It’s easy to get comfortable and think that we don’t need to worry about water filters on our taps. However, Australia doesn’t even rank in the Top Ten of the world’s best drinking water. That means there are pollutants found in our tap water can be consuming on a daily basis. Some of these pollutants can have serious health consequences, especially to persons with medical issues
So it is recommended to treat the water supply using chemicals such as chlorine to kill and prevent bacterial growth, but this can be removed at source using filters systems such as Carbon, at drinking taps, ice machines etc.
Switzerland is recognized as one of the countries with the best quality tap water in the world. The country has strict water treatment standards and superior natural resources with an average rainfall per year of 1500mm or more, whereas the average annual rain fall in Australia is only 165mm
Denmark has better tap water than bottled water and Iceland has stringent quality control, ensuring that they have a consistently high quality of water. 95% of all water in Iceland comes from springs in the ground.
Greenland offers iceberg-sourced water to its inhabitants as well as providing healthy and pure drinking water sourced from lakes and rivers and the tap water in Sweden is perfectly safe to drink, sometimes it is even more safe than the ‘bottled water’. The water quality is great, with almost no bacteria, especially in the cities.
Canada also has one strict guideline regarding their water. With 9% of the world’s freshwater resources, Canadian metropolises enjoy continuous access to clean and high-quality drinking water.
Canada also has one strict guidelines regarding their water. With 9% of the world’s freshwater resources, Canadian metropolises enjoy continuous access to clean and high-quality drinking water.
Mostly due to countries with lower climate temperatures maintaining the water temperature well below bacteria breeding levels.
Drinking-water can contain harmful bacteria, like giardia, which can cause major gastrointestinal upset. To prevent the growth of such bacteria, many water suppliers use chemicals such as chlorine or fluoride to treat the water. These chemicals can cause health issues at high levels, Chlorine is usually maintained between 1- 2PPM, but Chlorine levels up to 4 ppm are considered safe in drinking water. At this level, harmful health effects are unlikely to occur, but these levels can also change due to seasonal affect, with the hot summers the cold water is no longer cold but can be above 35C which is ideal temprature for Legionella bacteria
Legionella bacteria which are found naturally in the environment, usually in water and the bacteria grows best in warm water like the kind found in hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water systems, large plumbing systems, and decorative fountains that are not properly maintained.
Hot water systems using stored water are required by Queensland law to store water at 60c to reduce the risk of Legionella multiplying in the hot water system and plumbing
The Australian drinking water guidelines can be downloaded here
In fact, only 70% of people have access to clean water that is available at their home. Many people suffer the risk of Waterborne illnesses which can can cause a variety of symptoms. While diarrhea and vomiting are the most reported symptoms of waterborne illness, other symptoms can include skin, ear, respiratory, or eye problems.
Also not being fortunate to having the water on tap at their home which we take for granted, but having to travel great distance to collect not only drinking water, but also water to irrigate crops feed livestock and repeat this everyday
So it is recommended to treat the water supply using chemicals such as chlorine to kill and prevent bacticra growth, but this can be removed a sourse using filters systems such as Carbon, at drinking taps, ice machines etc.