Art use generously allowed by Helen Zughaib Ⓒ - title is Mishwaral Elayn
From an article in the June 2000 Newsletter of the Environmental Defense Organization
Contaminated water does not necessarily look, smell or
taste any different than clean water and your supply can even
be affected by a home's aging lead pipes, lead solder or
brass fittings. State health departments can test your water,
as can private laboratories. You can also learn about your
water from federally mandated Consumer Confidence Reports,
which are distributed by larger water utilities.
There is no problem-free way to disinfect public drinking
water, especially when it has to travel long distances. Most
communities rely on chlorination but Environmental Defense
prefers non-chlorinated water treatment because chlorination
can produce carcinogenic contaminants.
If you get your water from a well, you should have it
tested if it's near a chemical facility, pipeline or
livestock confinement area, within 50 feet of a septic tank,
or near a junkyard or road-salt storage site. For well owners
(about 95 percent of rural residents), the U.S. Department of
Agriculture through its cooperative extension agencies
maintains a program called Home*A*Syst that offers a step-by-
step tour of potential sources of well contamination.
Home water filters can do a good job of removing many
contaminants. There's a bewildering variety to chose from,
including under-the-sink models, carafes, and faucet-mounted
units. The most expensive units are not necessarily the best.
According to Consumers Union, even inexpensive carafes ($10
to $30) effectively filter lead and chloroform (a chlorine
byproduct). Remember to replace the disposable filter in
these units. It loses effectiveness after a month or two.
Message in a Bottle
Consumers who don't trust their public water (or don't like
its taste) are increasingly turning to bottled water as an
alternative. More than 80 million Americans drink bottled
water regularly, with sales topping $4 billion in 1998. It
turns out, however, that up to 40 percent of bottled water
comes from the tap. Alaskan Falls water, for example, comes
from the Worthington, OH, city water supply.
In a major loophole, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
excuses 70 percent of bottled water from regulation because
it is packaged and sold within the same state. And when
regulations are applied, they're often weaker than the
standards governing urban tap water. Tests on 103 brands of
bottled water found that a third had "significant
The Clean Water Network, at (202) 289-2395, offers a $5
report with state-by-state breakdowns of water quality,
including violations, enforcement and wetlands destruction.
The EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 can
help you find a certified water testing laboratory in your
The Natural Resources Defense Council's report on bottled
water, "Pure Drink or Pure Hype?" is available in a 209-page
print version for $14 at (212) 727-4486, or can be found on
the web (below).
For these and other resources on the web, see
--By Jim Motavalli
Ann's NOTE: I began using a steam distiller to produce water in the fall of 1995, after a first recurrence of breast cancer. My new home in Florida (built from scratch) contains a fully filtered system that yields water without chlorine (one of my 'sensitivities') from all taps and has a special output for distilled quality water at the kitchen sink. Luckily I could afford it.
Cancer survivor's view of
a countertop distiller
A catalogue, one of several
that offer products like these
Must read tips
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Folic acid supplementation lowers blood arsenic
J Physical Chemistry B, 1/02
Silver Protects Against Germs (water)
Env Science & Technology,
Triclosan Bcomes Dioxin in Ultraviolet Light
American Society for Microbiology, 7/02
UV Light & Clean, Cheap Water
Food Addit Contam, 12/03
Polycarbonate Water Linked to Chromosomal Aberrations
LINK to UK "Plumbed in pure chilled filtered
water coolers and fountains"
A Flanders, NJ company
J Human Nutr & Dietetics
LINK to interesting
Posted May 2006
J Science & Healing,
LINK to company
offering premium reverse osmosis systems, whole house water filters, faucets, shower filters & replacement filters for all systems on the market.
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