By Melinda Dzinic, CR, MCKBR, UDCP
The Quality of Our Tap Water
Recently my son and I came down with an intestinal infection caused by a water-born parasite called Giardia. We had traveled through eastern Europe for three weeks, and on the last day of our trip, I came down with unusual symptoms that became debilitating within the first 24 hours. It wasn’t until I was back home that I was diagnosed as having contracted Giardia. In an article dated July 16, 2021, the Mayo Clinic defines Giardia as “an intestinal infection marked by stomach cramps, bloating, nausea, and bouts of watery diarrhea. Giardia infection is caused by a microscopic parasite that is found worldwide, especially in areas with poor sanitations and unsafe water supply. The Giardia infection (giardiasis) is one of the most common causes of waterborne diseases in United States and worldwide. The parasite is found in backcountry streams and lakes but also in public water supplies.” This experience left us weak and overprotective of everything that touched our skin or went into our bodies, and we became especially cautious about the water coming from the faucet in our home.
Several years ago, I started doing extensive research on the quality of the water in our homes and the filtration process our local water treatment facilities employ to filter the water coming from the tap. I was a surprised with the results of my research as well as the various chemicals and sediments that are left unfiltered and considered safe. You know what I’m talking about. You’ve tasted the water in your home, seen the residue on the pots when you boiled water, or noticed the etching and build up on the plumbing fixtures in your home. Each city has their own water treatment facilities that are regulated by the government to ensure the water in our home is safe for consumption, yet many microscopic organisms are left untreated in our water source. While I have done my own research on the water filtration systems in our city, you should do your own research in order to make sure that the water you are bathing in and cooking with is clean enough for you and your family.
I am proud to live in the city of Plano because they do work harder to make sure that our water is safe for consumption. I took the following information from the City of Plano water dashboard:
“Heavy bacteria and total coliform are not a health threat by themselves. Coliforms are naturally present in the environment. Samples with heavy bacteria and total coliform can indicate whether other potentially harmful bacteria are present. Any sample with total coliform present must be re-tested at the same site and both upstream and downstream of the site. There is not a legal requirement to retest locations where heavy bacteria is identified. However, we voluntarily retest these locations. Fecal coliforms and E. coli are health threats, because these pathogens only come from human and animal fecal waste. Samples positive for fecal coliforms or E. coli require corrective actions and public notification.”
As a result of our recent experience with Giardia, my family and I have decided to add a whole-home filtration system to our home. Based on my research on these systems, we chose the EWS, Environmental Water Systems Unit 1465 System, simply because we think this system has many steps in place to ensure the purest quality of water. This is the only water filtration system that has an automatic back wash cycle that re-activates the filtration particles to keep the purest form of filtration process for 10 or more years. They are the leaders in the whole home filtration systems. www.ewswater.com.
It has been stated that our most precious resource in the near future will be water and the quality of it. For that reason, my family and I have decided not to wait for the worst to occur before we act on something as critical as the quality of the water we drink, cook with, and bathe with. My goal with this article is not to scare you into buying a whole home filtration system but merely to make you aware of the quality and impact of the water coming from your tap.
You will need to do your own research in order to decide if a whole home filtration system would benefit you and your family. My hope for all mankind is to live long, healthy, happy, and prosperous lives and to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing they are in control of the quality of the water source in their home.
To your good health,
Melinda Dzinic, CR, MCKBR, UDCP