The massive water dilemma: which water should I drink?

Submitted by Trinity on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:04

What choices do I really have?
Water is a bountiful gift of nature. We see it all around us in the falling rain, lakes, rivers, the ocean, early morning dew, waterfalls, taps, swimming pools, showers and even plastic bottles. Until the recent industrial era, we drank water freely from streams and rivers, without a second thought as to whether it was safe or not; it just was. So where did things go so wrong? With our bodies composed of somewhere upwards of 60% water, it is an important element for human life; a basic human right. When did water become a controlled commodity? One of the biggest problems that we face today, is that there is so much conflicting information out there about which water we should drink; it is difficult to make a conscious choice...

'Which' water to drink has been a challenging dilemma for me, my whole adult life. It seems almost every which way I turn, there is something to compromise. Once I start pulling at a lose thread, the whole garment rapidly falls apart. In this article, I explore our realistic options, so that we can at least begin to make more informed decisions about the water we drink.

Tap Water

Tap water varies in quality from region to region, although it has frequently been proven to be laden with contaminants in the form of fluoride, chlorine, drugs, arsenic, heavy metals, pesticides and pathogens.

Recently, the Scientific American reported that '18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities'. These chemicals include 'the perfluorinated compounds, known as PFOA. They've been linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer; an example of which, are communities in West Virginia, where the water has been contaminated by a chemical plant.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (USA) also reported this:

      'Tap water can contain a vast array of contaminants, but a handful showed up repeatedly in the water of the cities we studied':
  • Lead, which enters drinking water supplies from the corrosion of pipes and plumbing fixtures and can cause brain damage in infants and children
  • Pathogens (germs) that can make people sick, especially those with weakened immune systems, the frail elderly and the very young
  • By-products of chlorine treatment such as trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids, which may cause cancer and reproductive problems
  • Arsenic, which may cause cancer, serious skin problems, birth defects and reproductive problems
  • Radon, the rocket fuel perchlorate and other carcinogens or otherwise toxic chemicals

The Fluoride in drinking water controversy

It may come as a surprise to learn, that fluoride is a well known rat poison and insecticide. This compound has been shown to cause crippling bone disease in people who've been drinking from water with high levels of this chemical. It has also been shown to affect bone health and other tissues in the body. A great source of information for studies on this is:

Studies show shocking flouride links to lowered IQ levels:

'Over the last several several decades, an astonishing 24 studies have established a statistical link between flouride exposure and low IQ's in children. One study conducted by the Center for Endemic Disease Control in China, found that each additional milligram of flouride detected in every litre of a child's urine, was associated with a 0.59 decrease in their IQ score. Another study, found that flouride exposure, slashed the number of children receiving 'high IQ's by more than 70%.'

Which nations fluoridate?

Whilst many countries in the world do not consume fluoridated water, the following countries are the main culprits. These statistics are from the British Fluoridation Society in 2012 (with the percentage of people who drink artificially fluoridated water in brackets):

USA (64%)
UK (11%)
Australia (80%)
Hong Kong (100%)
New Zealand (61%)
Ireland (73%)
Malaysia (75.5%)
Spain (11%)
Brazil (41%)
Chile (70%)
Brunei (95%)
Fiji (36%)
Singapore (100%)
Canada (44%)
Argentina (19%)

For more info on country specific fluoridation, check out this great file here:
Extent of Fluoridation around the world document

Mass fluoride medication

Fluoridation of the water supply, is essentially mass human medication, without informed consent from the people (who generally have no idea that it is happening).

Watch this short and informative animated movie about 'The Fluoride Deception'. It exposes the facts about water fluoridation and the phosphate mining industry. It's rather eye opening!

For further professional perspectives and insight into the fluoridation industry, watch this video here...

Tap water is definitely not ideal to use as drinking water

Given the contaminants regularly found in tap water, we can probably conclude that it is clearly not the ideal solution for drinking. There are however, some excellent options and filtration systems, that may radically improve the quality of water from your tap - to make it safe from drinking. I'll be exploring our water filtration options in another article very soon.

The bottled water story

Given the dangers of tap water, we might then be forgiven for thinking
we should all drink bottled water. Think again!

I hold my hands up: like many of us, not knowing which way to turn, I've fallen into the bottled water trap before. In a nutshell, plastic bottles are not ideal for us or the planet; far from it. Whilst there are some great companies out there, there are lots of dubious, unethical corporations selling tap water in bottles. Throw in the cocktail of chemical contaminants that leach into bottled water from the plastic, then the downsides starts rapidly stacking up. Check out my article 'The Dark Side of Bottled Water' to explore the pros and cons of drinking bottled water.

ALTERNATIVES - so what on Earth am I supposed to drink?

Both bottled water, and water straight out of the tap are certainly poor choices; yet despite the challenges, there are informed options that we as people can make. Here are some tips to help support healthy water consumption...

