Let’s Talk Water Filtration…

Ella Hennessey

May 12, 2022 *7 min

  • There are many reasons why one may filter their tap water, and I will be briefly touching on some reasons why here. I started filtering my tap water about two years ago after I fell down the rabbit hole of research and began to understand that filtering the water would help to remove toxins from my body. I decided: why would I wait until a diagnosis to remove toxins from the water I consume on a daily basis? In short, this is a summary of why I filter my tap water and what you can do for yourself and your family.

First of all: are we drinking drugs? 



An investigation by the Associated Press showed that city water tests positive for pharmaceutical drugs.


A study in Environmental Science and Technology screened drinking water for more than 28 million people. Here is what they studied and found: source water, finished drinking water, and tap water were analyzed.

The top 15 compounds were:
According to the EWG, here where we live these were the contaminants above health guidelines:
  • Arsenic
  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Chloroform
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA9)
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrate & nitrite
  • Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
  • Radium, combined (-226 & -228)
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid
  • Uranium, combined (pCi/L)

these were the 14 other contaminants discovered 
  •  1,4-Dioxane
  • 4-Androstene-3,17-dione
  • Aluminum
  • Barium
  • Chlorate
  • Chromium (total)
  • Fluoride
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHXS)
  • Selenium
  • Strontium
  • Testosterone
  • Vanadium

 But how are these drugs and chemicals getting into the water?

Some people flush their meds down the toilet. Also after taking meds, some of them end up in feces or urine and in the toilet water. Some water is recycled sewage water that is then treated to cleanse it, but clearly, some particles remain. The question is: do you think this is concerning enough to do something about it?

You get to decide. The reported levels are “low”, but they continue to be a concern. According to Sarah Jensen MD, PhD, MPH with the Natural Resources Defense Council: “Ever since the late 90s, the science community has recognized that pharmaceuticals, especially oral contraceptives, are found in sewage water and potentially contaminate drinking water.” So what are the potential effects?


 One can imagine, that it’s not ideal to be drinking any chemicals, even if low (and seemingly unknown). It can affect humans and of course wildlife. Concern in the scientific community increased when fish in the Potomac River and elsewhere were found to have both male + female characteristics when exposed to estrogen-like substances (some had both testes and an ovary). The males were even producing eggs. If drugs in waterways impact fish, we could imagine they impact us as well. Especially considering the powerful effect of hormones + other drugs. Those at higher risk would be babies, toddlers, and kids since they are more susceptible to environmental exposure.

 Hydration is a key factor in the quality of our health & longevity. The quality of the water we drink and absorb on a day-to-day basis makes a significant impact on our body’s overall health. 

Depending on the area you reside there are known facts about the quality of the water.
It shows that our tap water (where I live) has contaminants ranging from 3.8 to 701 x the safe dose of these. Yikes! This will vary wherever you live – so you can check out your location. If you are on the EWG website, you can click on the various compounds and read the details and dangers of each.



Head on over to the EWG Tap Water Database. After you enter your zip code, you will click the orange button that says “VIEW UTILITY”. This will then take you to your area’s tap water assessment. The EWG also provides details on each contaminant that you can click on and read about.




There are a variety of options out there. Feel free to research – I always empower people to do their own research! After researching, I have landed on Crystal Quest as my top and have loved the products they offer and feel confident that my water is safe. It started with the filters for my bath + showers. I do not feel like taking an Epsom salt bath in a tub full of arsenic… ;). Other brands I recommend for water filtration are located on my product recommendation page.

Crystal Quest Product Options:

Crystal Quest Bath Ball and Shower Filter 

Crystal Quest Drinking Water Countertop Fluoride + SMART

Fluoride Removal + SMART Refrigerator / In-line Water Filter System

Crystal Quest Drinking Water Countertop Arsenic removal + SMART

Reverse Osmosis CounterTop

Under sink Crystal Quest Reverse Osmosis and additional Cartridges



Last but not least: I do not share this with you to instill fear, but rather to empower you to influence your own health in a holistic manner! Drinking water is a large part of health, and I think it’s amazing that 

1. We have water here free of bacteria and parasites, and 

2. You can filter out the other junk and carcinogens from your water! I love the peace of mind knowing I am doing what I can for myself and my family, and that I can feel empowered knowing this information and make an educated choice. I hope this inspires you to do the same.

Stay well, my friends! And please feel free to ask me any questions you might have about anything that may have come up!

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