3 Common myths about water purifiers debunked
- Water contamination is a widespread problem.
- Not every water purification technique is suitable for every type of water.
- A purification technique may not work for all regions.
- Buy a purifier that suits the water in your region.
As we all know that around 70 percent of human body is made of water, it is essential for your body to stay healthy. However, that is not enough. You need to make sure that your body gets clean water as contaminated water–that contains impurities–does more harm to your health than good. Unfortunately, the quality of water has worsened in the recent years and problems associated with water contamination have increased tremendously. The widespread problem of water contamination has provided manufacturers of water purifiers the perfect opportunity to market them.
These companies often claim to have developed more advanced water purification products and technologies to reduce the risk of water borne diseases. However, they often tend to confuse consumers by twisting or manipulating facts to suit their advertising campaigns. Here are some of the most common myths associated with water purifiers.
Myth #1 Reverse osmosis (RO) is the latest technology
A number of people end up buying RO water purifiers because they believe it is the best and the latest technology in water purification. In India, there are 17 different kinds of water conditions and there is no one size-fits-all technology that can be adopted to purify water. Water quality differs not only between geographies but even within a given region.
Moreover, if one uses RO water purification in areas where it is not required, then it leads to ‘demineralised water'. Demineralised water has substantial lack of essential minerals in it and is not considered ideal for drinking. RO technology in a water purifier on its own may not be enough or suitable for every type of water.
Myth #2 Water purifiers do not retain essential mineral
False! They do; it's just that an incorrect purification technique that doesn't suit the water type may lead to removal of essential minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and salt from water. The notion that all water purifiers will drain away minerals from water is incorrect. However, using a purifier with a water purification technique that doesn't suit the water may drain the minerals from the water. For example, an RO purifier must not be used if the total dissolved solids (TDS) value of the water is below 200ppm. Using RO on such water may remove all the essential minerals from it.
Myth #3 Boiling water is enough
This is one of the most common myths. The fact is that boiling water gets rid of water-borne bacteria and viruses but it has no effect on chlorine content and cysts, and it doesn't remove turbidity and organic and inorganic impurities either. Also, water needs to be boiled for a minimum of 20 minutes for it to remove the disease-causing micro-organisms. Secondly, most people are unaware that boiled water, when kept in an open container to cool down, is prone to re-contamination by certain bacteria.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jun 20, 2015
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