Reverse Osmosis Water Filter – Help Remove Tap Water Contaminants

Dec 25, 2016, 11:09 GMT

A new white paper by reverse osmosis water purifying specialist Bluewater looks at the emerging contaminants stemming from domestic, commercial and industrial sources increasingly being found in tap water. These new contaminants include pharmaceuticals, personal care products (PCPs) and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

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Typical PCPs can be shampoos, bug sprays and sun screens, while pharmaceuticals encompass antibiotics, heart or cancer medications and livestock food additives.

EDCs are chemicals that interfere with the action of natural hormones responsible for human (or animal) reproduction, development and behavior. EDCs range across stuff like pesticides, herbicides and synthetic hormones.

The threat comes from the fact that although most of the emerging compounds are found in water at very low levels, exposure to the likes of trace prescription drugs, shampoo residues, or fertiliser chemicals may nonetheless pose associated health risks over time.

Birth defects

High levels of nitrates, atrazine and arsenic in drinking water were linked in a 2016 U.S. study to birth defects such as cleft palate, cleft lip and limb deficiencies.

Titled New Water Threats, New Health Concerns, the Bluewater white paper explores what we can do as individuals to protect ourselves from contaminants such as herbicides, pharmaceuticals, and high production volume chemicals infiltrating municipal tap water or well water.

The problem

The problem, according to the UK’s prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry, is that pharmaceuticals are usually non-volatile, water-soluble, and often charged molecules. Many of these pharmaceuticals pass through water utility systems that were designed to remove only traditional pollutants.

What are the solutions? The paper says probably the safest option for people is to reduce the presence of emerging contaminants of concern in the water they use for consumption at home or in commercial environments. It says they can achieve this by installing highly efficient reverse osmosis water purifiers at the point-of-use source.

Here at welovepurewater.com, we believe the major problem is that there are so many new compounds and in different combinations that research into their consequences on human health has not caught up. We just do not know the extent of the hazards.  Bluewater’s second generation reverse osmosis technology seems to offer the best hope for the moment as it can remove up to 99 percent of large pharmaceutical molecules, according to Bluewater.

To download the white paper visit www.bluewatergroup.com.

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Reverse Osmosis Water Filter - Help Remove Tap Water Contaminants
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A new white paper by reverse osmosis water purifying specialist Bluewater looks at the emerging contaminants stemming from domestic, commercial and industrial sources increasingly being found in tap water. These new contaminants include pharmaceuticals, personal care products (PCPs) and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).
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