So many of us take water for granted. We take long showers, let the tap run while we brush our teeth, and fill our glasses from the tap. Lots of us buy plastic bottles of water and toss them out after we use them – or some reuse those bottles (at your own risk!) Very rarely do we stop and think what goes into the water we use, and how this is a luxury many people on the planet don’t enjoy.
Many people aren’t buying bottled water anymore, but those who do are usually drinking it out of partially recycled bottles. Companies are using these materials in order to reduce the amount of bad press that comes with charging people for water in a plastic bottle that will end up in a landfill. Some people buy a bottle and reuse it. However, these bottles are not designed for more than one use. They begin to break down, which means chemicals leech into the water. Bottles left in hot cars are particularly dangerous. So, save some money and the planet and buy your own water bottle. The majority of the United States’ tap water is properly filtered and safe to drink, so just pick a bottle and get to it.
But there are so many, right? If you’re investing, make sure you water bottle is BPA-free. The chemical BPA, found in many bottles designed for long-term use, can also break down and cause issues including hormonal changes in woman and severe migraine headaches. It’s still not a good idea to leave this bottles in a hot car, so make sure you keep it out of the heat.
Although we live in a place where we can just buy a bottle or fill up a glass, many people don’t have access to clean water. In desperation, many people drink contaminated water, which leads to extreme sickness and sometimes death. However, technological advances are trying to give those people access to the clean water they deserve.
There are many charities that take donations and use that money to dig wells or provide fresh water to millions of people worldwide. Scientists are working on projects to help provide their own fresh water and ways of purifying water. Personal solar stills take murky water and use the heat of the sun to evaporate and then catch the evaporated (clean) water to use for drinking. This takes time and relies on access to some sort of murky water. Also, surprisingly enough, salt can be used to purify water. Sprinkle salt in dirty water and it will bind the minerals and make them sink to the bottom. However, if too much salt is added to the water, you can cause dehydration.