Have you ever been ill after you have consumed food or drink and wondered what the cause was? Most likely you will conclude that there was something wrong with your dinner or lunch, but have you ever considered your water?
Despite UK water being treated, bacteria can still invade the mains system. One type, Cryptosporidium, is particularly unpleasant. The parasite causes cryptosporidiosis, a gastrointestinal illness that causes symptoms including diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting, dehydration and fever.
This very unpleasant bug is carried in water and many sufferers are affected after drinking unfiltered water. Other causes can be through recreational swimming, bathing in contaminated water or being exposed to poor sanitation. Cryptosporidium loves unhealthy, watery environments which provide breeding grounds for nasty parasites to thrive and they are also very resistant to chlorine.
The parasite can affect any person but some groups can develop serious illnesses as a result. For example, people with weakened immune systems or anyone taking immunosuppressive drugs are at higher risk. However, whatever your medical condition, cryptosporidium is to be avoided at all costs as an attack is a very unpleasant experience, and in particular circumstances, can be life-threatening.
Prevention is always better than cure
In August 2015, more than 300,000 households in Lancashire were told to boil drinking water to avoid being contaminated with cryptosporidium. Filtering your water is becoming increasingly important as it is one simple method to remove impurities from your drinking water. This is an effective operation and can be simply achieved by fitting a high quality tap with a built-in filter system. These are easily installed by any qualified plumber.
Triflow Original Systems have pioneered this break-through technology with a range of stylish filter taps to fit any kitchen or work environment. Triflow Concepts were the first company to design a tap filtration system that delivers hot, cold and filtered water within a single spout.
The filters that remove cryptosporidium will have a pore size of 1 micron or less. Triflow’s filters, exclusively manufactured by award-winning Katadyn, have a pore size of 0.2 microns, therefore filter out bacteria and parasites such as cryptosporidium. The unique system enables beneficial minerals like magnesium, calcium and fluoride to remain present in the water. The system guarantees no cross-contamination as there is a dedicated waterway within the spout.
Stay healthy, help the environment
Tap filter users will not only benefit from having healthy, clear, drinking water but they will be saving money and reducing their carbon footprint too. Filtered water costs only 3p per litre compared to purchasing bottled water products, where the majority of the cost is due to the plastic used. Cutting out bottled water will also help reduce the 1.5 million ton plastic waste mountain that is generated by the global bottled water industry every year.