There’s No Such Thing As Pure Water

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"There is no such thing as pure water. The notion of pure water is an oversimplification meant to lure consumers into buying products that do not perform as suggested. I was reading an interesting note in the October (’05) issue of Smithsonian magazine about harvesting icebergs as a source of pure water. That started me thinking that the entire concept of pure water is misleading and needs to be cleared up," says James P. McMahon, ecologist and owner of Sweetwater, LLC.

is to change the focus of the discussion about water treatment in order to provide honest information to the public. People have been led to believe that they can have pure water in their homes by purchasing distillers or reverse osmosis systems and now by buying bottled iceberg water. It’s all nonsense. I don’t know how these myths have come to be so prevalent

"There is no such thing as pure water," says James P. McMahon, ecologist and owner of Sweetwater, LLC. "The notion of pure water is an oversimplification meant to lure consumers into buying products that do not perform as suggested. In order to dispel this myth I’ve written and released a short article on the topic of pure water," adds McMahon. The article is available at http://www.cleanairpurewater.com/resource_library.html.

McMahon is an ecologist with over 30 years experience in water quality issues, river and landscape restoration, and as one of the original founders of the recycling movement in this country. Ten years ago McMahon turned his focus to water and now provides consulting services and water purification systems to people who want healthy water in their homes or businesses. His work to save endangered fish in our rivers led to an understanding of the extent to which our surface waters are polluted. As always, McMahon takes a no-nonsense approach and calls it as he sees it.

'There is No Such Thing As Pure Water' provides a brief discussion of distillation, reverse osmosis, multi-stage treatment systems, pure water, and healthy water.

According to McMahon, “I was reading an interesting note in the October (’05) issue of Smithsonian magazine about harvesting icebergs as a source for bottled water and vodka. In the article, David Sacks, president of the Canadian Iceberg Vodka Corporation is quoted as saying that icebergs are ‘the purest water in the world.’ That got me thinking and wondering if that source is as pure as the people who sell it claim it to be. Frankly, the whole concept of pure water is misleading and needs to be cleared up.”

Pure water, if it is defined as water devoid of minerals or any content other than water itself, does not exist in nature nor is any single piece of water purification equipment capable of producing pure water. McMahon suggests instead that the dialogue change from a focus on water purification, which is misleading, to the more accurate concept of water treatment and toward achieving what McMahon terms ‘healthy water.’ Healthy water is achievable and consists of water that has been treated to remove any naturally occurring or man-made contaminants.

“My purpose,” states McMahon, “is to change the focus of the discussion about water treatment in order to provide honest information to the public. People have been led to believe that they can have pure water in their homes by purchasing distillers or reverse osmosis systems and now by buying bottled iceberg water. It’s all nonsense. I don’t know how these myths have come to be so prevalent,” adds McMahon.

For the most part, municipally treated water contains carcinogens, known as trihalomethanes, that can be removed at your home. Your water may contain other harmful contaminants as well. You can treat your water to remove contaminants and by doing so you can achieve healthy water for your family. To learn how, people can follow McMahon’s free Five Steps to Pure Water or read the comprehensive Ultimate Guide To Selecting The Appropriate Water Treatment System. Both are available at http://www.cleanairpurewater.com.

Back to the Smithsonian article: Is the water in icebergs pure?

“I doubt it,” says McMahon. “I don’t think that ‘pure’ water exists. I have to cast doubt on that claim. Nor would I drink any 'pure' bottled water treated with distillation or reverse osmosis. That water likely contains plastic. If I’m going to drink bottled water, then I suggest a mineral rich water like Trinity Springs. And if you’re drinking well water or city water then you really need to look at what’s in it and treat it appropriately."

You can learn more at: http://www.cleanairpurewater.com.

About Sweetwater Healthy Home Environments, LLC

Sweetwater Healthy Home Environments, LLC (aka Sweetwater, LLC) was established for the purpose of helping people achieve healthy water in their homes and businesses. The company is located in Brookside, Utah. You can learn more at http://www.cleanairpurewater.com.

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