“Y’all realize we invented water treatment systems for a reason, right?”

Water travels from nature, to the treatment plant, and then to clean water from your tap.

An article came out this week that had us all gasping, scratching our heads, and then shaking them. The New York Times ran a story titled, “Unfiltered Fervor: The Rush to Get Off the Water Grid.”

The founder of Life Water — a provider of “raw” water.

First reaction, (gasp) “Say what?” Second reaction, (scratching our heads) “You’ve got to be kidding me; this isn’t an Onion story?” And finally, “You can’t fix stupid.” Apology if that offends you. However, the article headlines explain the stupidity of drinking raw water.

A few of the headlines:
 Raw water: ‘In defiance of everything science tells us.’
‘Raw water’ is the latest pseudo-scientific craze that could make you sick (Drinking ‘raw water’ could cause raw diarrhea)
Raw Water Is Water For Rich Idiots
The ‘raw’ water craze represents a refreshing return to the days when water could kill you
All the cool new friends you’ll meet when you drink raw water (So many buddies are going to show up in your GI tract.)

The Raw Water Claim

They don’t charge for the water, just the delivery. Refills are about $16 for every 2.5 gallons. (Right to left and top to bottom) 2.5-gallon jug and dispenser — $96 2.) 2.5-gallon dispenser — $69 and 3.) Empty 2.5-gallon jug — $33

On the other side of the argument, the ingenious raw water marketers counter with slick arguments. “The earth constantly offers the purest substance on the planet as spring water. We celebrate this ancient life source that humanity flourished from, since the beginning of our existance [SIC]. We trust it’s perfect just the way it is. We advocate people collecting there [SIC] own spring water as the best choice.”

Herein lies the problem. Would you trust your life to marketers who don’t even use spell check? Or, care about grammar? (Notice they misspelled existence and used the improper “their.” ) Can you trust they have scientifically demonstrated the safety of their product? Ok, maybe that is unfair. We all make mistakes.

It is interesting to note a small but critical statement is located in small print at the bottom of their marketing materials.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our services are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your health care provider before making a decision to switch your drinking water source.”

Do you think your healthcare provider would agree that drinking raw water is a good idea?

Do we all want to “envision a near future where more pure water exists and people embrace the free gifts nature offers?” Sure, but — and this is the BIG but — there is a perfect reason we drink water that is tested, and heavily regulated.

“Y’all realize we invented water treatment systems for a reason, right?”

I prefer my Raw Water with a dash of Cholera
 
 One of the most insightful comments following The New York Times article was this, “Of course, the same people who think tap water is going to harm them also will run directly to The Temple of the Scientific Method — an emergency room when their loved one is hurt. Intellectual hypocrites.”

Simply put, the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, and many others declared water treatment and disinfection the greatest achievements in public health history.

At the turn of the 20th century, public water utilities in the United States started focusing on removing dangerous, disease-causing microbes from water — turning to chlorine disinfection for the first time in 1908. The disinfection effort has drastically reduced cases of deadly diarrheal diseases like typhoid and cholera that spread via contaminated water.

It’s the same water the dinosaurs drank.

In my son’s second grade class, they recently learned that all water is recycled water (remember the water cycle). There is no “new” water.

Giardia

So we leave you with the Life Water founder’s statement on why everyone should drink raw water. “Tap water has lead, chlorine, fluoride, and most of the time prescription drugs in it, because it’s recycled water from other people’s drains. To drink that when you have a choice is crazy.”

I may be crazy, but I prefer to have my tap water purified from “the lead, chlorine, and most of the time prescription drugs” in my water along with cholera, giardia, hepatitis, etc., too. That is my choice for my children and me. How about you?

More information:

Testing the tap — Water quality

Find out the top 10 reasons to drink tap water.