After over a century of drinking treated water, the United States citizens are apparently turning to "raw water" or unfiltered groundwater.
An Oregon company that sells raw water says it tests the bacteria in each bottle and advertises its product as having a shelf life of "one lunar cycle" (about 30 days).
"Tap water? You're drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them", he said.More news: Is there Intrinsic Value in Western Digital Corporation (NasdaqGS:WDC)?
In addition to a negative reaction on social media, the idea of raw water has several experts shaking their heads and claiming that it could pose health risks. The most obvious solution is a relatively affordable water filter that attaches to a faucet, eliminating whatever concerning trace elements may exist in the water, though studies have raised question over whether it is even necessary to filter tap water. The lead pipes the water passes through, the fluoride added to it, and filtration that they contend removes "beneficial minerals" are what pushes them to seek out pure spring water, the Times said. Studies have shown regular bottled water is no safer, but does generate huge mounds of wasteful byproducts like plastic and carbon dioxide. Even companies that collect and bottle spring water sterilize it, usually by shining ultraviolet light on the water. "It makes up 70% of me so it must be important!" and "Nothing feeds the soul more than filling up water fresh from the womb of the earth ... untouched by hands but touched & blessed by the powers of the Mount Shasta's Mountains".
A new health craze that has many people paying high prices for unfiltered water is also reportedly putting those Americans at risk for diseases like hepatitis and norovirus.
The World Health Organization has a short list of water-related illnesses that includes cholera, a bacterial disease that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration and can kill a person in a matter of hours. A puddle could be marketed as raw and you don't see many people getting on their knees every time they fancy a drink, do you?More news: China's US Debt Holdings May Be an Ace Card in Trade Dispute
While "raw water" may be sweeping Silicon Valley, there are clearly safer alternatives for those who don't want to drink traditional tap water. "This is the opposite of 'raw water, ' which is essentially untreated ground or surface water, which nearly certainly contains any number of pathogens", a spokesperson from Zero Mass Water said.
Another store in San Diego, Liquid Eden, offers options including "fluoride-free, chlorine-free and a "mineral electrolyte alkaline" drinking water that goes for $US2.50 ($3) a gallon".
Still, raw water does have some added benefits that treated water cannot offer. "And I feel good drinking it".More news: Margaret Court Arena should be renamed, says King