‘Raw Water’? I’ve heard of ‘Raw Sewage’.. but ‘Raw Water’?

Wow, it had to happen. Doesn’t everything we believed couldn’t happen always eventually happen?

People who believe they can live on breath alone? People who believe staring into the sun is good for you, people who refuse anything anyone else has handled for fear of some sort of contamination, people who won’t eat anything unless it is packaged…

The new trend for untreated, unfiltered spring water is becoming more popular. Now it’s people who have decided that 200 years of science on the benefit of clean water is bunkum. Ah well…

A new “raw water” trend has been gathering speed throughout the West Coast of USA (Where else? Doesn’t all loppy things start there?) and in other small pockets throughout the country. New businesses have begun selling untreated, unfiltered spring water at exorbitant prices. They argue that the treatment process of tap water removes beneficial probiotics and bacteria.

According to the New York Times, one company, Live Water sells 2.5 gallons of untreated spring water for $36.99 each and $14.99 a refill. Live Water operates out of Oregon, but it’s not alone; there’s Tourmaline Spring in Maine, and Zero Mass Water in Arizona which installs systems to collect water directly from the atmosphere.

The raw water movement is gaining popularity with people who distrust the water treatment process, fluoride and the pipe system their water flows through. The founder of Live Water, Mukhande Singh, argues that water filtration results in dead water.

Singh said, “Tap water? You’re drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them. Chloramine, and on top of that they’re putting in fluoride. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it’s a mind-control drug that has no benefit to our dental health.”

Well, Mr. Singh. I do agree with your assessment of municipal water. I just vehemently disagree with your answer. Allowing unknown bacteria to enter your body because it’s ‘raw’ simply makes no sense to me when compared with cleaning up existing water, getting rid of the unwelcome guests of fluoride, chlorine, chloramines, heavy metals. arsenic. drug residues and much more. And.. how can Mr Singh guarantee that these are not already in his ‘raw’ water? The idea that water from a spring is free of contaminants is so far from the truth that it seems he is either really dumb or really ambitious about his new product. We’ve been researching water for nigh on 18 years, and we’ve seen firsthand the results of people drinking ‘raw’ water. That’s our primary reason for investing years in developing high-performance low-cost water systems like our UltraStream. 

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