Another study has found cancer causing chemicals in city water. There’s nothing new about this. What’s new is that USEPA is rolling back some protections for drinking water. I’ve been telling you for years that there are carcinogens in city water.
This time of year the Environmental Working Group starts talking about contaminants in water as part of their annual fund raising efforts. Expect to hear more in the coming months. The concerns are legitimate.
If you are drinking unfiltered tap water then you are exposing yourself to carcinogens every day. Some people eat organic food but still drink tap water.
A study suggests fluoride in water affects children, in particular the IQ of boys. A news story on CNN announced the findings of a study released on August 19, 2019 which shows a correlation between fluoride in the drinking water of pregnant women and the IQ of their children when measured at 3 to 4 years old.
“The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, found that increased levels of fluoride exposure during pregnancy were associated with declines in IQ in children.” – CNN
Other studies have suggested that fluoride is a neurotoxin but this is the first to study levels of fluoride commonly present in water supplies throughout the United States and Canada. That suggests that current levels of fluoride need to be evaluated further as a potentail neurotoxin affecting our children. Continue reading
Under no circumstances would I ever drink plastic bottled water that’s been in the sun or exposed to high heat by sitting in the car. Plastic water bottles release toxins when exposed to sun or heat.
It’s that simple.
This article came out at the end of last week and it contains a variety of misleading information. Not the least of which is the bottled water association saying the bottled water exposed to heat is just fine.
Most bottles water in stores is sold in PET bottles. This study indicates that plastic water bottles exposed to sun or heat releases toxins although they are not the ones you commonly hear about: Continue reading
I found this alarming article demonstrating that pex pipe leaches carcinogens into drinking water.
People who call me about water purification often ask what type of pipes I prefer in a home. My answer is copper. Some people think that copper leaches into their water but that is typical only when there is low pH water. Older copper pipes of course use lead solder and the lead is a problem if it leaches into your water.
In any case I prefer copper to the newer pipe options that are cheaper and easier to use.
One popular pipe these days is pex. I recently researched leaching in pex pipes and found this article clearly showing the pex pipe leaches carcinogens into drinking water. If you have a newer home I urge you to read it: Continue reading
It turns out that unregulated pesticides in drinking water are more dangerous than previously known.
For some years I’ve been warning about the presence of unregulated pesticides in drinking water. This occurs where there is farming upstream of you if your water supply is a river. (example: Mississippi River) It can also happen if your water comes from wells and there is farming nearby. (example: Central Valley of California). These unregulated pesticides, a class known as neonicotinoids, were discovered in every river in the Midwest. See my own article here in 2014: Continue reading
PFAs are present in 99% of people tested. This article talks about their prevalence and how to remove PFAs from water in your house.
PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances were invented in the 1950s. They are used in products like non-stick pans and stain or water resistant carpeting or furniture. Now they are everywhere. I recently learned that they are present in the Glide floss I am using. We take in PFAs through eating and drinking and contact with products…like floss.
Here’s the best article I’ve found that talks about the research being done: Continue reading
A recent study has revealed a link between bacteria residing in your showerhead and lung infections. The study shows that bacteria in your showerhead can make you sick. One type of mycobacteria can cause a lung infection if inhaled while showering.
Mycobacteria are resistant to chlorine, therefore they remain in your water even though it’s been treated with chlorine to kill bacteria. They thrive in water. They may reside in your showerhead because the inside remains moist all the time. When you take a shower they can be flushed out where you can inhale them. Continue reading
Are you eating organic food but drinking tap water? Many of use eat organic food for the purpose of avoiding pesticides and other additives. I know I do. But did you know these same chemicals you’re attempting to avoid may be present in your tap water? Start by finding and reviewing your local water quality report. If the chemicals, such as atrazine (a pesticide) are regulated then they will be listed on your local water quality report. If they are unregulated, such as numerous nematicides commonly used in farming, then they will not be listed. Still, if you live in an area where there is farming upstream of you, it is very likely that they are in your water. Continue reading
An Amoeba in tap water kills woman in Seattle. How can you protect yourself?
The death of a woman in Seattle from an amoeba in her tap water has people wondering how to protect themselves. This is apparently the second infection in Seattle from granulomatous amoebic encephalitis (GAE), one of three brain eating species of Amoeba known to exist in the US. There have been an estimated 109 known infections in the US since 1974. Ninety percent were fatal. Continue reading
When buying a whole house water filter size is important.
One aspect of water treatment seldom mentioned to consumers is contact time. Incoming water must remain in contact with the carbon in your filter for a certain amount of time in order for contaminants to be removed. In the case of chloramine, which is very difficult to remove from water, a 2 cu ft whole house water can completely remove chloramine at a flow rate of 3 gallons per minute (gpm). If the water is flowing faster than 3 gpm some chloramine will remain in the water. So the size of your whole house water filter is important to removing contaminants.
Another issue is that cities will add more chloramine in the summer months and less in the winter. The amount of chloramine in your water also matters.
Most whole house filters are tested for the removal of chlorine, which happens to be the easiest contaminant in water to remove. NSF42, an aesthetic certification touted by water treatment dealers relates to the reduction of chlorine.
Consumers are often fooled into thinking that this certification means their water is contaminant free. However, this is not the case.