Do We Need to Filter Our Drinking Water?

They say you don’t miss something until you don’t have it anymore. Too many of us living in the developed world have no idea what it’s like not to have clean drinking water. 

You have probably never even thought about water purification using carbon filters before. It’s not something that shows up too often in first-world consciousness. 

Or at least it didn’t before. But as the world becomes more and more polluted, everyone will need to start using a water filtration system. This will help remove heavy metals and other impurities from the water supply. 

Keep reading to find out why you need to filter your water to ensure your drinking water quality is up to par.


Too many people are walking around in a constant state of dehydration as the consumption of dehydrating beverages like coffee, tea, and alcohol keeps rising. If you wish to increase the amount of water you consume in a day, then making sure that your water tastes good is the first step.

Your nose and tongue won’t like drinking tap water too much if it tastes like or smells like chlorine, or some other chemical. Yes, you could add different flavours to your drinking water. But that could deter you from drinking more water because it’s just too much work.

Make it easy for yourself to drink water by using water filtration system to make your drinking water clean and fresh to the taste.


When South Africans don’t have access to clean municipal water, they end up using bottled water by truckloads to satisfy their need for filter water. But there are many negative aspects to bottled water; the least of all is that it’s terrible for the environment. 

Another reason to avoid bottled water is that too many bottled water companies aren’t following proper filtration standards. They still have numerous contaminants in their supposed clean water supply.

Also, plastic bottles leach all sorts of chemicals into the water, as they sit in the harsh South African sun day in and day out. These chemicals have adverse effects on hormone levels and other aspects of human biology. 


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), contaminated water leads to more than 400,000 cases of diarrhoea-related deaths around the world every year. The African Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry maintain that South African national water standards are up to WHO standards. 

Even though 89.4% of South Africans have access to piped water, too many of us are still living downstream from a sewage discharge point. 

This essentially means that South Africans recycle wastewater for drinking purposes. This could result in the spread of water-related illnesses like cholera, dysentery, and more. 

Moreover, your water utility company could be using river or stream water to supply your drinking water. This could still have many contaminants even after several rounds of municipal treatment. 

A lot of rural areas in South Africa still don’t have access to clean filter water. There are too many cases of diarrhoea-related fatalities in children under the age of 5

Finally, if you live in an area with old water pipes, that could be a source of contamination for you as well. A water pipe starts disintegrating after a certain time and will start attracting and storing bacteria and other contaminants. These could flow into your water glass. 

What does this mean for you? Wherever you live, be it an urban area or a rural one, you need to ensure you use some kind of filtration system for your drinking water.


There are many different kinds of filtration systems out there.

Carbon filters is an effective filter for removing a wide variety of contaminants from drinking water, including organic chemicals like VOCs, chlorine, lead and pesticides. It’s also great at removing items that cause questionable odours or tastes in drinking water.

It essentially works as a mechanical filter where it uses a solid block of compressed carbon to pre-filter your water. If you know that your piped water is already of a high standard, using a carbon filter is enough to filter out all the chemical contaminants that might be leftover.

The good thing about using a carbon filter is that your water utility or other bills remain unaffected as you are still using the same tap water to quench your thirst. You won’t even notice the difference as you switch on your tap as normal to drink clean, filtered water.  


Our premium range of Topia dispensers use carbon filters.


There’s only so much your municipality can do to ensure you have access to clean filtered water. If you are still worried about the quality of your drinking water, and about your family’s safety and health, why not use carbon filters as an additional layer of protection?

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Even if your water looks and tastes clean, there might still be many water contaminants zooming about in it. 

Topia Water ensures that clean drinking water doesn’t cost the Earth. We have many affordable but effective water filtration dispensers for you to choose from. Contact us today to get a quote.


The Topia Team

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