An estimated 3 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation and more than 5,000 children die daily as a result of diseases related to dirty water.
“There are more people without proper sanitation this year than last year and there will be more again next year,” said a water and sanitation expert at the World Health Organization.
Tap water is now treated purposely with several well-known chemicals (Chlorine, Flourine, lime, copper sulfate, aluminum sulfate, sulfur dioxide), and infected by accident with hundreds more. Remember that the by-products of civilization are everywhere. Road salt, agricultural chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, rubber, motor oil, paint thinner, it’s just a matter of time before these pollutants make their way into the water sources. Example: Atrazine, a corn pesticide. If there were not so many bacteria that eat at least some of this stuff, we would be in much worse trouble.
Each human being needs between 2 and 3 quarts of water each day, from all sources (a tomatoe, for example is about 90% water). That means about 16,000 gallons of water in a lifetime. Some recent developments in water transport and treatment have presented more problems than they have solved.
Take water softening: Using sodium to displace calcium and magnesium is good for the pipes, but not good for you. Sodium causes fluid retention, gas, heartburn, and cardiovascular problems.