You've probably heard that it's a good idea to drink a lot of water, and that's true. What you won't hear doctors recommending is that their patients drink lots of (or any) "raw water," because it's straight up dangerous. But that hasn't stopped proponents of the raw water movement gaining momentum on the West coast, according to a recent trend piece in the New York Times. Because who doesn't want a whole lot of bacteria in their water, right?
Okay, but no. Raw water is water that's untreated and unsterilized; think rainwater, ponds, and lakes. But just because it's naturally occurring and totally unfiltered doesn't mean it's free. Per the Times, raw water sold by a company called Live Water costs $36.99 for two and a half gallons, and $14.99 for refills.
The founder of Live Water, Mukhande Singh, thinks public water is a problem; he told the Times that he thinks it's been poisoned:
Tap water? You’re drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them.
Chloramine, and on top of that they’re putting in fluoride.
Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it’s a mind-control drug that has no benefit to our dental health.
However, Dr. Hensrud, the director of the Healthy Living Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn told the Times that water treatment is necessary: “Without water treatment, there’s acute and then chronic risks,” such as E. coli bacteria, viruses, parasites and carcinogenic compounds that may be in untreated water. "There’s evidence all over the world of this," he continued, "and the reason we don’t have those conditions is because of our very efficient water treatment.”
And most of Twitter seems to agree.
Think before you drink, people.