A fool and his money are soon parted. How many times have we heard that phrase and think, "That will never be me." Unfortunately in today's world, where information streams are set up to reinforce our prejudices and to prey on our fears, we are more susceptible to ideas that might sound great but actually can do us harm.
One such idea is "raw water", the marketing of water taken from a spring and delivered to the public without being subjected to any drinking water standards. It's "unfiltered, untreated, and unsterilized", as if these actions taken to protect the public health are somehow bad.
The New York Times first reported on the concept; today the Washington Post takes a look at the scheme. And it is a scheme, designed to make an exorbitant amount of money off of people with concerns about municipal water.
Unfortunately, the criminal misconduct that occurred in Flint, Michigan is used as a catch-all to undermine public water. Combined with older charges that fluoride is poisoning the public, the fears are together to push people off of public water and into private ideas that make their entrepreneurs money. And they're putting their health at risk.