|According to a new independent study by the
WWF, Bottled Water: Understanding a social phenomenon, commissioned by WWF, bottled water
may be no safer, or healthier than tap water in many countries while selling for up to
1000 times the price. Yet, it is the fastest growing drinks industry in the world and is
estimated to be worth US$22 billion annually.
The study reveals that the bottled water market is partly fuelled by concerns over the
safety of municipal water and by the marketing of many brands which portray them as being
drawn from pristine sources and as being healthier than tap water. However, some bottled
waters only differ from tap water in the fact that they are distributed in bottles rather
than through pipes. In fact there are more standards regulating tap water in Europe and
the US than those applied to the bottled water industry.
"Our attitudes towards tap water are being shaped by the pollution which is choking
the rivers and streams which should be veins of life," argues Richard Holland,
Director of WWF's Living Waters Campaign. "We must clean up and properly protect
these waters at source, and not just at the treatment works, so that we can all rest easy
in drinking from the tap."
until we have safe drinking water from our faucets,
what is the best solution?
The study acknowledges that while bottled water has the
advantage of being generally safer in areas where tap water may be contaminated, boiling
or filtering local water renders it safe at a much lower cost for people on a low income.
However, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in terms
of nutritional value, bottled water is no better than tap water. It may contain small
amounts of minerals but so does tap water from many public municipal water supplies.
Some consumers prefer bottled water to tap water for taste reasons. WWF argues that water
companies have an important responsibility to ensure that they consistently produce water
that is not only safe but also pleasant to drink.
The study also finds that every year 1.5 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water.
Toxic chemicals can be released into the environment during the manufacture and disposal
of the bottles. Furthermore, a quarter of the 89 billion litres of water bottled worldwide
annually are consumed outside their country of origin. Emissions of the green house gas
carbon dioxide, caused by transporting bottled water within and between countries,
contribute to the global problem of climate change.
"Bottled water isn't a long term sustainable solution to securing access to healthy
water," said Richard Holland. "Clean water is a basic right. Protecting our
rivers, streams and wetlands will help ensure that tap water remains a service which
delivers good quality drinking water for everyone at a fair price."
But until we have safe drinking water
from our faucets,
what is the best solution?
The World Wildlife Fund of Nature is the world's largest
and most effective independant organization dedicated to the conservation of nature.
Even the best municipal treatment plants cannot correct all
problems. Giardia and Cryptosporidium cannot be killed by chlorine added at
municipal plants, and lead can leach into already-treated water from old pipes and
So what can you do to turn your drinking water into
safe, healthy, a great tasting refreshment?
OMNIFilter® home water filters has the
solutions for cleaner, safer, great tasting water on tap at a fraction of the cost of
We recommend that you install one of our
high-flow home water filters
where the line comes into the house; then we recommend you install one of our OMNI
high-contaminant-removal filters in your kitchen (or bathroom) where you use it for
cooking and drinking.
| Whole House | Undersink | Faucet Mount | Refrigerator | Water Cooler |
At OMNIFilter® Corporation, we deliver high quality home
water filters at an affordable price. OMNIFilter® units are sold with the
Do-It-Yourself-er in mind. Everything you need to install your filter is in the box.
At OMNIFilter, we make filtration products for your entire
Point of Entry Whole House
Point of Use Undersink Filter
Point of Use Faucet Mount/Countertop
Point of Use Refrigerator/Icemaker
Point of Use Cooler Filter
We also sell replacement cartridges for all of the omni
purifiers. If you are unsure which filter is right for you, see below .
Point of Entry (POE) Whole House Water
First, we recommend that you install a high-flow Whole House
filter where the line comes into your house. This Whole House filter will reduce rust and
sediment picked up from the pipes that deliver to your residence from your well or
municipal system. This first cleaning will protect your appliances (hot water heater,
clothes washer, dishwasher, humidifier, toilets, showers, etc.) from the wear caused by
rust and sediment. An OMNI Whole House filter will also remove much of the chlorine that
can cause itchy skin and damage your clothing.
Select from our list of Whole House Water
Point of Use (POU)
Then we recommend you install an OMNI
high-contaminant-removal filter in your kitchen (or bathroom) where it is used for cooking
and drinking. Called Point of Use purifiers, these units remove contaminants
and provide clean, safe, great tasting refreshment on demand. Select from our:
|Faucet Mount / Counter Top
| Refrigerator / Icemaker
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