Top home water myths busted!
Water is one everyday essential that we simply couldn’t be without. We wash with it, drink it, brush our teeth with it, and swim in it – to name just a few daily uses. But this everyday reliance on H2O has led to many myths.
As a leading provider of water softeners, drinking water filters and hot water taps, our work with water has seen use encounter so many of these myths.
Whether you’re worried about water quality, want to reap the rewards of better tasting, purer water or both, busting these home water myths is a must. Here we debunk the most common home water myths out there right now.
Myth: You can’t drink hot tap water
Recent studies have shown just how beneficial drinking warm water is for your health and wellbeing. Swapping cold water for warm has been proven to improve digestion, ease cold and flu symptoms, reduce aches and pains, and aid weight management. Where you get your warm water drink from however is something that has been heavily debated for some time.
Many people don’t drink hot tap water due to the most common home water myth. But as hot water systems have evolved so too has our ability to drink from the hot water tap.
Historically, tanks were used in homes to provide a good source of hot water. Hot water was heated and stored in these tanks making it unsuitable for drinking or cooking due to its lack of freshness.
However, hot water tanks are rarely used these days with the combination or combi boiler providing hot water on demand straight from the mains. With this, hot tap water was made safe to drink; in fact, it’s just as fresh as cold tap water.
Hot tap water will however never reach the same boiling temperature as the water from your kettle, so certainly won’t help you make that perfect cup of tea or coffee.
Myth: You should never drink from the bathroom taps
The same evolution of hot water systems means your bathroom taps also provide a safe source of drinking water. Exposure to lead is however a concern when drinking from the taps, particularly if you live in an older property that is more likely to be fitted with lead piping.
Here Glasgow Live explains more about the lead problem and how your property type could make your bathroom tap water less of a danger:
“Lead dissolving into drinking water is dangerous – especially for babies and children, whose development can be affected. Water from the mains hasn’t had the time to absorb lead from pipes yet, but it’s a different story in the bathroom.
Modern properties are usually fitted with copper or plastic pipes as the use of lead water service pipes was phased out in the UK by 1970, meaning you’re probably safe to take a drink from a bathroom tap under those circumstances.”
Scottish Water and Watersafe recently teamed up to share the importance of replacing lead pipe supplies with copper or plastic fittings. It is however important to note that the same lead pipe supplies will affect the drinking water quality of your kitchen taps, not just your bathroom taps, if you have a combi boiler system. With this in mind, bathroom tap water is deemed just as safe as kitchen tap water.
Myth: Filtered water is too expensive
The question of what’s in your water has been a topic we’ve covered time and time again across our blogroll. These days, water quality matters, but unbeknown to most, you can enjoy the best quality water around at home.
Using drinking water filters isn’t costly or difficult. Filtered water can be enjoyed for as little as 3p per litre, making it much more affordable and environmentally friendly than the bottled alternative.
Filtered water is also tastier and better for your health, with water able to be drunk in its purest form due to the removal of impurities and odours.