The Silicon Valley has a new Bizarre ‘Raw Water’ Trend
There is a new bizarre trend going around in the Silicon Valley that involves drinking raw water. Apparently, the demand for unfiltered water has been skyrocketing as Silicon Valley residents have begun developing a taste for water that hasn’t been treated, to prevent the spread of bacteria or other contaminants. For instance, a 2.5 gallon jug of “unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized spring water” is selling for about $60.99 in San Francisco. Bill Marler, a food-safety advocate and a lawyer, told Business Insider,
Almost everything conceivable that can make you sick can be found in water. It’s fine till some 10-year-old girl dies a horrible death from cholera in Montecito, California. You can’t stop consenting adults from being stupid. But we should at least try.
The price for a 2.5 gallon jug increased from $36.99 to $60.99 after the New York Times published an article about the trend. The price includes the glass container and refills are $14.99, but it isn’t worth it considering people will be risking their health. Unfiltered and untreated water can contain animal feces, which can spread things such as Giardia that has symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea and results in roughly 4,600 hospitalizations a year. There are many more things that can be spread through water if it isn’t treated such as hepatitis A, E. coli, and cholera. Hopefully the trend does not spread any further and people realize how dangerous raw water actually is for their health.