One of the most important food components required to sustain life on Earth is water. Water can be found in different forms like lakes, rivers, glaciers, etc. which are an important source for plants and animals while the water which is fit for human consumption is only when it is purified.
An average adult human’s body contains about 60 to 70 percent water, where almost 73 percent of the brain is composed of water and other parts like the lungs are composed of about 83 percent of water. Out of the one percent of water which is fit for human consumption, only 0.3 percent is available in the form of fresh water readily available as surface water.
All that being said, is Chicago tap water fit for drinking directly? Well, some will say that the water coming in taps is well treated and should be fit for drinking but it actually is not true. Some might say that it doesn’t matter and tap water is good for cooking, but in most of the cases it's not. According to “tappwater.co/us,” even though Chicago Department of Water Management and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggest that Chicago tap water is safe for drinking, there have been multiple instances when lead, pesticides, and manufacturing residues have been found during tap water inspection.
Lead is one of the most toxic chemicals which can cause serious damages to human health. According to “cdc.gov,” no level of lead is fit for children’s consumption. Some harmful damages caused to children due to lead include damage to the brain and nervous system, speech problems, etc. While paint and soil are some of the most common sources of lead, water can be the easiest and most harmful source of lead exposure to children.
Recent studies confirmed that out of every five houses, at least one house has brain damaging levels of lead dissolved in tap water. While one fast and easy alternative to tap water is using bottled water, it brings along another issue of ingesting microplastics which are another harmful substance for consumption. Not only that, to meet huge demands of bottled water, most of it is not even treated thoroughly and it's mostly filtered tap water which is being sold in bottled packaging.
The best alternative is to use either tap water filter like “TAPP” or a cheaper but better option like water filter pitchers. Few known water filter pitcher manufacturers include “Zero Water,” “Brita,” “Pur,” etc. Though there are many manufacturers, not all provide same filtering options, and one needs to be very careful while selecting what’s the best water filtering option suitable for their requirements.