The water quality in Poland is not the highest quality but it is deemed safe to drink in most areas. Many people living in the country in Poland do not have access to clean water and for the most part there are still high levels of chemicals in the water supply across the board. The general sentiment amongst polish people is that the tap water tastes foul, is harmful to your health, and is full of chemicals. The research does confirm at least part of what the residents have feared regarding the chemicals in the water. In a study published in the Polish Journal of Environmental Studies in 2005 “Among the most toxic compounds, 2,4,5-trichlorophenol which is toxic to humans, including carcinogenic and causes reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, and acute toxicity were all found in the drinking water of Warszawa (summer and winter) and Ludz (winter) and tetrachlorophenol was found in water of Wroclaw”. They also went on to state that the concentrations were above the admissible standards of the EU and the US EPA; some were in fact significantly higher.
The substandard quality of water in Poland is not something new and Poland isn’t the only country having issues with their water quality. The UN did a series of tests during a study conducted between 1992 and 1995. This study revealed that the levels of chloride, ammonia, iron, mercury and sodium all exceeded what is generally considered safe to drink. This highlights the need for using a good water filtration method such as a reverse osmosis system that will be able to purify the water for the polish people. Installing a reverse osmosis system in your household will clean out all of the harmful levels of these minerals and chemicals and will result in the purest form of water that is attainable.
Similar to other european countries that have problems with their water supply, Polish people have largely gone the way of buying bottled water to have safe drinking water. The problems with bottled water is that it is costly both to your wallet as well as the environment. Most of the bottled water that is derived from Poland is pumped out of the ground from the well towns across the countryside and trucked into the metropolitan areas for bottling and further distribution. The associated costs are then passed on to the consumer making water more expensive than gas in most areas of Poland. These methods of extracting the water and trucking it across the country are extremely harmful for the environment not only from the waste that is created through the non-recycled plastic bottles, but also the sapping of the groundwater in these areas.
In south Poland they have gone so far as to consider building a pipeline to ship in water from the Czech Republic. Whether this water is actually any different from the water that they are getting from their city’s water treatment plant is debatable, but the perception that Polish water isnâ€™t clean doesnâ€™t inspire confidence. It is far more beneficial to ensure that you can control the quality of water that you consume yourself by installing a reverse osmosis system in your home.
A reverse osmosis membrane will be able to filter out all of the toxic chemicals and minerals from the drinking water for great tasting pure water. There are reverse osmosis systems that you can buy that remove contaminants from the water installed just on one faucet or you can treat all of the water in the residence if that is desired. Leaving the safety and quality of your drinking water up to the government officials, whether in Poland or anywhere else in the world, is taking an unnecessary risk. For the purest water available inquire about a reverse osmosis system today and if you have a ro system already and need filters, membranes or other ro parts, ask us for reverse osmosis product lists; our prices are some of the lowest in the industry.
Reference: Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, 2005 (Vol. 14) (No. 3) 327-333