Most holistic/functional medicine doctors agree that using a water filter to remove contaminants from your drinking water is one of the best (and simplest) ways to protect your family from the many toxins that pollute our drinking water.

In this article, you’ll learn the top contaminants found in our drinking water.

Top Contaminants Found in Drinking Water

There are more than 300 contaminants that exist in our water systems. Some are somewhat harmless, and others will slowly chip away at your health until you are six feet under.

The most common tap water contaminants include:

      • Arsenic
      • Cadmium
      • Chromium 6
      • Chlorine
      • Chloramines
      • Trihalomethanes
      • Nitrates
      • Fluoride
      • Heavy metals (lead, copper, arsenic, mercury)
      • Microplastics
      • Bacteria
      • Viruses
      • Mercury
      • Volatile organic compounds (VOC)
      • Pharmaceutical drugs
      • Herbicides Pesticides
      • Parasites and cysts
      • Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE)

Our local water treatment plans are responsible for treating significant health risks like waterborne bacterial illness, but the long term health risks associated with chronic exposure to these contaminants are something we need to take ownership of ourselves.​​

Health Risks of Top Contaminants Found in Drinking Water

Bugs, bacteria and viruses have been known to cause diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, nausea, headaches, fever, fatigue and in rare cases, even death.​​

Chlorine risks include destroying your gut and skin bacteria, increased risk or worsening conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, congenital disabilities or congenital malformations, bladder or rectal cancer, and increased asthma and allergies. If you are showering in chlorine, expect drier hair and skin, and for some people - trouble breathing when showering in hot water.

Fluoride risks include dental and skeletal fluorosis, arthritis, gastro, bone fractures, hypersensitivity, brain issues, kidney disease, cancer, fertility issues, cardiovascular disease, an endocrine disorder, and acute toxicity.

Herbicides and Pesticide health risks include damage to the central nervous system, irritation to the eyes, skin and airways, cancer, and disruption of the hormone and endocrine systems (hormones).

VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, loss of coordination and nausea. In addition, long term exposure to VOCs can lead to liver, kidney and central nervous system damage.

Heavy metals can cause acute and chronic toxicity, liver, kidney and intestinal damage, anemia, and cancer.

Contaminants Removed By The Filteroo Steel and Filteroo Blue

The following contaminants are treated by the Filteroo collection:

      • bugs,
      • bacteria,
      • viruses,
      • chlorine,
      • chlorine by-products,
      • fluoride
      • herbicides,
      • Pesticides
      • VOCs
      • heavy metals.

The Filteroo Steel comes with a complimentary solid stainless steel stand, stainless steel jug, stainless steel tap, pH elevation mineral pad, shower filter, and a stainless steel water bottle.

We created a Filteroo Steel Vs Berkey comparison, and the Filteroo really is a powerhouse in performance.

The Filteroo Blue is a powerful benchtop gravity water filter made from the best BPA free plastic available and features a massive 20L holding tank that is guaranteed never to overflow. It’s also one of the most durable Benchtop Water Filters in the world.

Feel free to check out the Filteroo collection and contact us if you have any questions.