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It is an unfortunate fact the majority of water sources contains impurities absorbed by water in the form of pollution from the air, the earth’s surface and man. Our environment has become inundated with fertilisers, man-made chemicals, pesticides and human, animal and industrial wastes. It is inevitable that residues will find their way into the catchment area feeding the water supply.
Although the water from our taps is treated, it is too costly to purify large volumes of water to the level of quality that we expect. Most water boards are only designed for the purpose of disinfecting the water to an “adequate” level.
There are also the hundreds of kilometres of piping before it reaches the end user. Along this journey there is often the build up of rust, dirt, slime and bacteria. Bacteria take shelter and nutrients in the slime build-up of pipes; a biofilm coating develops, protecting the bacteria from chlorine disinfection. When there is a violent flow of water or any other disturbance of the biofilm, the bacteria is released.
Chlorine kills the natural flora in our bodies crucial for proper digestion and resistance of disease, chlorine also reacts with organic matter in the water to form toxic chemicals called Trihalomethanes, a known carcinogen thought to increase the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and cancer.

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