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Which Water Is Best For Health? Hint: Don’t Discount The Tap

NPR: “You can buy water with electrolytes, minerals or completely “purified.” You can buy it with the pH changed to make it alkaline. You can purify your own tap water or even add nutrients back into it. But after seeing a video of a pricey, high-tech filter (about $400 U.S. on sale) that you can monitor with your phone, we wondered, how much of our water filtration fixation is healthy, and how much of it is hype? As it turns out, scientists say that most tap water in the U.S. is just as good as the water in bottles or streaming out of a filter. “Assuming that the [tap] water satisfies all health and safety codes for the community, yeah, it’s perfectly fine,” says Dan Heil, a professor of health and human performance at Montana State University. U.S. tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, which sets safety thresholds for the amount of microorganisms, chemicals and other contaminants in the water. “In general, the drinking water quality in the U.S. is very good,” says Stuart Batterman, a professor of environmental health sciences at University of Michigan. Of course, there are exceptions, the most glaring being the lead pollution of Flint, Michigan’s water brought on by crumbling infrastructure and government mismanagement. The toxic effects of lead can be especially troublesome in children, and even low levels of lead exposure have been linked to nervous system damage, learning disabilities, short stature and impaired hearing…”


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