The Benefits of a Water Filter.

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Ava Johnson, Staff Writer

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As I stand at my bathroom sink each day to brush my teeth, I never give much thought to where the water is coming from. It seems to be a common neglected thought for most people living in a first-world society.

Through a little investigation, I learned that nuclear power plants utilize nearby water sources to power wind turbines used to supply electricity. Within miles from Kishwaukee College is one of the eleven Illinois nuclear power plants that provides electricity for about two million homes. Unfortunately, leaks and mishaps from these power plants among runoff water from agriculture processes, salting the ground in the winter, and improper sewage disposal will contaminate the drinking water that comes to many of our homes.

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Physical, chemical, biological, and radiological contaminants can be found in the average cup of drinking water without filters to block them. Sediments and fibers count as physical pollutants. They are most times small but visible and can cause intoxication and allergies in some people. Chemical impurities such as salts and pesticides will cause vomiting, stomach pains, and eye irritation. Bacteria and parasites will cause water to test positive for biological toxins. The presence of these invaders can cause illnesses like Guinea worm disease. Higher than allowed traces of radiological waste, such as uranium or tritium increase the risk of kidney damage and even cancer.

The most efficient way of avoiding these harmful effects is by investing in a water filter for your home faucet. While purchasing bottled water decreases the chances of exposure to these contaminants, it raises the chance of pollution during the discarding process. In the long run, it adds to the pollution cycle, as about only 35 percent of Americans recycle according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. So, in addition to saving hundreds of dollars per year by not purchasing individual water bottles, there are more than enough reasons to invest in a water filter.

According to an article declaring the top eight water filters of 2020, when going on the hunt to find one, it is important to be sure to read the labels of each filter. Doing so will help in knowing which one is the best fitting for the water that is treated in your area. To find out what is in the water you are using each day, visit www.ewg.org/tapwater.