Electrolytic Water Treatment—Its Challenges

Water Droplets_127674The public consciousness on the importance of safe potable drinking water has caused the emergence of different methods, which have stirred different reactions from the general public. The old ways of treating water, which is boiling is seldom practiced today among American homes, in spite of the fact that boiling water treatment still proves as one of the best ways in eliminating harmful microorganisms that can cause gastro-intestinal diseases like cholera and diarrhea.

The rapid change of lifestyle and the fast-paced movement of people have in fact challenged the importance of the advancement of technology on water treatment. Today more than ever some water technologies are straightforwardly expensive yet with proven efficiency and efficacy. While some water treatment technologies are gaining rave reviews from both the consumers and the scientific community, some failed to get recognition either from both sides.

Electrolytic water treatment is one of the “not so lucky” water treatment technologies that did not achieve accolades from the experts of chemistry and physics fields. A considerable number of this community is still doubtful about the efficacy of electrolytic water treatment.

Electrolytic water treatment supposedly works by breaking down the water molecules by applying electric current. Ionized water is purportedly the answer to obtaining safe drinking water, which can only be generated with the use of electrolytic water treatment. Nevertheless, this claim had been facing much reaction from Stephen Lower, a former member of the faculty the Department of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Lower contested that the concept of ionized water is but for sales and marketing purposes only. Furthermore, it is believed that potable drinking water is not capable of conducting electricity, which makes the introduction of electrolysis seemed futile.

Other contentions include that the so-called health benefits of ionized water are yet to be backed by scientific study results. Lastly those proliferating electrolytic water treatment equipment are nothing but useless pieces that are incapable of eliminating impurities, disinfecting harmful bacteria, and the removal of scale formation.

Despite the many negative reactions about electrolytic water treatment, there are still many companies that are continuously marketing the product. The sale of this product is still to reach its speak as there are not too many that are convinced with its advertised effectiveness in treating water from microorganism, scale formation, and impurities.

This water treatment technology is yet to hurdle all the challenges in order to prove its detractors wrong. The makers of this technology have to make sure that scientific evidences support their claims, other wise their effort will be for naught. Only then electrolytic water treatment can be considered a brilliant invention.

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