Water which we consume in everyday is mostly drawn from good quality surface, ground, or rain water. However, all water sources still needed to be treating before it is safe enough to drink. Contaminants in water can come from many sources, the civilization nowadays cause many pollution problems from sewage and also the traces of agriculture chemicals in some area. Even though water is already treated at some point from the local authority, but it surely wasn’t enough to consume directly from tap or faucet. Bacterial and germ, known as pathogens, may have entered water sources from animal or human wastes, and they can cause infectious diseases to our body.
Drinking clean water is something that most people tend to neglect. The most common misunderstanding is that clear water is clean. It’s true that clean water is clear but not the other way around. When we see a glass of water that is crystal clear, we will instantly assume that it’s clean. But the truth is there are so many things in that glass of water which we cannot see with our own eyes. In fact, anything smaller than 0.1 mm (100 microns) are not visible to human eyes, and most of particles, sediments, or bacterial in water are much smaller than that.
Undoubtedly, water is essential to all organisms and it’s something that we must not overlook. About 3.5 million people die each year from water-related diseases¹, while 884 million people lack access to clean water ². Choosing the right water for your family is certainly important because unsafe water can harm you and your family in a long run.
1. World Health Organization. 2008. Safer Water, Better Health: Costs, benefits, and sustainability of interventions to protect and promote health.
2. UNICEF/WHO. 2008. Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: Special Focus on Sanitation.