Clean drinking water
It seems so natural: you turn on the tap to pour yourself a glass of refreshing water. Tap water that is also drinking water is a convenient luxury. But even in the most developed countries, where the quality standards for drinking water are high and strictly regulated, your drinking water contains all kinds of substances you don’t really want to expose your body to.
Water quality in the Netherlands
We are a Dutch company, so let’s take the Netherlands for example. The Netherlands is often seen as the country with the best drinking water from the tap in the world. And yes, it is true that the requirements for clean drinking water are very high here. Dutch tap water cannot be compared to tap water in France or Spain, which often has a strong taste of chlorine. However, some drinking water companies in the Netherlands also add chlorine to their water. Although chlorine kills viruses in drinking water and bacteria, chlorine is not something you want to consume to stay healthy.
The quality of our drinking water sources is at risk. 80% of the waste water is dumped directly into the environment. This means that all kinds of non-natural substances seep into natural water sources. From pesticides to medicine residues and from synthetic drug waste to microplastics: our rivers, seas and reservoirs are polluted. And that can affect our health. So although standards in the Netherlands are high, the quality of our tap water cannot always be guaranteed.
How clean is our drinking water?
The Dutch government has strict guidelines and rules to guarantee the quality of Dutch drinking water. For instance, the amount of certain substances (such as metals or residues) and organisms (such as viruses and bacteria) allowed in drinking water is laid down by law. But drinking water from the tap is not as clean as mineral water sold in plastic bottles. Furthermore, while the water may be clean when it leaves the central treatment plants. Most contamination happens between those plants and your tap.
Tap water can – legally! – contain all kinds of substances and organisms that make that water a lot less pure. Examples are:
Water from the tap or bottles of drinking water: what is better?
Because tap water may contain more contaminants than you would expect, you may be inclined to turn to bottled water. This is often seen as a more pure alternative to drinking water from the tap.
Unfortunately, bottled water has a huge drawback: the enormous negative impact of the plastic bottle industry on the environment. When you think about it, it is absurd how much time, money and carbon dioxide emissions one plastic bottle of drinking water involves. Not only does the mineral water have to be purified, the plastic bottle has to be produced, filled and then transported to the rest of the world. That is an incredibly long process, while you consume that bottle of water within a day.
If you want to help the environment, tap water is the ‘cleaner’ option. But if you want to do something good for your health, bottled water may be a better choice.
Fortunately, there is an alternative that embraces both sides: Aquablu’s innovative water purifiers bring truly clean drinking water within reach for everyone with the help of reverse osmosis technology. Read more about these home water purification systems here. With one of these systems, the best water simply comes out of your own tap. Want to have your water softened? That is also possible with our water softeners.