vat with coiled copper attached to it. They were purifying exactly what they said they were. Urine and shower water. What did they do with this water? It was used on the space shuttle for the astronauts to drink.

The next time I purchased drinking water it was spring water. I could not get that out of my mind,………. 

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