Second to breathing is good hydration.
These days water companies provide 'clean' drinking water in which it is expected people also bathe! Given the information about how polluted the 'clean' drinking water is it could be said that the water companies are breaching trading standards but also advertising standards but more so they are putting peoples health and safety at risk.
Purity of water is vital to retaining good health and part of this has become filtering and cleaning water:
there are numerous approaches to filtering and cleaning up drinking water;
Right through to whole house systems so bathing water is purified too.
The value of water as a method of easing distress and promoting calm is found in cool water.
Water is one of the most abundant and freely given assets of the entire world, covering most of the planet water is also the most recycled commodity. It is interesting how water companies are able to take something that is free from creation and put a price tag on it! Water is used from hydrating the body, to cooking food, cleaning dishes and laundry.
Here in the UK, Margaret Thatcher, previous Prime Minister, privatised (sold off) the United Kingdom of Great Britain's water system and supply while in her tenure of Downing Street; she did so without the consent of The People. This is effectively theft of the peoples assets public.
In their report of 2021/22 Northumbria water, who is responsible for also Essex show that water poverty exists and some 11% of the inhabitants experience this.
"On 28 July 2010, through Resolution 64/292, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights".
The UK Government issues regulations to the water industry that Ofwat. Ofwat are currently investigating all water and wastewater companies within England and Wales (2021/2022). This is investigation arose due to many of the wastewater organisations claiming
"they might not be treating as much sewage at their wastewater treatment works as they should be, and that this could be resulting in sewage discharges into the environment at times when this should not be happening".
Fundamentally water for hydration is the root of good health. Inclusion of mineral salts such as that of Himalayan salts, known as solay, is an essential consideration. Clean water is vital to good health and vitality. With the matter being a human right and the potential of companies failing in their duty of provision, it is worthwhile looking into a water filter.
There are many on the market and I suggest looking into the 'Zero' filter in your search. It is also worthwhile looking into a mains water filter as bathing water can also be potentially low quality and unsafe to bathe in.
In the UK it is legally accepted to collect rainwater, and I do collect rooftop rainwater. This water is used for plants, toilet flush, laundry and so on. I have testing strip kit and TDS which demonstrates that the rooftop, rainwater has been found to be generally cleaner, than house tap water supplied by the water company!
Distilling house tap water is also a good method of removing the chemical components added by water companies. Distillation will remove most chemicals but there is residual potential. After distilling water I have found brown, smelly gunge at the bottom of the distiller which is easily removed by citric acid. Water distillers require charcoal which can be bought from amazon or other sites. The charcoal are provided in a small package which are placed inside a chamber positioned before the water outlet nozzle.
The chemicals added to tap water include fluoride which is a neurotoxin and harms all organs in the body. Chlorine is a noxious smelling chemical that can cause drying of the skin and hair and the gases can have a detrimental effect. It is worthwhile contacting the water company in your area and requesting information of the chemicals added to water that supplies your home.
Here though is the matter of cost; should a household be financially well off then purchasing items to harvest and store water, distil and filter and then a household filtering system for municipal supply use is costly but can be covered. Those in lower income households could struggle. Distillation uses electricity and increases costs.
My suggestion would be to obtain a water butt, connect to the house down pipe and begin collecting rain water. Purchase the zero water filter and then you can at least have clean water for cooking and drinking. The rooftop rainwater can be used for plants, toilet flush and small laundry i.e. hand wash in a sink (hot wash) using rubber gloves to skin protection and using soap nuts or carbolic soap, soda crystals or such.