I’ll just have water, hold the arsenic

If you’ve ever wondered if reverse osmosis actually removes anything from your municipal water, check this out:

Those filters were white when they were new. My Beloved took Labor Day weekend seriously and changed the filters today, and eww, they were so gross.

Back when the cavemen where drinking directly out of a stream, I guess they only had to contend with moose dung and a fellow tribesman using the river to clean the knife he filleted an elk with (I don’t know, maybe they were dealing with the tribe mate’s dung, too). But even today’s water treatment plants don’t leave your drinking water pristine (especially here in Illinois). Do you have any idea how many pharmaceuticals you are ingesting because your fellow tribe mate flushes his leftover drugs down the toilet?

According to one website, reverse osmosis removes “dissolved minerals and metals such as aluminum, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chloride, chromium, copper, fluoride, magnesium, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, nitrate, selenium, silver, sulfate, and zinc. RO is also effective with asbestos, many taste, color and odor-producing chemicals, particulates, total dissolved solids, turbidity, and radium.”

I don’t know what “turbidity” is, but I’m glad I’m not drinking it.

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