Is your drinking water safe from microplastic?

Water, the driving force of all nature, is getting contaminated by the day. The role of water purification was to remove bacteria and viruses from drinking water. But over the years, water contamination from various sources, like sewage, chemical waste, heavy metals, etc has made the water unfit for consumption. In certain areas, the water is polluted by Lead and arsenic making it toxic to health. What’s worse, new age contaminants like Lead, Iron or Arsenic cannot be removed from the water by boiling. Hence’ the need for advanced water purifiers which are equipped with purification technologies like Reverse Osmosis (RO) or UV for water purification needs.

Recently, a survey found the presence of microplastic in the tap water of countries across the world. What’s alarming is that India has ranked third in the list of contamination rate.

Let’s help you understand the problem of microplastics and its impact on health, and possible solutions for the same.

What is Microplastic?

Microplastics are small plastic particles present in the environment. They are present in many sources, including carry bags and pet bottles. While there is some contention over their size, the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration distinguishes them as less than 5mm (5000 micron) in diameter. Based on GESAMP 2015, there are four types of plastic found in the environment. They are:

  1. Macroplastics
  2. Mesoplastics
  3. Microplastics
  4. Nanoplastics

They are present in different parts of the environment in different sizes, which may or may not be seen with the naked eye.

How does microplastic find its way to drinking water?

We are aware of the fact that the global environment is highly affected due to the presence of plastic in the ecosystem. Everyday, millions of plastic fibres are shed through different sources. As 60% of our fabrics are made of polyester, a type of plastic that is obtained from fossil fuel, simple activities like abrasion of clothes, upholstery, carpets or any other fibrous fabrics add to the junk of microplastics in the environment. Apart from this, another type of plastic called as Styrene Butadiene is released from the tyres of the vehicles. This plastic finds its way into sewers and other water bodies. A recent study also found that every cycle of a washing machine releases 700,000 fibres into the environment. All of this results in an unfortunate meeting of the sources of water bodies and microplastic fibres. They make their way through the complex pipe system and into our homes through taps or drinking water.

How does microplastic affect the human body?

Due to its small size, it is capable of travelling through intestinal walls, lymph nodes and other vital organs. They also absorb toxic chemicals that are linked to fatal diseases such as cancer. Due to its large presence in the ocean, researchers also suspect that people consume these microplastic particles through seafood. If these particles are inhaled or ingested, they may cause localised toxicity in your body.

What is the solution?

The primary solution for this world-wide issue is to take an active role in proper waste management. That being said, it is also true that this process is a long battle that will definitely require a lot of years. However, you can take the first step to ensure your drinking water is free from microplastics at home. You can start by making a conscious decision to avoid the purchase of plastic bottles, carry bags, and straws.

How can you eliminate microplastics from your drinking water?

One of the ways to eliminate the presence of microplastic fibres from your drinking water is by investing in a water purifier that is equipped with an advanced purification technology. An average microplastic size ranges from 0.1 cm to 1 μm and advanced technologies like pre-filter porosity, Ultra-Filter membranes and RO membranes can readily filter out these microns and provide you with healthy and safe drinking water. Dr. Aquaguard water purifiers are equipped with Microfiltration, Ultra Filtration & Reverse Osmosis purification technology that is capable of filtering microplastic that range from 0.1 cm (1000 μm) to 1 μm.

The presence of plastic is a global concern and, in the years to come, we hope that solutions can be found to combat it. However, you can take the first step towards safeguarding you and your family from the adverse effects of microplastics by bringing home an advanced water purifier. Dr. Aquaguard Magna HD RO + UV eliminates excess TDS, blocks dissolved impurities and chemical contaminants, while retaining essential minerals in the drinking water, giving you healthy and pure drinking water. Book a demo today.

Eliminate Lead – The silent killer in your drinking water

Water is life and clean water means health.

The world is moving at a fast pace, developing countries all around the globe are trying to match up to this pace by all means necessary. Every new innovation is refining our livelihood with each passing day. However, amidst all the developments and technological advancements, basic necessities like sanitation, hygiene, and clean drinking water are still a grave issue in many countries.

As per a study by UNICEF India, 67% of Indian households do not treat their drinking water, even though it could be chemically or bacterially contaminated. Amongst all the contaminants, Lead is one of the most prominent and hazardous pollutants in drinking water.

