Water & You

Introduction

After air, water is the most important substance required to sustain human life. Without water for three days the human body will deteriorate rapidly. Without good (relatively pure) water the human body will still deteriorate slowly over time particulary if chemicals, inorganic minerals or bacteria are present. As we grow and mature, it stands to reason that our bodies require quality water if we are to maintain our health, vitality and lifestyle.

[learn_more caption="Water Properties"]Water is generally a colourless, transparent liquid and in its most pure form it is almost devoid of taste or smell. It may look clean and clear, but a closer examination or water test may reveal that this is probably not the case. All the water you drink, unless it has been purified, will contain contaminants. Water, being the ultimate solvent, will dissolve and/or corrode most things it comes in contact with. Moreover, particles such as dirt and rust, and organisms such as bacteria, protozoa cysts like giardia, cryptosporidium and algae, can often be found in water. In the human body, water acts as a cleansing agent and foods are ingested as nutrients. In our bodies water is our most critical cleansing agent, removing toxins and the byproducts of metabolism from our body. Water also helps in the distribution of hydrogen and oxygen to cells and tissue. The cleansing attributes of pure water are impaired when it contains dissolved earth (inorganic minerals). The purifying organs of the body must eliminate these unwanted materials and can be stressed and unnecessarily overworked by concentrations of inorganic minerals. Your employees and/or family deserve the best quality water possible. You deserve the peace of mind of knowing that you have a controlled, consistent quality of water. If you use town water supplies you also have the benefit of the local water authority”s testing and treatment. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="Water Supplies"]In town water supplies, chemicals such as alum, chlorine, ammonia and fluoride are added to your water, but some of these chemical additives may not be suited to your drinking water needs. Rural water supplies from rivers, wells, bores, dams and rainwater tanks are also exposed to contamination. Human waste, birds and animals can cause bacterial contamination, like e-coli. Contamination can also result from airborne pollutants like exhaust fumes, dusts, herbicides and pesticides. Rainfall does clear the air of such pollutants however, these pollutants are absorbed by rain which then ends up in streams, tanks and local water supplies. As water travels from its original source, or from the treatment plants to your home, it may pick up additional contaminants along the way. For example, the water mains in your home may be corroding and there may be lead solder joints in the copper pipes in your home releasing heavy metals.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="Maintaining Water Quality"]There are four basic but important guidelines which, when followed, will always ensure that you, your employees or family enjoy premium quality drinking water. Verify the quality of your water supply by testing Research the likely contaminants and their effect on you Find out which options best suit your needs and budget; and finally Regularly maintain the water filter cartridges [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="Testing Your Water"]Your local water authority can provide a typical analysis of the municipal water supply. Some councils offer testing services for rural water supplies, whether it be rainwater, borewater, dam or river water. Ring your local council to see what services and levels of testing are provided in your area. PurePro can assist you with further advice on commercial testing services, test water quality parameters and also help you to interpret water test reports provided by councils or commercial laboratories. If you are using rural water supplies then testing should be regularly undertaken to be effective. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="Carry Out Research On Likely Contaminents"]There is literature available to help you understand the types of impurities in water and the best way to treat or remove contaminants. The books, Sydney on Tap or The Water You Drink by John Archer are available from ABC Shops or from Purepro. The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, available from Commonwealth Government Bookshops, provide guidance to water authorities and the public on the acceptable levels of contaminants in drinking water. The Choice Magazine web site also contains good reference material.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="Discover Your Options"]Once you have determined what is in your water you can take the necessary steps to improve it. There are many recognised technologies available to meet your needs and budget.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="Maintain Water Filters"]Most water filters suspend contaminants within the filter cartridge and may either become blocked or cease to remove contaminants. Some filters and treatment systems wear over time and lose their effectiveness. Manufacturers provide a guide as to the serviceable life of their products but there are many variables that may affect these recommendations. These include the quality of the water being treated, the amount of usage, water temperature and pressure. Most consumers replace their filters regularly based upon elapsed time, usually every six to twelve months. PurePro provides full installation and maintenance services. We also maintain a complete database record for each installation and contact customers when filters are due for maintenance. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="Conclusion"]Our bodies are made of more than 70% water and it is a fundamental and essential part of sustaining life. You should be aware that, apart from yourself, no-one takes final responsibility for water purity at the point of use. Governments set guidelines and Water Authorities do their best to comply with them. However, by following the tips above you can achieve known outcomes, have peace of mind and improve the health and lifestyle of yourself, your family and/or employees.[/learn_more]