Is Public Drinking Water Safe?

by | Aug 18, 2016

Is Public Drinking Water Safe?

We at EIS drink water from public taps throughout the United States and the developed world.

In contrast, we, like most Americans, don’t drink tap water while visiting developing nations. In developing nations, we buy bottled water out of the rational fear of catching intestinal viruses and bacteria from the lack of sanitation.

We find it amusing that USA Today reported that bottled water sales in the United States will soon overtake sales of all other beverages.

Carbonated sugary drinks have fallen out of fashion for health reasons and the public assumes, irrationally, that bottled water is better than tap water.

It Wasn’t Always That Way

In the past, public city water was preferred over bottled water.

The National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that “clean water was responsible for nearly half of the total mortality reduction in major American cities, three-quarters of the infant mortality reduction, and nearly two-thirds of the child mortality reduction” between 1900 and 1940 as filtered and chlorinated water systems were introduced in major cities.

Municipal chlorinated water was considered another modern evolution that would put the bottled water companies out of business according to USGS Hydrogeologist, Francis Chapelle in his 1997 book, “The Hidden Sea”.

By 1930, bottled water had become “low class” as upscale homes had clean chlorinated municipal water and bottled water was used by people who couldn’t afford indoor plumbing.

The Safe Water System

For decades, public and private research science has shown that consumers shouldn’t be afraid of drinking water from public taps.

Even the National Resource Defense Council would agree that tap water is probably safer than bottled water.

Conflicting research since the late 1970’s suggests a slight increase in certain cancers associated with chlorination by-products found in municipal water; however, the results are inconclusive.

Indeed, the Center for Disease Control calls chlorination The Safe Water System.

Is public drinking water safe? We believe it is.

But people have the right to pay soft drink and beer prices for water that costs almost nothing to produce. It is a free country.

It’s a free country.

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