This post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood and Pelican Water. Opinions are all mine.
You know how important clean drinking water is for you and your family’s health. And you know how bottled water creates unnecessary waste but more importantly, it’s an unregulated industry where many of the bottle water is nothing but filtered tap water. So why buy bottled water when you can drink filtered tap water? Right?
But how do you know when a filtration system is doing its job? The best filtration system should filter out sediments, contaminants and any bacteria or organisms. But a common household filtration system may not kill organisms while it may filter out sediments and particulates.
When I receive my town’s water report from the water department, I read it thoroughly. I have an under-the-sink water filter system and a drinking water filter cooler system. But I know it may not kill all the organisms and I have to depend on the water report to see if there were any violations or problems with E. Coli, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, etc. in my town’s water. You might think this type of bacteria and parasites exist only in third world countries but they exist in the U.S. too. One of my friends just found out she has Giardiasis and she doesn’t know how she contracted it. The most common method of infection is drinking water and improperly washed fruits or salads! The symptoms are not fun and she’s on a long term treatment protocol that involves weeks of medicine and paying extra attention to her drinking water. Yes, this happens in the U.S. too. Not fun.
So when I heard about UV light killing bacteria, parasites and contaminants in water system, I was curious to learn more about it. If I don’t have to worry about getting infected by any bacteria or parasites from drinking my tap water, it’s on the top of my priority list for maintaining health.
This is how you can be infected by Giardia – just one of many organisms that may live in your water system. Giardia life cycle en” by LadyofHats – Made myself based in:, , , , , , .. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giardia_life_cycle_en.svg#mediaviewer/File:Giardia_life_cycle_en.svg
Image of Giardia Lamblia. Giardia lamblia SEM 8698 lores” by CDC / Janice Haney Carr – http://phil.cdc.gov/PHIL_Images/8698/8698_lores.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giardia_lamblia_SEM_8698_lores.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Giardia_lamblia_SEM_8698_lores.jpg