We all know by now how important is to drink abundant water on a regular basis. The question is: how safe is your tap water and what are the alternatives? After you learn the scary facts, ask yourself: how this information can affect you and your loved ones and how to protect yourself. Consider some recently published facts:
Sep 14, 2009 NEW YORK — An estimated 1 in 10 Americans have been exposed to drinking water that contains dangerous chemicals or fails to meet a federal health benchmark in other ways, an investigation by The New York Times has found. A report of the investigation was published in the September 13 edition of the newspaper.
“Those exposures include carcinogens in the tap water of major American cities and unsafe chemicals in drinking-water wells. Wells, which are not typically regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, are more likely to contain contaminants than municipal water systems,” the report said. It notes that many who consume dangerous chemicals through their drinking water do not realize it because “most of today’s water pollution has no scent or taste.”
The Times said its research included the review of “hundreds of thousands of water pollution records” from all 50 states and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, as well as from more than 250 interviews with state and federal regulators, water-systems managers, environmental advocates and scientists. The Times compiled a national database of water pollution violations “that is more comprehensive than those maintained by states or the EPA,” the report said.
The Times says its research shows that 40 percent of the nation’s community water systems violated the Safe Drinking Water Act at least once last year. “Those violations ranged from failing to maintain proper paperwork to allowing carcinogens into tap water. More than 23 million people received drinking water from municipal systems that violated a health-based standard,” the report said.
The Times reported that the federal Clean Water Act, a water pollution-control law passed in 1972, has been violated more than 506,000 times since 2004, by more than 23,000 companies and other facilities, according to reports submitted by polluters themselves. “Companies sometimes test what they are dumping only once a quarter, so the actual number of days when they broke the law is often far higher. And some companies illegally avoid reporting their emissions, say officials, so infractions go unrecorded,” according to the report.
The Times said its research reveals that fewer than 3 percent of Clean Water Act violations resulted in fines or other significant punishments by state officials, and that the EPA often declined to prosecute polluters or force states to strengthen their enforcement.
The report is part of The New York Times series, “Toxic Waters,” which is about the worsening pollution of America’s waters and regulators’ response.
Now that you have gained awareness as to the potential dangers of drinking tap water, we can address that all important question:
How to protect yourself
The answer is easy: drink only purified water, with the best alternative being a POU (point of use) Reverse Osmosis system. Note that commonly used filters will remove chlorine, but can leave behind most of the dangerous contaminants. Bottled water can be safe also, but it is often filtered tap water and the environmental consequences of the trillions of plastic bottles are a big downside for environmentally conscious people.
To find a reliable water purification system visit your local water store or you can get a Free Reverse Osmosis system with purchase of a Scalewatcher eco-friendly hard water conditioner. The Free RO systems can be obtained online at Aqua Genesis Co. found at www.aquagenesisUSA.com while they run these price specials.
Sources: Contaminated water drunk by 1 in 10 Americans, Water Technology Magazine.
Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering , New York Times.
Cocaine, Spices, Hormones Found in Drinking Water, National Geographic News.
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