Top 10 Most Disturbing Things in Our Water

What’s in your water? We at Filters Fast have compiled a list of the top ten most disturbing things found in tap and bottled water. Some of these may surprise you.

#10 – Chlorine

The chlorination of water is a disinfecting method used by water treatment plants to eliminate the presence of bacteria and other microorganisms in city supplies.  This seems beneficial, but consider the consequences: chlorine in water often reacts with other naturally-occurring elements to produce toxins that are carcinogenic. Prolonged exposure has been linked with several adverse health conditions like asthma and several types of cancer.

#9 – Lead

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Lead in water is a major concern for children and pregnant women, as it affects physical and mental development. Although measures taken over the last few decades have drastically reduced the amount of lead in water supplies, it is still often found in houses and buildings with old pipes. Water that sits for long periods of time in corroded pipes can become contaminated and, when drank, result in lead poisoning.

#8 – Cysts

Cryptosporidium and Giardia are two of the most common water-borne microbiological cysts. These protozoan parasites enter lakes and streams through sewage and animal waste. Drinking water from said lakes and streams is not such a good idea, unless you’re sure the cysts have been filtered out. You could end up with a mild to severe gastrointestinal illness.

#7 – BPA

BPA, otherwise known as bisphenol-A, is found in the plastic used in water bottles and other manufactured products. A large number of studies on BPA have found its effects on the body to be toxic. If BPA leaches into bottled water, it could result in many different types of cancer.

#6 – Fluoride

Ah, the Fluoride debate: to fluoridate or not to fluoridate.  Well, some maintain that fluoride in water is beneficial to dental health. Others claim it is linked to bone cancer and can actually cause dental fluorosis with extensive exposure. It’s all a matter of where your priorities lie. Sure you might die of cancer, but at least you can still flash those healthy, strong pearly whites during your funeral visitation, right?

#5 – Fecal Coliforms

Yes, you read that right. While bottled water companies market their product as healthier than tap, many bottles have been found to contain a small percentage of feces. What’s another word for feces?

You don’t want that in your water.

#4 – Pesticides and Herbicides

This might not sound like such a big deal, since pesticides and herbicides are regularly used to farm our world’s food supplies. But whether you eat them or drink them, these substances are toxic, and have been labeled “gender benders.” Studies have found that atrazine, a common herbicide, is able to turn male frogs into female frogs. Farm run-off puts these toxins in our water supplies, so unless you’re trying to induce a sex change, I’d be careful.

#3 – Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceuticals are scary, because they may be harder to filter than all of these other substances. Since pharmaceuticals do not biodegrade, throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet may cause them to end up in your water supply. Ninety percent of pills can pass through humans unchanged, so that human waste becomes a factor as well. Repeatedly ingesting water contaminated with pharmaceuticals can disrupt normal hormone function or lead to cancer.

#2 – Natural Gas

Several homes across the country, all of which are near a local natural-gas drilling site, have witnessed the miracle of flaming tap water. The good news is that it’s easy to test for – hold a lighter up to your faucet. The down side is that you might get burned while doing so.

#1 – Crickets

In the words of Dr. Peter Gleick, “yes, crickets.” Gleick recently published a book called, Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession With Bottled Water. In it, he discusses the contaminants found in bottled water that most people don’t look for. His examples include a 1994 recall on a Texas-manufactured, bottled, sparkling water that was found to be contaminated with crickets.

I don’t think it gets more disturbing than this, but I could be wrong.  Are these the ten worst things found in tap and bottled water supplies?  Perhaps you have some contaminated water stories you’d like to share.

How to Survive the Apocalypse with Filters Fast

With volcanic eruptions and earthquakes seeming to occur every week (a 6.2-magnitude earthquake just hit the Samoa Islands within the hour), it’s no wonder that the web is abuzz with searches like “How to Survive the Apocalypse.” Opinions vary on exactly when and why this apocalypse will occur. Still, there are survivalists and other prepared people out there who want to know how to survive the end of the world as we know it.

To do so, you will need access to two essentials: clean air and clean water. Since almost every product we sell involves air or water filtration, we thought we’d compile a list of a few air or water filters that just might help you survive the apocalypse.

Six best Filters Fast products to survive the apocalypse:

  1. Katadyn Expedition Water Filter System  – This system carries a high price, but in the end times it will be worth every penny. The Katadyn Expedition will filter out bacteria, cysts, algae, protozoa, sediment, dirt, spores, and some virus-carrying particles. With a 26,000 gallon capacity, you can go quite a while between filter changes. There is a reason Katadyn filters are used by militaries, relief organizations, survivalists and adventurers the world over.
  2. 3M N95 Respirator Mask – 10 Pack – Though little is known of the benefits of wearing masks or respirators to control the spread of pandemic flu and sickness (such as H1n1 virus, aka Swine flu), the Center for Disease Control notes that 3M respirators are designed to protect against very small particles, which could contain viruses. Should the apocalypse be accompanied by plague and pestilence, you’ll want to have a few of these respirator masks around.
  3. Katadyn Micropur MP1 Emergency Water Tabs - If you find yourself away from your “home base” during the end times, you will want to keep these Katadyn water purification tabs on hand. A single emergency water tablet will remove bacteria, cysts and some viruses from a quart of water.
  4. Katadyn Pocket Microfilter – As the name might imply, the Katadyn Pocket Microfilter is a more lightweight, portable survival water filter than the aformentioned Katadyn Expedition. It has a lower capacity than the Expedition and doesn’t remove quite as many contaminants as its big brother, but it will remove most waterborne bacteria, protozoa and cysts from a water source. Do not leave your home without the Katadyn Pocket Microfilter.
  5. Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifier – This one’s a bit of a luxury, but if the apocalypse was a result of or results in airborne disease, it could prove very beneficial. Most are astounded to know that a home’s indoor air quality is usually far worse than the outdoor air quality, since the air often gets trapped inside with little ventilation. So while this Whirlpool air purifier is most adept at removing dust, dander, pollen, mold spores, smoke, fabric fibers, allergens, and other contaminants from your air, it can also remove particles as small as 0.3 microns. Particles that might be carrying viruses. This HEPA air purifier is only 22 lbs., so you can take it with you should you need to relocate. It’s also one of the quitest air purifiers on the market, should you be concerned with lawless, post-apocalyptic people finding your location.
  6. Klean Kanteen 40 oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle - All of that clean, filtered water will be for naught if you can’t take it with you. A Klean Kanteen water bottle allows  you to do just that. And because the bottle is constructed of stainless steel with no liner, you don’t have to worry about BPA (Bisphenol A) leaching into your water, as you would with many plastic bottles.

 

Don’t wait until it’s too late, folks. If you call us the day after the apocalypse, we probably won’t be working. Play it safe and stock up on these filters now, so you’ll know how to survive the apocalypse when and if that day comes. And if that day doesn’t come in your lifetime, be thankful and take comfort in knowing that your home is stocked with some great survival water filters for camping or emergency use.