  1. Eat lots of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables or drink fruit/veggie juices. Often an overlooked source of water, yet the water content in a lot of fruits and vegetables is naturally high. If you incorporate these into your daily cuisine, then there is less need to rely on water.
  2. Get a really good, reliable filter for your tap water. There are a lot of choices out there - something definitely to explore. Look out for my next article, where I examine the differences between jug carbon filters, reverse osmosis filters, and solid carbon block filters.
  3. The best choice of all: collect it yourself from a local spring. This is the most sustainable and healthy option that I know of, and is well worth the extra effort to go collect it. Ideally, you’ll find a spring that is clean and relatively free from pollution - or just do the best you can. If in doubt, you could always pass your collected water through a solid block carbon filter when you get home. There is a growing movement of discerning people, seeking to find their own source of healthy spring water.

Visit or check out this video for more information:

So, it's not an easy choice at all, although I am sure you'll agree, that becoming informed and making the best choices within what we have available, is an excellent place to start. I can't help but feel, that there is so much more to explore, when it comes to making a conscious choice about drinking water. Keep unravelling and exploring, and please do share if you gather any new insight on the subject.

Look out for my other, related articles including my exploration of different water filter options. Next week, I'll be looking at the pros and cons of different water filtration systems.

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Thanks so much for putting this altogether Trinity.

It's a comprehensive exploration: of course water is so fundamental to our lives and affects our vibration to immeasurably, that we need to be clear water we're putting into our bodies.

So on behalf of the community - thankyou!


On the article link on facebook , i shared part of my own situation regarding spring water quality . I exactly live 15 kms from one spring and 15 from another one . Belgium is a pretty small country but it has a good number of water springs within short distance ( in my region at least ) . I remember years ago being guided by a friend to another water spring down south of the country . The forest area where i was brought had a magical feeling to it and surely helped that spring to be kept secret . The water was unbeleivably pure and filled with a higher frequency . I only went to this one once ...
Regarding the only i have been going to for the past 8 years & which is nearby , I really enjoy the water taste , natural coldness and freshness . There is a board set nearby the spring indicating the level of Nitrates , Steel , Nitrites , .... and how this water is high in those healthy components . Smart move from the Forest department following carefully the quality of the water . A large number of people pass over there to fetch 30 , 50 , sometimes 150 Liters of water to bring back home . I have often crossed Older people putting in the Energy to get that healthier water ... Impressive efforts towards better health defenetly . It always gives me a smile to see the incresing numberof people coming there . A small forest church stands nearby on a higher slope of the forest and radiates a very sweet energy around . The other day , because of the huge number of mice living nearby the spring , i could approach one very closely and just stand next to her , watching her movements . She was not afraid at alll about me standing so close ... she went on eating tiny roots as if i was not there . Magical moment in total connection with Mother Nature . The whole area speaks to the ones who can see and feel Our Divine connectivity of the Natural environment .
I could bring some of this water to Glastonbury in September for anyone to taste . I anyway always have spring water in the car ...
To collect the water , i have to use 5 liter plactic bottles ; that's the only down side so far i can think of . At home i pour the water within Glass bottles to keep it as quick as possible away from the plastic .
I will soon test & taste the water from the other water spring nearby .
Hopefully , more testimonies or experiences on this important subject will follow soon .
With Love Guys ,

Many people in Australia just collect their rainwater and drink that. I've grown up drinking it.

I wonder how it compares.

Come to think of it, I'm told there is a well 50 metres from our house that is fed by a spring, I've not looked in that part of the land yet. I might look in to what is needed to get it in a usable state. Thanks for the nudge :)

Thank you for this most informative discussion about water, Trinity. I've been feeling muddled and conflicted lately about the whole issue of drinking water so really welcome your timely post. I look forward to your info on filters. Your research motivates and inspires me to choose a water source that benefits all. x Catherine

Thank you Trinity for posting information about water . I too have been researching it for a few years and for 2 years used a 5 way reverse osmosis system. There is so much waste though and I had no idea when I bought it. I looked into Counter top water filters that don't need to be plugged in. And there are good and bad points for them as well , although you can put swamp water in some of them. may be useful for prepping. The 3 I am looking at are Eva, Berkefeld and Berkey. Some have travel/camping ones.
I have also looked into where my closest spring is but then I need to know if it's safe to drink the water. I also looked into a water distiller but read that there are high EMF's from that while it is distilling the water.

I drink Highland Spring water but the large bottles are plastic. I am planning to write to the manufacturers to see if I can buy the large bottles in glass. They supply it to restaurants/ bars.
As I am going to the Openhand summer retreat I will be filling up some bottles with white Spring water.

Ideally I would like a water filter system for the whole house. Can anyone recommend one or a filter for the shower? Lisa X