Quite reasonably, what you drink is often what you think about most when it comes to the water in your home.
But what about the water that you shower and bathe in? After all, that’s the water that cleanses your skin – the largest organ in your body – and your hair. If your source water contains contaminants, then think about this – you’re standing underneath a shower of them at least once per day. Not such a nice idea, right?
Let’s not beat around the bush. If we ignore for a moment all the important benefits of hydrogen alkaline water and look purely at the issue of filtration, it’s no secret that there are cheaper ways to filter your water than with a water ionizer.
At some point, many people consider buying a jug filter. Pitchers are cheap and easy to use, but how do they really compare?
Putting You in The Pitcher
Even the most high-end and technically advanced filter pitchers have only a tiny proportion of the capabilities of a water ionizer. They remove some impurities from your water and make it taste better, but quite often, …
Back in 2016, French multinational corporation Saint-Gobain ‘fessed up to releasing carcinogenic chemicals from its premises in Merrimack, New Hampshire, causing private wells in the area to become contaminated though the local groundwater.
Bottled Water Hand-Out
Following the spill, bottled water was provided to residents with a private well within a one-mile radius of the plant, which meant supplying around 400 properties with bottled water.
The state gave Saint-Gobain strict deadlines to fix the problem, requiring the 350-year old corporation to conceive, design and install a water treatment solution to clean up the contamination.
A Satisfactory Solution?
Flash forward to March 2018, and state officials have reached “a monumental agreement” to ensure that …
Look, don’t shoot the messenger, but there’s something else to worry about in America’s water.
Bosses at coal-burning power plants country-wide are required to file reports with the Environmental Protection Agency this month, looking into the toxins that are being released into groundwater from vast, unlined “ponds” containing coal ash and debris.
“Coal ash ponds need to be addressed as potential environmental and human health issues.”
~ Avner Vengosh, Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University
Coal Ash Court Cases
130 million tons of coal ash is produced each year. Arsenic, Chromium-6, mercury and radium are just a few of the dangerous substances potentially leaching into the water supply. And …
The cancer-causing contaminant Chromium-6, brought to the public gaze by Erin Brockovich, is at levels exceeding public health goals in 50 states.
Millions of people are trying to find a workable solution to protect themselves and their families and to avoid drinking contaminated water.
What Reverse Osmosis Water Does to the Pipeline
A reverse osmosis water system is sometimes touted as a possible solution on both a domestic and municipal level. After all, it removes contaminants and that’s the goal, right?
Unfortunately, reverse osmosis is not a solution on either front. On a city-wide basis, aside from the prohibitive cost of building the plant, the stripped-back water – though admittedly free of contaminants – …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On January 18, 2018 12:00 pm
The latest trend that seems to be gathering attention in 2018 is the craze for drinking so-called “raw water.”
When a small, Oregon-based start-up company started selling “pristine mountain spring water” to people in the San Francisco area, they tapped into the fashionable notion that the more “natural” something is, then the better for you it will be.
What is “Raw Water”?
Raw water is, quite simply, water that springs from the earth; or in this particular case, from “an ancient aquifer.” It is completely untreated and unfiltered.
One of several companies selling raw water around the country says that filtering and treating water to remove contaminants “disrupts healthy bacterias” that would otherwise …
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 …