Back in 2016, French multinational corporation Saint-Gobain ‚Äėfessed 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 ‚Äúa monumental agreement‚ÄĚ¬†to ensure …
Free Radicals might sound like the kind of band name you and your buddy, that guy with the keyboard and the bad perm, might have chosen back in the 80‚Äôs. ¬†
It‚Äôs true to say that free radicals sound a lot cooler than they really are. Existing virtually everywhere in the modern world, free radicals are impossible to avoid. ¬†To labor the 80‚Äôs band theme again, like an aging rock star who has lived a wild and toxic life on the road: free radicals are unstable, slightly unhinged molecules trying to hook up with a nice, calming electron to stabilize them and settle down with.
Most of us know how it feels to become temporarily thirsty, and then slaking that thirst with a long, cool drink that restores our bodies to a healthily hydrated state again. ¬†This common type of dehydration is known as temporary dehydration.
Thirst Doesn‚Äôt Come First
It‚Äôs worth noting that although we‚Äôre sometimes guilty of waiting until we feel thirsty to drink, thirst isn‚Äôt one of the early warning signs of dehydration. ¬†By the time we feel thirsty, our bodies are already experiencing other signs of dehydration, such as needing to urinate less and having a dry or sticky mouth. ¬†
Chronic dehydration is more serious. ¬†Known to occur as a …
So, we‚Äôve laid bare the extortionate cost¬†of bottled water and highlighted the practice of selling tap water in bottles at a hugely inflated profit. ¬†Persuading people to buy filtered tap water in a bottle with a slick label is quite a coup for the drinks industry. ¬†
BPA is Here to Stay?
But it‚Äôs not just the ever-rising cost to both your pocket and to the environment. ¬†Bottled water is problematic in other ways as well.
“Certain chemicals found in plastic bottles can have effects on every system in our bodies. ¬†They can affect ovulation, and increase our risk of hormonally driven problems like PCOS, endometriosis and breast cancer, among other things.”
America‚Äôs Water Infrastructure Report Card for 2017 is in and it‚Äôs fair to say that there‚Äôs room for improvement.¬†It‚Äôs not exactly new news to talk about the state of America‚Äôs pipelines and how millions of Americans are drinking water that might be harmful to their health, but the report card highlights another aspect of the problem ‚Äď the waste.
Many pipes were laid during the early-mid 20th century and have a lifespan of 75‚Äź100 years. ¬†There are an estimated 240,000 pipeline fractures every year and with an average annual repair rate of 0.5%, the repairs will take around 200 years to complete, by which time the pipelines will have been around …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On February 27, 2018 7:00 am
“Housework? ¬†It can‚Äôt kill you, but why take the risk?”¬†goes the fridge magnet/meme/Birthday card for your sister. ¬†
But within that little lol, is a grain of truth. ¬†Research just published in the American Thoracic Society’s Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine has found that using chemical-laden cleaning products every day has a detrimental effect on lung health. ¬†If you use cleaning sprays regularly, then the impact can be the equivalent of smoking a full pack of cigarettes every day. ¬†
The Dangers of Chemical Cleaners
The research is pretty thorough, with scientists following 6000 test subjects over a 20-year period. ¬†The findings observe that the chemicals inhaled from …
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, …
Water is big news. ¬†Of course it is, it‚Äôs a massive part of our lives. ¬†We depend on it for life itself and yet we‚Äôre all guilty of wasting it from time to time. ¬†So how did we become so complacent …
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 ‚Äď one of the worst affected states – up to 80% of homes are supplied with water containing potentially dangerous levels …
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 …