100 dead and 40,000 sick in Milwaukee in 1993. If only they had biological waste treatment in their homes, the fatalities and the number of people sick could have been greatly reduced. This is a true store by the way, the result of the 1993 Milwaukee cryptosporidium outbreak that affected the water supplies of people in that location.
This occurrence brought the matter of microbiological contaminants in drinking water in sharp focus. People realized that (a) municipal water treatment systems have their limits and (b) they had better take matters into their own hands and give their families added protection from biological matter in drinking water.
There are the so called "super bugs", microorganisms that have become resistant to municipal water treatment processes. Chlorination has helped to curb the occurrence of waterborne illness such as cholera nd typhoid but "super bugs" such as cryptosporidium and giardia are chlorine resistant.
And it is just not these two microorganism that can cause problems. Studies show that eromonas, legionella, pseudomonas and others have increasingly turned up in water supplies across the country.
What is so alarming about this is that of all the other drinking water contaminants, heavy metals, chemicals (organic and inorganic), biological entities are the most dangerous. Ingesting microbiological contaminants via a glass of water can make you sick or kill you real fast. Those survivors of the Milwaukee cryptosporidium outbreak can attest to that
The government must play their part in ensuring that systems are in place to minimize a repeat of the Milwaukee outbreak, but wouldn't it be wise to give your family an added layer of protection against microbiological contaminants in their tap water. After all water is life and we ought to be drinking it daily.
This is where home biological water treatment devices come in. A quality unit, can eliminate bacteria in drinking water and give you and your family healthy, safe drinking water.
But herein lies another problem, many households are being sold water treatment systems that are incapable of removing microbiological contaminants from drinking water. They may be getting protection from less dangerous contaminants like sediment and turbidity but the bacteria in tap water remains unchecked.
This is where online research necessary. By doing your homework, you'll find out that Reverse osmosis water filtration systems don't remove bacteria and are therefore not a biological water treatment system.
Activated carbon filters are partial removers of bacteria in tap water but are more suitable from removing chemicals in drinking water.
The two best biological water treatment systems are ultraviolet water purifiers and distillation systems.
What To Do Now.
Scour the internet and find out as much as possible about the best uv filters and distillers. Find out about prices, product certification and the reputation of the seller.
If you put in this initial legwork, you'd be way ahead of those who jumps and buys the first water filter they see.`