Clean water is essential for good health!
The average human body is 60% water; a baby is 75%; your health depends on clean water.
Society produces so much toxic waste that safe, clean drinking water is becoming hard to find. Despite regulations and water treatment, there are increasing numbers of dangerous contaminants in our water. Many new chemicals are not yet regulated and there are no legal specifications controlling their levels in your water, so they can be present in any amount. To increase this hazard, many governments recycle sewerage and add fluoride to water supplies without community consultation. The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines regulate levels of 218 chemical water contaminants; but there are more than 2,100 known chemical toxins present in US water supplies and more than 60,000 known chemicals can end up in our water – including proven carcinogens.
No matter where you are, your water – and your health – is under threat.
Here’s how to protect yourself against Australia’s most common water pollutants:
The fluoride used in water fluoridation is a mix of toxic chemicals, including radioactive chemicals, that are formed as by-products of aluminium and fertilizer production. Hydrofluorocilicic acid is classified as hazardous waste that is illegal to dump in the environment.
Water fluoridation has been shown to damage tooth enamel, increase fracture risk, suppress immune and thyroid function, increase cancer risk and disrupt the function of the pineal gland.
The good news is that cities all over North America have recently banned water fluoridation and many countries, including Germany, Holland, Russia, Sweden and Japan have banned water fluoridation altogether.
You don’t have to drink fluoridated water! Aquaguard has ion-exchange resin filters that can remove fluoride from a single tap or a whole town’s water supply.
Call us toll free on 1300 055 300 for more details.
Chlorine is found in town water – and in most swimming pools – as a disinfectant that effectively kills microorganisms. But chlorine doesn’t know when to stop killing organisms, causing toxic effects on the body. Chlorine has been identified as a leading cause of bladder cancer, and has been associated with rectal and breast cancers, asthma, birth defects and premature aging of skin.
Aquaguard has a range of activated carbon filters to simply and safely remove chlorine.
TOXIC METALS [Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Mercury & Zinc]
Toxic metals are metals that form poisonous soluble compounds. They are hazardous in all concentrations as there is no beneficial dose for a toxic metal. The most common Toxic Metals found in water include: Arsenic, Lead, Mercury, Copper, Zinc and Uranium. Toxic trace elements include Chromium (hexavalent), Nickel (salts) Copper and Zinc.
Some of these pollutants, like Lead, Mercury and Arsenic, are biocumulative – they are stored in your body and accumulate over years until they reach
critical levels. Other Toxic metals cause cumulative damage through exposure to small doses over long periods.
Toxic metals can seriously damage your health and kill you – but they can be effectively removed from water using ion-exchange resins or select from a range of Ultrafilters – all available through Aquaguard.
PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS [WA & QLD]
Pharmaceutical drugs are consumed in great quantities and find their way into our water after being flushed in urine from people and feedlot animals. Disturbing research has identified increasing numbers of pharmaceutical drugs in our drinking water. Antibiotics, birth control pills, painkillers, antidepressants, psychiatric medications and chemotherapy drugs now contaminate municipal water – especially those supplies in Queensland and Western Australia that recycle sewerage and grey water for human use.
Giardia is an anaerobic protozoan parasite that invades the small intestine of humans, causing giardiasis. Individuals become infected through ingesting or coming into contact with contaminated food, soil, or water. The symptoms of Giardia may include diarrhea, gas, abdominal cramps, vomiting, and nausea. Without treatment the symptoms fade, but the victim then becomes a Carrier, transmitting the infection to others.
The Giardia parasite cysts are transmitted from items and surfaces that have been contaminated by infected faeces.
Contaminated water is a primary source of Giardia infection.
Cryptosporidium is a protozoan that causes gastrointestinal illness with diarrhea in humans. Cryptosporidiosis is an acute, short-term infection that can be severe in children and immunocompromised individuals.
Cryptosporidium does not use an insect vector completes its life cycle in a single host, resulting in cysts which are excreted in faeces. Cysts ingested in contaminated food or water cause the infection in a new host. The hardy Cryptosporidium cysts can survive for lengthy periods in water and are resistant many common disinfectants, particularly chlorine.
The dormant cysts of Cryptosporidium can be safely removed from water with ceramic, activated carbon and fine sediment filtration.
E. coli (Escherichia coli) is a bacterium found in the lower intestine of birds and mammals. Cells are able to survive outside the body for a limited amount of time, and while most E. coli strains are harmless, some cause serious food poisoning in humans. Virulent strains of E. coli cause gastroenteritis, urinary tract infections, and neonatal meningitis. In rarer cases, E coli is also responsible for hemolytic-uremic syndrome, peritonitis, mastitis, septicemia and Gram-negative pneumonia.
E coli is commonly found in rainwater tanks via faecal contamination by birds and bats, and in groundwater via leaking septic tanks and raw sererage.
The good news is that E coli can be easily removed from your water by using silver impregnated activated carbon filters, available in all Aquaguard filtration systems.
VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (Pesticides, Herbicides & Fungicides)
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that vapourize under ordinary, room-temperature conditions. VOCs are many, varied, and everywhere, and include both human-made and naturally occurring chemicals. VOCs include most scents and odours, and they play an important role in communication between plants; but some VOCs are dangerous to human health. Dangerous VOCs are typically not acutely toxic, but instead have compounding long-term health effects. Common sources of VOCs include paints and protective coatings, fossil fuels and exhaust gases and pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Hazardous common VOCs include Formaldehyde, chlorofluorocarbons, benzene, perchloroethylene, and styrene.
Health effects of VOCs include headaches, loss of coordination, nausea and liver, kidney, and central nervous system damage. Some VOCs are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans. Symptoms from exposure to VOCs include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue, dizziness.
VOCs can be safely removed from water using KD-55 media in conjunction with activated carbon filtration. This combination can be fitted to all Aquaguard filter systems.
The most common water-borne viral diseases are Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis (Polio), Polyomavirus, Adenovirus, Gastroenteritis (Parvovirus et al) and SARS (Severe Acture Respiratory Syndrome), all of which can result in death – and all are ingested through poorly-treated or untreated water.