Live Water
Live Water
  • Silicon Valley is developing an obsession with untreated, unfiltered water.
  • “Raw” water can spread bacteria and diseases including cholera, E. coli, Hepatitis A, and Giardia.
  • People make illogical decisions and buy into absurd trends because of a reliance on emotions and their personal experiences over historical and scientific facts.

Silicon Valley is no stranger to bizarre trends.

The latest: unfiltered, untreated water. Sold as “raw” or “live” water, fans say that the beverage has health benefits that tap or traditional bottled water lacks.

There’s a lot that’s wrong with this. First, there’s no scientific evidence that untreated water has additional health benefits. In fact, there’s a lot of evidence that water that isn’t properly treated is extremely dangerous.

“Almost everything conceivable that can make you sick can be found in water,” food safety expert Bill Marler told Business Insider.

Unfiltered, untreated water, even from the cleanest streams, can contain animal feces, spreading Giardia, which brings on symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea and results in roughly 4,600 hospitalizations a year. Hepatitis A, which resulted in 20 deaths in a California outbreak in 2017, can be spread through water if it isn’t treated. E. coli and cholera can also be transmitted via untreated water.

The reason these infections aren’t killing Americans constantly is because of scientific advances — and safety…