We all need to drink plenty of clean water every day, but right now, we can’t move for stories in the press about water contamination – and things are getting worse. How can we safely filter water at home to drink?
The statistics are mind-boggling. While officials and politicians attempt to oscillate between publicly minimizing the risk and attempting to deal with it, more Americans carry on drinking contaminated water.
With its finger firmly on the pulse, Todd Haynes’ film Dark Waters opened just before Thanksgiving. It lays bare the story of a lawyer representing a cattle farmer from Parkersburg, West Virginia; who …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On September 30, 2019 3:56 pm
A shocking new study from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has revealed that exposure to the cocktail of lethal carcinogens in America’s tap water causes or contributes to over 100,000 cancer cases in the US over a lifetime.
The peer-reviewed study puts much of the toxic culpability on the presence of three main contaminants found in the water supply to millions of homes:
This disturbing report means that more and more people are being prompted into finding a long-term, reliable solution to protect their family from contaminated tap water.
EWG Recommends Home Water Filters
The EWG has suggested installing individual water filters at home.
The PR job is a good one, to be fair. When it comes to bottled water, people are prepared to throw a lot of money at it, regardless of the environmental price and the sky-high cost to their pocket.
Bottled water costs more than tap water. A lot more. In fact, a new report from The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that some people are paying an astonishing 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than they are for the water that comes out of the tap.
But here’s the next shocker: frequently the water that you buy in a bottle is…erm…tap water.
Posted by: Rhona Reid On February 22, 2018 12:00 pm
In early February, the 18th annual Great American Water Taste Test took place at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Over two days, water samples from around the country were blind-tasted by a panel of judges, tasked with finding a winner. What are they looking for? Taste, smell and clarity are the watchwords according to The National Rural Water Association, the main sponsor of the event.
Water Good Winner!
After some serious sipping, the gold medal was awarded to Arcadia Water Utility of Wisconsin, which beat off some stiff competition from the City of Salisbury, MD Paleo Water and the Southeast Water Users District, ND, …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On December 7, 2017 12:00 pm
There has never been running water here. Some of the dwindling number of residents, all of whom live in poverty, recall that there were wells up until around 30 years ago, where locals could draw water. Those wells are now dry or contaminated. People who live here have to make a seven-mile journey to buy water or depend on donations made to the local Baptist church.
Welcome to Sandbranch, just 14 miles southeast of Dallas, the fifth wealthiest city in America.
There hasn’t been any investment here for a long time. The community doesn’t have trash collections, proper sewerage or street lighting – yet most of the residents don’t want move, or lack the …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 21, 2017 7:00 am
In 1990, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of an 11-year study into the long term cognitive and neurobehavioral effects of lead exposure in children.
What Does Lead Do?
The children had been exposed to lead during their childhood, in some cases relatively low levels. 132 test subjects were re-examined in 1988 and the following neurobehavioral traits were identified as being related to lead exposure during childhood:
Poorer hand/eye co-ordination
Slower reaction times
“No Safe Level of Lead”
Although some lead can be excreted by the body, children are more susceptible to long term effects from lead exposure, as their …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 9, 2017 12:00 pm
The Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean is almost 7 miles deep. Its perpetually black depths are commonly referred to as the most remote place on the entire planet. Extraordinary creatures survive in the dark with water pressure of eight tons per square inch. But something else has been discovered in this inaccessible ocean trench. Astonishing levels of man-made pollution, along with plastic bags and soda cans.
Plastics on the Menu
We’re steadily choking our planet with plastic, according to recent research. Up to 13 million tons of plastic finds it way into our oceans every single year, where it can then be ingested by wildlife. Of course, lovers …