I’ve been thinking about this for some time, and I’ve decided that I’m only going to drink natural spring water from here on out.
For most of my life, I’ve been blessed with sources of pretty decent well water. The town I grew up in had wells. I’m not going to say they were the best wells in the world, because over time, I think they became somewhat tarnished. Too many houses were built too closely together. They all had septic systems. You get the idea. I left when I was 22 years old and the situation in that part of the world has only gotten worse. But for the most part, when I was growing up, the water was good.
After I moved out of my parent’s house, I bounced around from place to place – and each had their own system of drinking water. I went from well water to city water and back to well water. Today, I drink city water and I already told you that’s going to end.
You may ask yourself why I would want to do this. Why would I want to give up on the clarified and purified and filtered beauty of what the city has to offer? Especially when I pay so dearly for it. It’s not that I’m not grateful – it’s just that I don’t trust it. Anything that smells like chlorine that goes in your body isn’t good for you. Period. And no one is going to change my mind.
I remember telling you a while back about how I purchased all types of filters for the house we live in. I wrote “Our New Water Pitcher Has Arrived” and “ZeroWater 23-Cup Water Filter.” I installed an under-sink filter, a tap filter and the ZeroWater pitcher filter. Each of these filters claimed to “reduce the smell of chlorine in tap water.” I installed the filters and let things ride for a while, but that claim stuck in the back of my mind. What exactly does the “smell” of chlorine have to do with the chlorine (or any other chemical) content of the water? Does the filter just reduce the smell or does it actually reduce the content? Because if it reduced the content, I’m sure the company offering the filter would mention that in big, bold letters.
I don’t know. I drink a heck of a lot of water and I’m just not comfortable drinking so much of something that has to be filtered and processed to the point of having a statement on some city website about how clean it is. Why do so many people freak out about city water if it’s all so good? Why is there such an uptick of this ailment or that? Why does the water smell like chlorine and why does it have to be chlorinated in the first place? What is this stuff?
Check out these links:
– Cancer Water: 10 Cities Threatened by Chromium-6
– Is Your Water Causing Cancer?
– Report: Harmful chemical found in tap water of 31 U.S. cities
I’m thinking that this debate has been going on for a while and there are a few people out there who would call me crazy for giving up on city water, but when you think about it, is it really crazy? Did you see the links above? All you have to do to read up on this yourself is type in any search engine, “city water (disease name here).” It’s that simple. There’s lots out there to look at and I really don’t want to get all caught up in a debate about what limit is “acceptable” to some agency, because you know as well as I know, ingesting a food product with just a trace of chemical in it once isn’t terrible, but ingesting it for years may just give you a mystery ailment you weren’t expecting.
I’ve been looking at local water products and have decided on Zephyrhills Natural Spring Water. It’s the closes spring water around and I’ve tasted it before. From what I remember, it was pretty good. They also sell it in two and a half gallon containers, so we can just stick one per week in the refrigerator. It’ll cost a dollar or two, but I figure that while I’m enjoying the great state of Florida, I better think about how I’m going to feel afterwards. Stuff like this kind of gets to me.
Do you have city water? What are your experiences with it? Do you like it or have to switched to spring water? Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.