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Scary Tap Water Facts for Hallowe'en

5 Scary Tap Water Facts for Hallowe’en

As Hallowe’en approaches we’re thinking of ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night. But the following 5 Tap Water Facts are not scare stories, they’re all too real. The good news is that pure water from a PureH2O water purifier installed under your kitchen sink turns tap water into 99.99% pure water. They protect you and your family’s health and preserve peace of mind, year round.

1. Medications and Drugs in Drinking Water

Potentially toxic residues of Prozac, the commonly prescribed antidepressant fluoxetine, are building up in rivers and groundwater. Hormones from people taking the pill or HRT, along with animal hormones washed downstream with manure that can pass through sewage treatment plants untouched, are also making their way into the water system. What’s more, cocaine residues even make their way into our water supplies.

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2. Chlorine

We’re all familiar with the unpleasant odour and taste of chlorine in tap water. Chlorine is used to kill off dangerous pathogens, but officials are concerned that the by-products of chlorination are a threat to health due to their toxic nature. Even though research suggests a link between chlorine and serious disease, chlorination is currently the most economically acceptable chemical for bacterial control and so is unlikely to be replaced any time soon.

3. There’s Fibre in your Drinking Water – but it’s Asbestos!

Fibre is crucial to digestive health, but this is one fibre you don’t want to ingest! Most water contains asbestos, whether it’s distributed by asbestos cement pipes or not. Whilst the important research needed to determine the implications of asbestos in drinking water is not yet complete, research in the USA shows that drinking tap water with certain levels of asbestos can lead to an increased risk of intestinal polyps, and indeed those levels have been found. Who would want to ingest asbestos?

4. Fluoride & Aluminium: the Chemical Cocktail that Hurts

Fluoride is added to tap water in some areas of the UK to protect against tooth decay. So it’s unfortunate that ongoing research shows that fluorine may build-up in the body and harm the immune system, affect the thyroid and contribute to brittle bones later in life. What makes it worse is that aluminium is also added to clarify tap water. Aluminium is a neurotoxin and scientists are concerned about its toxic interaction with fluoride.

5. Carcinogens from the Petrochemical Industry

MTBE (methyl tertiary-butyl ether) is commonly added to petrol to control CO2 emissions and improve combustion – sounds good, right? Unfortunately, the US Environmental Protection Agency has labelled it a potential carcinogen. Studies show that in recent years UK aquifers that serve households with drinking water have been contaminated by MTBE.

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What can be done to protect ourselves from contaminants and impurities in tap water?

With all this in mind, you’ll be relieved to know that we guarantee our tap water purifiers remove 98-99.99% of these impurities. Call us now to order and find out how we can help protect you and your family’s health, wellbeing and peace of mind: 01483 617000 or email

Further Reading:

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