What Is BPA?
Bisphenol A, also known and commonly referred to as BPA, is an organic synthetic compound in the form of a colorless solid that is soluble in organic solvents with a formula C15H16O2 . Its chemical formula is (CH₃)₂C(C₆H₄OH)₂ and it is commonly used in the production of plastics and epoxy resins. In fact, over 8 billion pounds of BPA are used in manufacturing each year.
You will often see plastic containers used for food storage or water bottles that have labels saying 'BPA Free', which means they were made without BPAs and are much safer for you to use.
However, that doesn't mean that BPAs aren't already in your water.
Is It Harmful To Your Health?
Government organizations such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) have held mixed stances on the issue. The FDA used to consider BPA as safe, but in 2010 the organization changed its position and warned that there is “some concern” over the potential effects of BPA, especially for infants and children.
Studies on BPA and its effects on human health have been inconclusive, but the FDA has since listed the substance as a “chemical of concern,” and cited possible health issues such as:
Is There BPA In Your Water?
The presence of BPA in your water is actually more likely than you would think. The main method of human exposure to BPA is through the ingestion of contaminated food and water.
Some of the most common applications for BPA based plastics include the production of water bottles and food containers. And BPA-based epoxy resins are commonly used to line water pipes as well as the inside of many food and beverage containers.
This should be alarming to everyone, especially those who have children because of the permanent negative effects it has on your health.
What Can You Do To Avoid BPA?
There are simple actions you can take to protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of BPAs.
When you shop, look for products that have a “BPA Free" label, which is actually a lot easier than it used to be. With the growing concern over this chemical, some manufacturers are finding ways to produce plastics and resins without BPA.
You should avoid food and water that comes packaged with BPA plastics and resins such as plastic water bottles and canned foods.
Do not heat plastic food and beverage containers that may contain BPA as the heating process can cause BPA to leach out. If you are not sure if the container contains BPA, transfer the food or beverage to a glass, ceramic or other container to heat it up.
The simplest thing you can do to completely ensure that you're living BPA-free is to filter your water! Not only can you eliminate using bottled water this way, but you can ensure that the water you use every day to drink, cook, clean and bathe in is BPA free.
How Can Purely Water Supply Help You Protect You and Your Family from BPAs?
Purely Water Supply is a family owned and operated company - we have small children too and are always looking for ways to keep them safe every day.
That's why we carry a wide selection of different types of products to clean your water, whether you're looking for a long-term solution such as a whole-house filter that you can have installed at the point of entry (where your main water source enters your house), or a solution for just your drinking water such as a countertop filter system.
We also have BPA-free water filtration sports bottles and glass bottles that you can fill up before you leave your house so you always have the cleanest water on the go.
We even carry a water filtration straw for when you can't or don't want to carry an entire bottle of water!
You can find:
- Sports water bottles here
- Water filtration straw here
- Water filter pitchers here
- Countertop filtration systems here
- Under-counter filtration systems here
- Countertop and under-counter RO (reverse osmosis) systems here
- Alkaline Water Ionizer Machines here
- Whole-house filtration systems here
- Whole-house RO (reverse osmosis) systems here
As always, we have a dedicated support staff on hand 24/7 for any questions you have about our products or if you need help with your purchase.
Use the live chat option for immediate help or use the contact page or email. We offer phone support Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm EST.
Remember, you can't put a price on your family's health and safety - give them the gift of clean water!