Food as Medicine

Clean Water: The World’s Next “Oil”?

You may have heard predictions about how the 21st-century may see clean, drinkable water become like crude oil in terms of value, scarcity, and worldwide demand. Whether or not that comes true, there is no question that in today’s world you cannot always rely on the purity of the water flowing from your tap.

Whether your home currently is supplied with municipally-treated water or you get drinkable water from a well or bore on your property, the water originates in one of two places. It is either ground water from an aquifer, a natural underground water supply, or it is surface water from a lake, river, or reservoir.

Unfortunately, you can’t depend on either source to be free of contaminants. Even if you know your water comes from an apparently protected source, like a pristine reservoir, nearby geological features or human activities in the area can lead to contamination. Some natural “contaminants” can actually be beneficial, like the calcium and magnesium found in natural mineral water. Other natural contaminants, like radon, microorganisms, and algae toxins, are not. Most other contaminants are chemicals from human activity that have found their way into the local aquifer or surface water. Many of these can be potentially harmful substances such as: lead, mercury, pesticides, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), the gasoline additive MTBE, and a variety of particulates.

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