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Did You Know That Tap Water is Full of Unregulated Chemicals?

By |December 10th, 2013|

Most of us already know that our tap water is filled with chemicals!

The Breaking News is: Federal scientists analyzed the water in 25 U.S. water facilities.  In nine of the facilities, they found traces of 21 chemicals in the water.  Of those 21 there were 18  unregulated chemicals which included solvents, herbicides, caffeine, metal and antidepressants in the water according to Environmental Health News. The research paper on the detailed findings by the scientists is to be expected to be published next year.

The 21 contaminants detected were found to be mostly in low concentrations in treated drinking water from at least nine of the utilities. Eighteen of the chemicals are not regulated under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act thus utilities do not have to meet any limit or even monitor for them.

“The good news is the concentrations are generally pretty low, there’s still the unknown. Are there long-term consequences of low-level exposure to these chemicals?” said Dana Kolpin, research hydrologist with the USGS who participated in the study.

There is little known about the effect on human health for many of the contaminants, in low doses. But one contaminant, perfluorinated compounds (are used in food packaging to make an object oil, stain and water resistant) known as PFOA have been linked to a variety of health problems.

Perfluorinated compound linked to cancers, colitis, thyroid disease.

The perfluorinated compounds found in drinking water have been found in the blood of nearly all people in the U S.  Scientists say there is a “probable link” between PFOA in drinking water and high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and pregnancy-induced hypertension. (based on findings on people in Mid-Ohio Valley communities whose water was polluted with PFOA from a DuPont plant)

PFOS, another form of perfluorinated compound was used in Scotchgard until 3M phased it out in 2002. It has been linked to attention disorders in children and thyroid disease in men.

When they attempted to remove the perfluorinated compounds treatment techniques are largely unsuccessful. Only one plant was successful at removing them, and it used activated carbon treatment.

“Chlorination and other treatments technologies will remove some contaminants but will react with others. Some compounds may appear to be removed but may be transformed to a chemical we know even less about.” said Laurel Schaider, research associate, Harvard School of Public Health.

Do you want to be filling your body with these chemicals? I know that it was making me ill a long time ago and have always drank filtered water.

Filter your water!

Here is the water filter I am using and very happy with it. The only way to remove fluoride is to use a reverse osmosis system and some are better than others. When I did my research this is the one I decided on.

APEC Water System, 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System

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We need to do our bit by Saving Water for the Environment – Past, Present & Hopefully the Future and cut down on polluting our earth, see what ‘WE’ have created: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

What is happening to our water is not new.  Between 2004 and 2009 The Environmental Working Group conducted nearly 20 million drinking […]

Taking Care of The Ocean

By |April 17th, 2013|

taking care of the oceanPaul Jimerson

What can I say that hasn’t already been said, a thousand times, and a thousand times better? I can only add my voice to the growing litany of those who are struggling to save and protect the Ocean from the ravages of ‘civilization.’  The forces that are hell-bent on destroying the planet seem beyond the reach of reasoned argument, and nearly free of regulation.  […]

Saving Water for the Environment – Past, Present & Hopefully the Future

By |April 16th, 2013|

 save shower water

Earth Day Special

by Carla Janzen

As a child I remember our family being very thrifty with water. I have great memories of going to my Grandmother’s house in the 50’s. Bath night was quite a ritual of events. My Mom and Aunt’s would pump water at the kitchen sink, heat it up on the stove and haul it to the big ole claw legged tub. We had a rotation of youngest to oldest and I was often the winner of first place. With each new person bathing more hot water was added to the tub. At the end of the evening the water was hauled out to water the garden, trees or the ditch.

Do You Love Your Morning Shower? […]

Tapp Water Filter for Africa

By |November 27th, 2012|

Consuming clean water is important.  I know how important it is for my health to be drinking pure, clean water without the chemicals. I rarely drink tap water for that reason. I actually get stomach aches from fluoridated water.  But there are others that our tap water would be a life safer.

What is even more important is the state of the water in third world countries.  It is sad to think that there are children that have no choice.  They have to drink very dirty water and often get very ill from the bacteria, parasites and sometimes even die. […]

What do you Drink or Eat First Thing in the Morning?

By |October 27th, 2010|

It's important how we start our day. The body has been in repair mode and the digestive system hopefully has had a rest. It's almost like we have done a mini fast since our last evening meal. I learned that it is good for the body to drink a cup of warm or hot water first thing without anything in it. It is the best way to break-the-fast from the night and cleanse. Water is the most important powerfood for our body.