Raw water. What is it?

Raw water. What is it?

There's a new health trend in town, and this one's got us a bit concerned: raw water. Yes. You heard that correctly: Raw...water.

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Live Water owner Mukhande Singh in Big Bear, Ca. At the site where the first "live water" was tapped.

Piggybacking on the raw food trend, raw water is being defined as "unprocessed" and unfiltered water from a natural source. Harvesting "raw water"is as easy as capturing it from a natural spring, sticking a dated "Use by" label on it and then marketing it directly to the consumer via online avenues or brick and mortar grocers. Consumers claim that the lack of filtration yields substantially more benefits to the human body. They claim that traditional water processing methods remove the all the "good stuff". One such exponent of raw water is Mukhande Singh who is coincidentally the owner of Live Water. Singh says that "real water" should expire, or turn green if not consumed shortly after it's bottling. His argument for live water is that traditional purification methods  remove all of the endogenous, live benefits of spring water. Dr. Hensrud, the director of the Healthy Living Program at the Mayo Clinic, says that without proper treatment there are risks of E. coli bacteria, viruses, parasites and carcinogenic compounds being present in this kind of water.

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Aquagear water filter pitcher. Safely removes lead and other contaminants from your tap water. 

At Aquagear, we're equally concerned about this becoming a food trend. While we think raw water's life may be brief, we'd like to caution those who may be considering trying this. We invented the Aquagear filter pitcher as a response to the lack of robustness and filtration quality that existed on the market. We're happy to use 21st century inventions like public tap water, just so long as we can use our pitcher to purify it! We'll pass on that green water.