Raw water is the latest 2018 craze - and it's absolutely stupid


It's this recommendation for people to collect their own water, that could result in negative health consequences for people who are unaware of the dangers of drinking unfiltered water, according to Jamin Brahmbhatt, a physician at Orlando Health. "On top of that they're putting in fluoride".

The elites and rich of the world seem to keep finding ways to increase the limits of defining luxury and one of such benchmark is drinking "raw water".

Tap water free of chemicals? There are a few examples of people who got sick after drinking such water. "Tap water? You're drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them", founder Mukhande Singh told The New York Times.

"If you've got the luxury of a treated, piped water supply to your home available, it's not really a good idea to drink untreated water", he said.

As a company based in San Francisco, we find the onslaught of health hacks are often fueled more by mystique than action.

But tap water doesn't have that special something; "In the community of tap-water skeptics, many talk about water the way others might about fine wine". "Spring water and mountain stream water may look pure, but it can be contaminated with things like bacteria and viruses". Proponents of "raw water" are particularly concerned about tap water because fluoride is added (which has been shown to improve dental hygiene) and some tap water flows through lead pipes.

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Bottled water with promotional branding is common in the industry. "It makes up 70% of me so it must be important!" and "Nothing feeds the soul more than filling up water fresh from the womb of the earth ... untouched by hands but touched & blessed by the powers of the Mount Shasta's Mountains".

While it might be too early to reach a definite verdict as to the safety and health benefits of raw water over treated or filtered water, institutions like the World Health Organization (WHO) cite a list of diseases that could be induced by drinking untreated water.

Raw water has its skeptics. Furthermore, life threatening diseases like Hepatitis A and cholera could also spread by consuming untreated water.

As Business Insider reports, raw water is catching fire in California's tech hubs, selling for almost $30 per gallon. A puddle could be marketed as raw and you don't see many people getting on their knees every time they fancy a drink, do you?

Charles Haas, PhD, LD Betz Professor of Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, who is an expert in assessing the risk of contamination in water, suggests that drinking raw water to get off the water grid is a unsafe idea. "Now is that because I saw it come off the roof, and anything from the roof feels special?"