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Tap water: can we trust it, or should we filter it?

Have you seen the headlines? Parasitic outbreaks caused sickness to 100’s, and the culprit – the tap water. In the UK, we’ve been told we have some of the best tap water in the world, and we’re certainly not short of water if we consider our rainfall, so what’s going wrong and is it time we use filters in our homes to improve the quality of the tap water?

Tap water quality in the UK has become a hot topic recently, especially after alarming news from the South West and South East. On May 15th, the UK Health Security Agency reported an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in Brixham, Devon, with over 100 cases by May 23rd. Meanwhile, Beckenham in South East London has seen numerous people suffering from severe gastrointestinal symptoms, leading to hospitalisations. And these headlines keep on coming.

Understandably, these incidents have raised critical questions: Are water companies doing enough to ensure water cleanliness before distribution? Are the underground pipes contributing to contamination after the initial screening process? While we may not be able to answer these questions, we can discuss the broader topic of water filtration, its importance, and what you need to know to protect yourself.

Filtering water involves removing impurities and contaminants to make drinking safer and more pleasant. Despite rigorous processes at water plants, recent events have shown that not all harmful substances are effectively removed. This makes home filtration systems an essential consideration for many households.

From chlorine and fluoride to industrial chemicals like PFAS, the various contaminants found in tap water and their potential health impacts may make you curious about how to filter your tap water. 

With numerous filtration options available, it can be challenging to decide which one is best for you. Our recent article on the Healf Journal provides an overview of popular methods, including reverse osmosis, alkaline water filters, and activated carbon filters, helping you choose the most suitable option for your needs.

Read the full write-up here to ensure you’re making the best choices for your health and well-being. 

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