At Aquatec we are often asked about the benefits of drinking pure water in your home. There are many things that we can list, such as limescale prevention and making energy savings in your home.
Plastics Contaminating Water
But one of the most important health benefits is having access to water that is not contaminated in any way. New research has shown that harmful compounds can even leach from plastics into the food and drinks that we consume. And public awareness is continuing to grow over concerns about compounds such as Bisphenol A (known as BPA) which is found in plastic bottles and food containers.
A report published in 2008 by the US National Toxicology Program concluded that BPA had concerning effects on the brain, behaviour and prostate gland development in foetuses, infants and children.
Worryingly BPA is so prevalent that during tests by the US Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, it was found it in 93% of urine samples from a group of more than two and a half thousand people.
One of the biggest concerns about BPA is that it can act as an environmental oestrogen, which has been shown to affect sexual development in fish and potentially be the cause of some cancers in humans.
But despite millions of pounds spent on thousands of research papers, there is still no conclusive evidence one way or the other and scientists are still arguing about whether BPA is harmful to humans.
Professor Richard Sharpe of the Medical Research Council’s Centre For Reproductive Health said: “Replicability is the guardian of scientific integrity. But some of the most critical experiments to test the safety BPA simply could not be repeated.
“The trouble is that some people have been convinced that BPA is the devil’s poison and responsible for all kinds of ills. When anyone says their research does not concur, they are accused of being in the pay of the plastics industry or of using the wrong kind of mice in their experiments.”
While the medical debate rages on, if you want to protect yourself and your family from the potentially harmful effects of the plastic packaging of water, contact Aquatec today. We can carry out a free water test in your home to check for harmful contaminants. We can then fit a home water purification system if necessary.by