Drinking water in the U.S.
19.5 Million People in the U.S. get sick due to pathogens coming from drinking water.
150,000 Different active cells are found in one small sip. This can lead to a massive germ load in buildings.
8.6 Billion Gallons of bottled water are consumed annually by Americans.
22% Bottled water brands tested containe chemical contaminants at levels above strict state health limits.
Health hazards in drinking water
Many hazards can emerge from the tap water we come into contact with throughout our daily activities. Considering the large amount of water that we consume during our lifetime, even the smallest amounts of some substances can have a significant effect on our bodies.
Too much lime in the water changes its taste and makes tile, sink, and glass surfaces unsightly.
Average water consumption
Every person consumes approximatly 32 gallons of water each day
- 1 to 2 gallons/day: drinking and cooking
- 12 gallons/day: one daily shower
- 18 gallons/day: laundry, toilet flushing, dishwashing, etc.
If we take the average life expectancy of about 80 years, this means that the average person uses up to 40,000 gallons of water in the course of their lifetime.
Environmental laws are not strict enough
The pollution of our drinking water caused by environmental factors is increasing steadily. At the same time, we are learning more every day about how germs and other toxins in the water can cause critical illnesses and even changes in the human organism. Our environmental laws are not strict enough and our water treatment plants are adequately equipped.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes extremely stringent limits for potential pathogens in drinking water. Yet public water companies continue to deliver water that is temporarily contaminated to consumers due to the aging or lack of appropriate treatment facilities.
Studies show that in Germany in up to 50% of our smaller drinking water supplies regularly exceed the limits for fecal bacteria.
What substances do our policymakers monitor?
- heavy metals
Bacteria and other germs nevertheless still proliferate in the water as it makes it way from the treatment plant to the pipes in your home.
Which substances are not monitored?
- substances with hormone-like effects
- drug residues
Germs multiply in the water as it makes its way into your building
Most of the time, the readings taken at the water treatment plants are still within the permitted limits. But the germs can and do proliferate as they make their way to the pipes in your home. A biofilm consisting of bacteria and other microorganisms builds up in the pipes. The organisms create a lot slime to protect themselves and to enrich their supply of nutrients. This slime provides protection to other germs and legionella against any chemical disinfectants that are used and supplies them with enough nutrients for their numbers to multiple explosively.
This leads to a massive germ load in buildings. Therefore protecting against bacteria and germs is extremely important for your health and that of your family.
What can I do for clean and healthy water?
With Seccua Filtration you’re having clean drinking water out of every faucet in your home – at any time.
Possibilities to clean your own drinking water
You have to look after your drinking water quality by yourself – bacteria, germs and legionella multiply in the water as they make their way into your building. So these are the most common methods.
Chlorine and UV treatment
In addition to thermal disinfection and chemical disinfection with chlorine, ozone, or hydrogen peroxide, Germany makes particular use of UV irradiation to deactivate pathogens in its water supply. This is mostly ineffective, however, since the pathogens and germs are easily accessible for effective chlorine disinfection or UV radiation and are not protected by turbidity or other organic matter in the water.