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Tap Water/Fluoride

  • By: Mohua Guha
  • In: Green Health: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Oladele Ogunseitan
  • Subject:Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Geography of Health

Drinking water should be free from disease germs and hazardous contaminants. In order to provide this, water is filtered, is cleaned, and has chemicals added to it. In the case of tap water, the water is first purified and then rendered fit for consumption by introducing minute quantities of chlorine and passing ammonia through it. This destroys harmful bacteria that may have slipped through the filters, such as the organisms of typhoid and paratyphoid fevers, cholera, dysentery, jaundice, and parasitical worms that breed in water. All these chemicals are filtered out before tap water reaches millions of homes, and experts are paid to taste it and ensure that it is palatable.

Good drinking water should contain minerals necessary for our bodies. Fluoride, for example, is one ...

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