Holy water is usually regarded as the purest water out there, but a new study shows that most of it is not safe to drink.
International Business Times reports that an Austrian study published in the Journal of Water and Health revealed that approximately 86% of holy water contains fecal matter such as E. Coli, enterococci and Campylobacter. The polluted water is used in baptisms and to wet congregants’ lips which can lead to these diseases and symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain.
Some water samples had nitrate which poses serious risks for children under 6 months old and could lead to death if left untreated, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The study is asking for ‘proper water quality management’ in holy water since some of these holy water springs are polluted.
The researchers added that local officials should ensure the water quality of holy springs.