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  • People in San Francisco are spending upwards of $60 for a 2.5 gallon glass jug of “fresh, live spring water.”
  • The water isn’t filtered or treated, which means it could harbor microbial viruses and bacteria that cause disease and deadly diarrhea.
  • American tap water isn’t perfectly clean, but it’s tested to stricter health standards than bottled water.

The founders of a company called Live Water, which sells unfiltered, untreated water in glass containers, want customers to believe that tap water is just too “dead.”

Founder Mukhande Singh told the The New York Times that those who drink the regulated H2O that comes out of kitchen taps, public water fountains, and garden hoses are “drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them.”

In San Francisco, his idea has gathered quite a following: the water is regularly sold out in grocery stores and people are spending more than $1 per glass to the drink water that’s never been treated.

The company warns consumers on its site: “Consult your health care provider before making a decision to switch your drinking water source.” But food safety experts tell Business Insider it’s a terrible idea to drink untreated water.

Why can unfiltered water be dangerous?

There are billions of people around the world living a “raw” water lifestyle right now. And it’s not very glamorous.

Chemicals like lead, microbes from feces (both animal and human), pesticide runoff, and underground waste are just some of the global threats to clean drinking water.

The US water system isn’t perfect. A 2009 New York Times investigation found there was enough arsenic in the water in some parts of Texas, Arizona and Nevada to contribute to cancer.

But American drinking water does pretty well when stacked up against other countries where citizens might drink from less-than-ideally-filtered sources. The <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" Read More Here