We have been proponents of home reverse osmosis (RO) drinking water units since our founding over 25 years ago. Our initial and continuing contaminated water concern was the glut of disposable plastic bottle waste impacting the environment. Every year the need for these RO units increases as new, harmful materials are discovered in our drinking water such as fluoride-based chemicals, microplastics, fertilizers, and pharmaceuticals. All are virtually impossible to remove at a municipal water treatment plant and the situation will become worse as new contaminants are found and available municipal funds shrink. Having a private well is no cure for the problems.
While recently doing some research on the pervasiveness of contaminated water from microplastics in our drinking water and our food chain I discovered an article in the October 2019 issue of Water Technology publication that truly distressed me about how bad our water sources are becoming. The article titled Managing Plastic Microparticles In Water by Joseph Cotruvo, Ph.D. who is a public health consultant formerly with the EPA. The plastic issue is bad enough but what was a total surprise is that the government permits 7,000,000 asbestos fibers longer than 10 microns in each liter of drinking water. The overall consensus is that more studies are needed to determine the health effects of ingesting these fibers from water contamination. We elect not to be part of that study and avoid the issue altogether by continuing to drink and cook with RO water and hope you do also.