I’ve been drinking tank water (and cooking with it), since we put in our tank 14 years ago, although we do have town water on tap also. The tap water gets used for washing, because the tank isn’t plumbed to the house and there’s not enough of it to do everything.
The main reason for doing so is that fluoride is now added to our water supply. I did some research at the time, decided that it was a poison and that I didn’t want to put it into my body any more than was necessary (remembering though, the well-known saying that the ‘poison is the dose’).
I did some more research some time ago, because someone commented in a letter to the daily paper about a TV program on fluoridation, complaining that it was all up-market, feel-good stuff and the downsides weren’t mentioned. The writer said it accumulates in the body and that made me sit up and take notice. I hadn’t remembered that.
The jury still seems to be out on the benefits/problems with fluoride. Dentists are way in favour of it, my own included, but there are still many people who are against it. Not all countries fluoridate their water supplies. Here’s the Wikipedia entry on water fluoridation in Australia.
Getting back to that comment that ‘the poison is the dose’, makes me wonder:
- what about people who drink a lot more water than others?
- what about children and babies? They’d be getting a lot more fluoride relative to body weight than adults. Has that been considered?
- what about elderly people, probably already coping with numerous co-morbidities. What’s the effect on them?
- how rigorous is the quality control of the addition process? (In Ipswich, Queensland, 12 months ago, a double dose of fluoride was accidently added to the city’s water supply).
- if its only benefit is for dental health, what about people who no longer have their own teeth?
Another reason for walking away from town water supplies is that I just don’t agree that the government—any government—has the right to decide what I put into my body. That should be my choice and my choice alone. It’s one of the reasons why I want to produce as much of my own food as possible and why I’m such an avid reader of supermarket labels on the food I do have to buy.
I’m not going to put links here to pro/anti fluoride websites (and there are plenty); I think it’s better if you do your own research and make up your own minds. Let me know what you think in the comments box.
It concerns me, that for something as vital as water, we don’t have a choice.