One of the microbial contaminants found in bottled waters that has a serious risk to health is Escherichia coli or E-coli. It is a type of bacteria that indicates sewage, animal waste, or fecal waste contamination when found in water. This type of bacteria can survive in drinking water at 15–18°C for 4–12 weeks and has a serious health risk.
Consumption of water with e.coli contamination from runoff water from landfills or fecal waste may cause severe illnesses like gastrointestinal illness, kidney infection, kidney failure, and liver infection that might lead to blood infection.
Presence of Harmful Chemicals or Carcinogens
Aside from microbial contaminants, other harmful chemicals or carcinogens from infected groundwater, runoff from herbicides, runoff from landfills, discharge from petroleum and metal factories, and those chemicals added to water during sewage treatment can also be found in bottled water.
Phthalates, a proven contaminant in drinking water and a substance that is added to plastic can cause increase the risk of cancer and may damage kidneys. Other contaminants that may cause other diseases, especially those with weaker immune systems, like pregnant women or those who have underlying illnesses, include heavy metals, trihalomethanes, and bromate.
Remnants of Microplastics
Microplastic is everywhere, including bottled water. Studies show that bottled water can also contain amounts of microplastics that could cause diseases. These can isolate our immune cells, which could cause spleen damage, kidney damage, and other organ damage.
How to Avoid Drinking Water Health Risks
Having safe access to water is critical to safe drinking water. This is essential to avoid water-related sickness, particularly for those with a weak immune system. To ensure safe drinking, here are safety precautions that you can try:
Know Your Water Source
Knowing where your water if from is the first step to ensuring that your water is clean. If your source is from public water systems, you may check your annual water quality report or check straight from your water source. Meanwhile, for bottled water, you can always check the label.
Check Water Quality
Aside from the water source, water quality relies heavily on the manufacturing practice and processes that the water undergoes. As a consumer or a water vendor, knowing that your water source is not contaminated by microbial contaminants and follows safe drinking water standards is essential.
Invest in a Bottleless Water Cooler
Ridding the office of plastic bottles and providing clean drinking water is simpler than you might think, and it starts with an investment in a bottleless water cooler from Artesian! We have a wide range of units to choose from, including ones that sit on the counter or fit with your office aesthetic. By tapping into your municipal water source, we can then directly remove any harmful contaminants while providing a bottle-free solution. It’s a win-win!
Guarantee Safe Drinking with Artesian
Safety is a priority when drinking water. While bottled water may seem to be the safe route, multiple studies have proven the detrimental effects of portable water storage tanks like bottled water. That is why you should choose your water system carefully for safe drinking water.
Here at Artesian, we provide bottleless coolers undergoing multi-stage filtration that transform tap water into safe, clean drinking water. So, get your FREE 7-Day Trial started today and experience a better source of hydration in the workplace!
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