What does a WAPI do for your water?
WAPIs are small (pocket size), durable, re-usable and is perfect for hiking and camping in remote regions. They are a valuable addition to your emergency preparedness kit if and when a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, could contaminate your local water supply. And, don’t forget to bring a WAPI when you travel overseas in countries with poor water conditions.
Although I like the idea of the WAPI and promote it, I had never used it in my own home until now. Getting out the two large pots, I filled one with ordinary tap water and the other with my filtered tap water system installed under the sink. I always drink or cook with water that comes from my filtered system. The first pot I used the WAPI with ordinary tap water. I was extremely surprised to find it tasted nasty. I know I never use it unless i am watering plants or washing my clothes. However I believe, the reason for the nasty taste of the tap water is because I have very old water pipes. The WAPI doesn’t eliminate chemicals, only the microorganisms that live in the water are killed. This allows us disease-free water to drink. We live in the United States and think that we have good water. But do we?
The second pot was filled with my filtered tap water. I filled a pot with 2 quarts of water and put it on the quick burner. Within 10 minutes the WAPI’s wax had dropped to the bottom. I thought it would take much longer and I was amazed at the ease and quickness of the process. What a difference! The water tasted fresh and smooth with no after taste
Now, I want to investigate why my kitchen tap water taste so bad? Our apartment building is 50 or more-years-old and probably was built with lead pipes and I think it is the lead that I taste. Vancouver, Washington, where I live, has fluoride as well as chlorine in the water. I believe fluoride is bad for the body and wish we didn’t have it in our city water, but it shouldn't have a taste.
To check if there are bacteria, microbes, worms and other living organisms that can kill humans, you need the use of a petrifilm to analyze the water for microorganisms. The next article will tell you how to use one.