Water is one of the most basic human needs. Humans can only survive about four days without drinking water, let alone other uses that make it a necessity like personal hygiene. Water is so important, but unfortunately it is also incredibly easy to contaminate. To help combat contamination in water caused by both manmade and natural contaminants, effective water purification systems have been developed for both industrial and personal use.
1. Helps the environment
One of the biggest environmental issues in the world right now is the human obsession with plastic, and plastic bottles are one of the biggest culprits. Especially in places where potable water is difficult to come by, people are using an incredible amount of bottled water on a daily basis.
Even if the bottles are recycled, tons of energy and resources are still used in the recycling process. Many of the bottles are never recycled anyway, they end up littering the ground, in landfills or in the ocean. Water purification systems can eliminate the need for plastic bottles anywhere in the world.
2. Save lives in emergency situations
Small personal water purification systems can be used for people who are doing activities that could make accessing potable water difficult. In these cases, having a personal, portable water purification system could mean saving a life in the even that someone gets stranded or stuck somewhere with limited resources.
Water purification systems are incredibly useful, and necessary, for emergency situations on a much larger scale as well. For instance, natural disasters can wreak havoc on a community’s clean water supply. It is in cases like these that water purification systems become a necessity.
3. Gives water to those without
Water purification systems can also be used to bring drinkable water to communities who have limited access to it. Having easy access to good water can make a huge difference in a community, especially in those communities where members would have to spend significant amounts of time transporting water from another location to their home.
Bringing a reliable source of water to a community that once had to live without grants them access to new opportunities to grow their community and enrich their lives. Easy access to water means greater ability to grow food, more time for entertainment, and more opportunity for prosperity within the community.
4. Reduces waterborne illness
There are many different waterborne diseases. Some develop when the water is ingested, others just from having contact with human skin. Some only produce minor symptoms of diarrhea or vomiting, while others can be deadly. Diseases that can be caused by contaminated water include Typhoid Fever, E. Coli, Cholera, Dysentery, and SARS.
For people living in areas prone to waterborne diseases, they risk their lives just by drinking a glass of water. Water purification systems can remove the harmful disease-causing agents from the water to make it potable.
5. Removes harmful chemicals
Another major issue is the contamination of water by humans. Chemicals get into the water which make it poisonous to humans. The problem with some chemicals is that they are slow-acting killers. Some contain cancer-causing agents, while others can cause damage to the organs or cause serious disabilities. Water purification systems can remove these chemicals from the water so that humans can avoid the negative outcome of drinking the contaminated water.
Water purification systems could also help to replace the need for heavily treated water. Although treated water is drinkable, it is the chemicals in the water that make it so. Although those chemicals have been deemed safe for human consumption, natural and pure are always better.