Throughout history water has always been the key element in many developments.

Our first civilizations were all founded around great sources of water; wars have been fought over water, even to this day. Water rights are extremely important. Man’s continued survival depends upon water. Man can live without food for as long as two months, without water, no more than ten days!

Water covers seven-tenths of our planet and it remains one of the most misunderstood substances. It behaves like no other element. For example: At earth’s normal temperature, it can exist in three forms, as a solid (ice), as a liquid, or as a gas. One of its misbehaviors is when most substances solidify, they contract. Not water. It expands. Only one substance exceeds water in the ability to absorb and retain heat. It has the ability to climb up surfaces against the pull of gravity. But it is water’s ability to act as a solvent that makes it indispensable to life. It serves to carry nutrients to our tissues and cells. It can also be deadly; being the bearer of toxic chemicals, parasites and bacteria.

There is no new water on earth. It has all been here since the beginning of time. We cannot destroy it.

A few days ago, while talking to an old friend, the comment was made that water flowing in a mountain stream, bubbling among the rocks, purifies itself after traveling a certain distance. Neither of us could remember whether it was ten or twenty feet, which is not important because this old tale is wrong.

Water from rain, even without industrial pollution, is slightly acidic. We all know certain plants like acidic conditions for growth. Also, that as the leaves fall and decay, they release acids. All of this mold, acid and decay matter is carried along in our mountain streams. Can we really call it “MOUNTAIN PURE WATER?”

Think for a moment. Have we ever seen a square piece of natural stone? Wasn’t that gravel or creek stone, washed by this mountain water? Let’s now consider where the sharp edges went. Possibly it could have worn away by tumbling over and over in the creek bed. But, as we noted the water being slightly acidic, could the water have dissolved the sharp edges and now we have this dissolved rock as a portion of our drinking water?

Sounds absurd to ask but are we now be drinking rocks? Well, I’m going to ask all of you to join me in a very simple test: We talked about three forms of water; solid, liquid and gas. Each time water changes its form; the H2O portion is the only portion that changes.

Glass with iceFor this personal experiment, you will need a clean, clear drinking glass (8 oz. or larger). This evening, just before bedtime, fill this glass with all the ice cubes it will hold. Set it where the ice will melt. In the morning, carefully lift the glass overhead. Looking up through the bottom, you will see that a milky sludge has settled overnight. This sludge is really the sharp edges of the mountain creek rocks. As we can see, we really are drinking rocks.

We talked about water’s ability to dissolve mineral elements. Let’s now look at metals. We all know what water does to iron. We call it rust. Water has dissolved the iron, leaving the oxides and impurities. This iron is now an element carried along by our drinking water. All of this is self-evident by the stains on our bath and kitchen fixtures. Do we drink it? You bet we do!

Since WWII, our household plumbing has changed from iron and lead to copper pipes. This makes our water service much easier to install and a much longer life for our plumbing.

Recently, a comment was overheard indication that our neighbor’s water had a blue/green tint. I became concerned, and I’ll tell you why. Since we know that water is acidic, some wells are more acidic than others. When acidic well water comes in contact with copper pipes, it causes a decomposition of the copper. Most times this occurs at the joints where lead and tin solder has been used. These dissimilar metals cause an action called electrolysis. The copper comes into solution in the water and we drink it, cook with it and bathe in it.

It is well known that studies have shown that copper in the human body affect mental processes such as early senility, memory loss or confusion in the elderly, slow learning in growing children and mental defects in newborns. A simple cure for some may be only a change in drinking water from a different source. Be a little more careful about where your drinking water comes from and what it contains.