Lead, a pervasive environmental contaminant, enters your drinking water due to the corrosion of household plumbing system like pipes, solders, and fittings that contain Lead. PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) pipes that are most commonly used in your home also contain Lead components that may leach into the drinking water. World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified Lead as one of the ten major chemicals of public health concern.

Here are some basic facts on Lead and its harmful effects that you need to know of:

  1. Lead is a cumulative toxicant that can affect multiple body systems in the human body. It can cause damage to the brain, kidney, liver and bones.
  2. Children are even more vulnerable to complications caused by Lead exposure. Lead can cause lasting problems with growth and development in children. It can affect their hearing, learning ability, behaviour and even slow down the child’s growth.
  3. In adults, Lead poisoning can damage the brain and nervous system, the stomach and even the kidneys. It can also cause high blood pressure and other health problems.
  4. Children and adults alike can experience memory loss, trouble thinking clearly, weakness and muscle problems.

The effects of Lead on the human body can be life-threatening. But you can begin to take following precautionary measures to safeguard you and your loved ones from its harmful effects.The effects of Lead on the human body can be life-threatening. But you can begin to take following precautionary measures to safeguard you and your loved ones from its harmful effects.

  1. Old pipelines and plumbing systems in our homes and buildings can cause Lead contamination in your drinking water. Hence cleaning your taps and faucets frequently is suggested.
  2. Before directly consuming, let some water run thoroughly so that any contaminants accumulated in pipes will flush out.
  3. Do consider using an advanced water purifier with reverse osmosis technology that will help you filter your water thoroughly. Traditional purification techniques cannot remove chemicals and new age contaminants from water. Hence, the need for RO purifying technology. RO technology effectively removes excess TDS (Total Dissolved Salts), new age contaminants, etc. from your drinking water and makes it safe for drinking.

No matter how forward the world is, if the most basic commodity that you are consuming is contaminated then the world will have no good future. Considering all the health hazards caused by Lead, getting rid of it from drinking water is the need of this hour. Hence, take all the precautionary measures to eliminate Lead from your water.

Buy Dr. Aquaguard Magna NXT HD RO+UV with best-in-class technology to safeguard the health of your loved ones or you can get a free home demo and see how it works.

This World Hepatitis Day, stay safe and stay healthy!

In the years gone by, Hepatitis Virus has become a serious concern. Viral Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused due to a virus, toxic substances or other infections, and it is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year.

According to WHO, India is one of the 11 countries which carry almost 50% of the global burden of chronic hepatitis. India has intermediate level of endemicity of hepatitis, with 2-3% of its population affected by the disease. Year by year, this number will keep rising, if left unchecked. So this World Hepatitis Day, let’s know more about this disease and take necessary precautions to prevent it.

Hepatitis is classified into five different categories, based on the viruses, namely – A, B, C, D, and E.

Hepatitis A & E

Caused by Hepatitis A (HAV) virus and Hepatitis E (HEV) viruses respectively, this spreads through the consumption of contaminated food and water.

Hepatitis B & C

Hepatitis B is caused by the HBV virus and is transmitted through infected blood or body fluids.

Hepatitis D

Hepatitis D (HDV) infections occur only in those people who are infected with HBV. The combination of both these viruses is extremely dangerous and has the worst outcomes.

As Hepatitis A & E are contagious viruses, this infection spreads easily in the monsoon season.The most serious complication of HPV is liver failure which may result into death. People suffering from Hepatitis A & E require treatment in a hospital and sometimes it results in dehydration and bleeding.

The symptoms for this disease does not occur until you are affected by the virus for a few weeks. The major symptoms of Hepatitis A is as follows: (Can be in a creative)

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever
  • Joint pain
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (Jaundice)

How to protect yourself from Hepatitis A?

  • Vaccination is the best way to prevent Hepatitis A.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before eating food and after using the restroom.
  • Drink only purified or boiled water
  • Avoid roadside eateries

Hepatitis A is spread by the consumption of contaminated water. This health risk can be avoided by drinking pure, safe and healthy water with Dr. Aquaguard water purifiers. Bring home a water purifier, and protect your loved ones from the threat of Hepatitis. Book a home demo.