Quick Take: Drinking 'raw water' is more risk than reward

Alicia Farmer
January 13, 2018

According to the Business Insider, unfiltered, untreated spring water might contain animal feces which could lead to the spread of giardia.

Doug Evans, an entrepreneur whose original startup Juicero shut down in September, got an idea after going on a 10-day cleanse drinking only "raw" water at Burning Man. We must still be a few turns short, because according to an article published in the New York Times last week, raw water is making a killing (hopefully not literally). "Tap water? You're drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them", NYT quotes Singh.

Singh's argument behind selling "raw water" is that the treatment of water makes it "dead".

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Marler says that because filtered water is the norm, people may not realize how unsafe untreated water can be.

Another cause of worry is that spring water comes in contact with various chemicals while it passes through soil and rocks which can be even poisonous so the impact can be extreme. Studies have shown regular bottled water is no safer, but does generate huge mounds of wasteful byproducts like plastic and carbon dioxide. The blue-green algae called cyanobacteria can cause severe allergic reactions when someone bathes in the contaminated water or drinks it, with different types of the bacteria causing different symptoms.

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We filter and treat drinking water because it's risky not to. "We celebrate this ancient life source that humanity flourished from, since the beginning of our existence", the Live Water website says.

Is drinking "raw water" a great way to get beneficial minerals and microbes removed by filtration-or do people who pay $15 a gallon for untreated water have more money than sense?

Water - where it comes from, how its treated and what it's bottled in - has always been the subject of heated debates. For the first time, it was proven that disease was carried by water, and it became one of the main functions of good government to provide safe water to citizens. Drinking water that has been pulled straight from the Earth brings many potential illnesses, not the least of which are typhoid and cholera. Raw water may contain carcinogenic elements that have made their way into the water source, high levels of arsenic, and more.

The minerals available in raw water are available in a healthy diet.

The cleanliness of the water, they say, depends on things you can't see - whether herds of elk or moose or caribou have relieved themselves in a stream that you're drinking from and left it full of parasites.

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