Would You Drink Raw Water?

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Opponents, of which there are many, warn that drinking untreated, unfiltered water can be extremely unsafe because it could contain the viruses, bacteria, and parasites that filtration removes. "Chloramine, and on top of that they're putting in fluoride".

After over a century of drinking treated water, the USA citizens are apparently turning to "raw water" or unfiltered groundwater.

Doctors have said that without proper water treatment, there are acute health risks.

As a company based in San Francisco, we find the onslaught of health hacks are often fueled more by mystique than action. This company's stand against filtered, treated water has already found fertile ground in the minds of plenty of people in Western California, riding on the public outrage around the water crisis in the city of Flint, Michigan.

The water is advertised as having no added chemicals and not passing through pipes like tap water.

According to the Centers for Disease and Control, the United States enjoys some of the safest drinking water in the world. That's why every time you turn the tap for a drink you don't have to ask "hmm, will this refresh me or infect me with something disgusting?"


Yes, modern progressives are basically 1950s John Birch'ers who believe in a government conspiracy to poison or control us with fluoride in tap water. The difference is what else may be in there: other minerals but also things unseen such as animals relieving themselves in the water stream or dead animals that may be in it, too. She also said that ozone does not change the molecular structure of water, as Live Water claims; if it did, the liquid would no longer be considered water.

Go to countries like Ghana and you'll come across people drinking raw water all right, because they have no option but to drink from potentially risky springs and rivers. Will "raw water" catch on in places like Australia, or will it just stay an American trend for now?

The World Health Organization says that drinking contaminated water causes roughly more than half a million diarrheal deaths every year. Furthermore, life threatening diseases like Hepatitis A and cholera could also spread by consuming untreated water.

In fact, according to Time.com, tap water is treated to remove 91 different contaminants. Live Water, for instance, will deliver several gallons of the stuff to your doorstep-provided you live in LA or the Bay Area-for $50 or so per month.

"You take a breath of air and you own the air you breathe, and yet water has its own supply chain", says Cody Friesen, Zero Mass Water's founder and CEO. "Now is that because I saw it come off the roof, and anything from the roof feels special?"

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