What’s in your water?
Although tap water in Ireland is generally of a good quality, why wouldn’t you want to give yourself and your family the best? There are many unwanted items in your drinking water which given the choice, you may not want to drink:
Chlorine is often added to your water by your local water provider.
It disinfects the water but can leave it with a nasty taste and smell.
If you live in a hard water area calcium and magnesium will be present in your water.
You may see this in the form of scum on the top of your tea & coffee and as flakes of chalky scale in your kettle.
Viruses & Bacteria
Coliform and E coli are some of the most common types of bacteria found in the water supply.
Some can be harmless but others can cause gastrointestinal problems.
If you live in a pre-1970’s house the likelihood is you’ll have lead pipes connecting your home to the mains water supply. Lead which can get absorbed into your water supply and can be toxic.
Chemicals used by farmers and gardeners to control pests can be detected in your drinking water. It has been detected in some water supplies above EU standards for drinking water.
Although found in very low levels, pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics, hormones from oral contraceptives and mood stabilisers can be found in many water sources receiving waste water. That includes drinking water.