Make sure you know what's in your water. Picture by Amanda Mills, Courtesy: Public Health Image Library

It's not something that's top of mind for many home cooks, but spare a thought for the water you use.

Washing your fruit and vegetables and even the plates, bowls and cutlery you need to prepare your food, could be carrying hidden ills you never even stopped to think about.

In South Africa, a recent study by the Water Research Commission discovered substantial amounts of microplastics in tap water supplied to Johannesburg and Tshwane.

This week Bluewater opened the doors to it's first African headquarters and partnered with local social enterprise I-Drop Water.

As part of the launch is a #rateyourwater campaign where the group is encouraging South Africans to answer a few questions about their tap water, once 5000 responses have been received, the results from will be released.

The Bluewater mobile trailer is purified water on wheels. Picture supplied

“With heightened interest in the availability and quality of tap water across South Africa and the continent, we know that consumers also want better tasting water,” says James Steere, Co-Founder of I-Drop Water and Executive Director of Bluewater Africa. 

“Drinking water is top-of-mind for South Africans...apart from how it looks, smells and tastes, consumers increasingly want to be assured that the water they drink is free from dangerous contaminants,” he adds