Tony Marchesini Important for South Africans to have access to purified water January 9, 2017 Why it’s never been more important that we’re SA’s no.1 water purification company It’s never been more important for South Africans to have access to purified water. Our dams are drying up, many of our provinces are facing water shedding and level 3 water restrictions are becoming the norm. But many people don’t realise that a water shortage compromises the quality of the water. They just believe a shortage means there is less to go around. Unfortunately, this is not the case, as the water becomes scarcer, the more polluted it becomes and the more it needs to be treated which escalates the chemicals you consume. South Africa uses 98% of its water supply, which means there is not a lot for us to play with in times of shortage. A recent Rand Daily Mail report highlights the drinking water crisis we all face and states the following facts: We are facing a drinking-water crisis in which about 10% of municipal (piped-water) has failed and another 38% is approaching collapse Every water resource — groundwater, streams and reservoirs — is heavily polluted. One official estimate is that a mere 5% of hazardous waste is disposed of properly. The rest finds its way into the water system, the worst of which is produced by acid mine drainage, farming and the collapse of municipal sewage and water treatment plants throughout the country Another official estimate says leaks in the (piped water) system account for about 37% of so-called wasted water, that is water that has already been treated for human consumption at a huge cost Anthony Turton – an environmental risk analyst and water expert – sounded the alarm in November 2015, saying that, “South Africa has polluted its national water resource to such an extent that it now faces a crisis of induced scarcity, which could have been avoided.” The reason being, he said, is that municipalities are discharging around 4 billion litres of untreated or partially treated sewage into the country’s rivers and dams, each day. The poor waste-water treatment is, in turn, driving the ‘eutrophication’ of all major dams, meaning the presence of high levels of nutrients. This promotes the growth of blue-green algae, of which a very common species (microcystis aeruginosacyanobacteria) releases a toxin that is chemically similar to cobra venom, such that it is carcinogenic, liver-damaging, and impairs the central nervous system. A cobra venom bite in every sip of water A 2015 CSIR study and many others have shown that at least two-thirds of South Africa’s 50 largest dams are already eutrophic and some have the highest levels of this cobra venom-like toxin ever measured in the world! This toxin is not removed by the municipal water treatment facilities, it ends up in your water – unless you are purifying it correctly. H2O International purifiers are the only purifiers on the market to remove ALL the contaminants and chemicals from your water. We 100% guarantee the purity of every drop To ensure your family is not exposed to this toxin or the other heavy chemicals being used to clean our water, use an H2O International SA purifier and enjoy peace-of-mind, knowing you are protecting their health with great-tasting, purified water. It’s what’s inside that counts.