'Raw water' trend has people paying for the privilege of drinking untreated springwater

WCPOPublished: January 13, 2018
Published: January 13, 2018

Have you ever taken a moment to consider the countless scientific advancements that make modern life longer, healthier and safer than life 100 years ago and just sort of gone, "Nah, I'm good"? If so, "raw water" might be the beverage trend for you. Proponents of the raw water movement, which advocates the consumption of untreated, unfiltered spring water instead of fluoridated, filtered tap water, apply the same logic to H2O that other groups have applied to things like meat and produce: If it's been treated with any chemicals at all, it must be bad. If it hasn't, it must be good. This has gone poorly for clean-eating advocates who consume produce tainted with diseases such as E. coli, and experts stress it's likely to go just as sideways for anyone who decides it's a good idea to pay $36.99 for the privilege of consuming water that could contain the all-natural taste of parasites, bacteria, animal waste and -- surprise! -- pesticides.  Public water treatment isn't just about putting fluoride, which Live Water startup founder Mukande Singh described as "a mind-control drug" and qualified experts at the CDC described as one of the top 10 public health achievements of the last century, in. It's also about taking harmful substances, both natural and synthetic, out.

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