Water Filters on the Rise in Australia

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), increasing numbers of Australians are using some sort of water filtration system. In 2001, the trend was already apparent, with 21 percent of households having a water filter. By 2006, just five years later, the number was up to 26 percent or just over a quarter of Australian households. More current statistics are not available, but the steady rise over those five years suggests the trend is continuing.

Some parts of Australia are choosing water filters more than others. As of 2004, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australian were the country's leaders in using water filters. Over 25 percent of households had water filters in these states, followed by 23 percent in Victoria. The lowest numbers of water filters were found in the NT and ACT. With the exception of the ACT, every state and territory showed a steady increase in the use of water filters from 1998 to 2004.

Why are more Australians choosing water filters?

We live in an increasingly environmentally aware society. When concerns began to be raised about the quality of our tap water, we turned to bottled water. This trend continues, but as we discover more about the lack of quality control in the bottled water industry and the tremendous waste caused by discarded water bottles, we're starting to think twice about the wisdom of substituting bottled water for tap water. Those who do not trust the quality of their tap water are taking matters into their own hands and filtering their own tap water.

Tap water versus filtered water

The verdict is out: bottled water costs up to 2000 times as much as tap water and in many cases, is of no better quality. The backlash against the incredible waste of money and resources on bottled water is trickling down to mainstream Australia. There are still arguments for and against tap water, though.

Advocates of tap water say the testing methods used in Australia are sufficient to guard against unsafe tap water. Others argue otherwise, saying the methods used today are outdated and don't take into account the increasing numbers of pollutants in water. A 2012 article in Nature and Health pointed out that health authorities do treat our water to kill harmful micro-organisms, but do so using chlorine, which has an unpleasant taste and may be harmful to health. The article went on to mention that "it’s the invisible chemical pollutants – traces of everything from hormone tablets to solvents – which are the real threat."

While your tap water may be safe for drinking, it can be made safer by installing a water filtration system. You needn't spend a fortune taking the extra precaution. Clever Water water coolers range in price from inexpensive Mini Clever Coolers for $299 to larger capacity water coolers for offices and commercial applications you can buy outright or rent. If nothing else, your water will taste better because all Clever Water water coolers filter out chlorine. You will also know that your water is safe for drinking because you have used an advanced filtration system at your water source.