Water is big news. Of course it is, it’s a massive part of our lives. We depend on it for life itself and yet we’re all guilty of wasting it from time to time. So how did we become so complacent about …
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 February 1, 2018 12:00 pm
According to this report published in January by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), 173 million people – around half of all Americans – have been exposed to radiation in their drinking water. That means an increase in the possibility of developing certain types of cancer and can also have a detrimental effect on fetal development.
The “Erin Brockovich” Chemical
By studying 50,000 water systems countrywide, the EWG found that millions of people across 50 states are drinking water that contains radioactive contaminants; including the most commonly-occurring radioactive element, radium.
In Texas – one of the worst affected states – up to 80% of homes are supplied with water containing potentially dangerous levels of …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On January 25, 2018 12:00 pm
If you’re among the just-over-half of the population who didn’t make a New Year resolution, then by now you might fall into one of two camps. The first is being oblivious to the whole thing and simply getting on with life without the pressure/pleasure of a self-imposed goal to work towards.
The second camp includes those who look on with a touch of envy at the bright-eyed fervor of those winning at their resolutions. They have a goal. A “thing.” Something to help pass the long, decidedly un-festive January days. Dry January? Veganuary? At this stage of the month, if you haven’t given something up, then you might be feeling a …
Something else has been identified as a potential health hazard in our water. To add to the cocktail of potential contaminants that flow out of taps across America, salt has recently been identified as the latest water worry.
How Our Soil Gets Salty
Increased use of road salt is a major cause, as is mining, fossil-fuel production and the use of some fertilizers. The salt seeps into the ground where excessive sodium dislodges the stable soil minerals such as calcium and potassium, changing the composition of the soil itself.
Of course, whatever is in the soil will end up seeping through to our water supply. The salty water eventually trickles through the layers of …
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 …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 14, 2017 7:00 am
America’s water system is undeniably in crisis. The projected cost of fixing the miles of pipeline that criss-cross the country runs to $1 trillion, according to some estimates. There’s no quick fix.
Next Generation – New Hope
But where there is a future, there is always hope. And where there is hope, there is a future. Maybe the next generation will come up with some answers, determined to put right what is broken and unsustainable. This possibility has been highlighted by eleven-year-old Gitanjali Rao, winner of America’s top young scientist award.
Horrified by the news of lead contamination in the water of Flint, Michigan, Gitanjali quickly realized the issue …
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 …