I have found out what’s in my tap water–Brown nasty chemical-smelling crap. And it’s not just in my water but yours too. I used a water distiller on 2 gallons of my tap water and the leftover is shown in this photo. Go ahead and click on it for the full image. I dare you. It’s darker than a lager beer and smells of deadly toxins. Would you drink this? No, I don’t think so. But you probably are if you are not using a distiller or high quality filter.
Megahome Countertop Water Distiller
I purchased the Megahome Water Distiller so that I can remove fluoride from tap water. This is something a regular water filter cannot do. I could go on and on about why fluoride is not safe for you. But instead, I’ll point you to the warning label on the back of your toothpaste:
“WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.”
If it says that on toothpaste then why is it a good idea to put fluoride in our drinking water? I don’t understand it and I don’t want to get in a debate with any dental hygienists or conspiracy theorists. I’m just going to remove it from my water.
In summary, if you drink tap water then you might as well be drinking out of the toilet. Once you see and smell what is in your water, you will stop drinking it, and switch to bottled water or distill it like me. I’m still using my ZeroWater filter too. But now I pour the distilled water into that. It really makes for some great tasting water.
If you decide to buy any of these items please go through my online store so I get some Amazon credit. That way I can get more filters. Or maybe just cash. That’s nice too.
I never thought about how good water filters were until I ordered a ZeroWater filter and it included a water testing tool. They claim their filter results in water with 0 PPM (parts per million). The higher the number means more particles and contaminants that not only make water taste bad but can also be bad for your health. It’s time for an experiment.
I tested my tap water, a bottle of spring water, and the ZeroWater filter:
Tap Water – 159 PPM
Bottle Water – 24 PPM
ZeroWater – 0 PPM
My tap water clocked in at 159 PPM. Is that a good number? Apparently the World Health Organization says that water with a TDS (total dissolved solids) of 1,000 PPM is “acceptable” and under 600 PPM is “good.” Yeah, maybe if you’re living in a tent in Africa it’s good but for us fussy Americans we want crystal clear drinking water without any off-flavors. The higher the PPM number means the worse it will taste. The bottle of Acadia Natural Spring Water was much better at 24 PPM. And my new ZeroWater filter, as promised, clocked in at 0 PPM. Guess it’s not marketing fluff after all.
I have two other water filters in my house–My refrigerator’s water filter (uses a PUR filter) and a Dr. Mercola filter that was pretty expensive. In full disclosure, the refrigerator filter was replaced 2 months ago and the Dr. Mercola filter has about 5 months of use on it. The refrigerator filter definitely gets more use than the Dr. Mercola filter. The results really shocked me:
Fridge Water – 171 PPM
My refrigerator PUR water filter is worse than my tap water at 171 PPM! How can that be?
Shouldn’t it be removing something?
Dr. Mercola Water Filter
Dr. Mircola’s Pure & Clear – 178 PPM
The worse rating goes to the expensive Dr. Mercola Pure & Clear drinking water filter which clocked in 178 PPM. It’s probably only fair to test the filters when they are brand new but I would still think that even if they are a few months old it shouldn’t be adding anything to the water.
I really like companies that back up their product claims, and the fact that the ZeroWater filter included a TDS water testing tool speaks volumes. The instructions say to replace the ZeroWater filter once it gets to 6 PPM. Maybe they should tell that to the entire water bottle industry.