Wastewater to Drinking Water – A Brilliant Idea or Another Fiasco?

Local water districts are beginning to pump treated wastewater into aquifers that provide drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people. Turning wastewater into drinking water – is this a brilliant idea or another fiasco? Humans are really good at the latter.

In one case in Colorado the wastewater will simply be used again as drinking water, after treatment of course. The advantage of pumping into a groundwater source is dilution. “The solution to pollution is dilution.”

The problem with this is that in bringing wastewater up to drinking water standards what are we missing? It is only within the last year that USEPA and others have realized that PFAs and PFOAs, known as the forever chemicals, are in rain across the planet and in everyone’s drinking water.

What else don’t we know?

These articles don’t mention anything about the removal of PFAs and their cousins or the removal of pharmaceuticals, which are present in all wastewater. USEPA has yet to acknowledge that pharmaceuticals in drinking water pose a health hazard. Of course they do!

Virginia Uses Treated Wastewater to Shore Up a Drinking Water Aquifer – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Colorado to reuse water for drinking, creating new supply (msn.com)

Drought and water shortages are causing water districts to do all sorts of things, particularly demanding that consumers use less water. But these same jurisdictions continue to allow new building. They are living beyond their means.

The solution is to acknowledge the limits to growth imposed by a resource such as potable water and then live within that limit.

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THE FALLACY OF WATER CONSERVATION

Six million people in Southern California will be prohibited from watering their lawns beginning June 1. In Las Vegas the water intake in Lake Mead is now partially protruding from the lake. There is no question that the Colorado River in particular and the West in general is experiencing drought. However, water conservation is a phony solution.

The fallacy of water conservation: do we need green lawns? No, of course not. The practice harkens back to medieval times when a ‘mowed landscape’ was an indication of wealth. The landowner’s livestock did the ‘mowing’. Somehow that status symbol carried on to today’s norms.

Still, lawns are useful. Continue reading

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Wildfires and Drinking Water

There is a relationship between wildfires and drinking water. When wildfires burn in areas that serve as the watershed for drinking water the quality of that drinking water will be affected the next year and perhaps longer. Fire kills the vegetation that holds soil in place. After a fire when there are heavy rains or spring snowmelt that water will carry debris down the hills and mountains to rivers and streams.

When debris is carried down the mountain it accumulates in reservoirs which serve as drinking water storage. Then when cities draw down that water and treat it with chlorine a reaction takes place that forms carcinogens. Two groups of compounds, known at the trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids are formed when chlorine interacts with organic material in the water. Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor Naval Base Pollutes Local Drinking Water

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Pearl Harbor naval base has polluted the local drinking water source. Somehow petroleum products have leaked into one of Oahu’s main water sources. This was just recently discovered after families and pets got sick from drinking the water. So far the source of the leak, likely underground storage tanks, has not been identified. This is the largest fresh water aquifer that serves the area.

Even though people are getting sick it appears as though the contaminant levels are below USEPA Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL). Therefore they don’t violate federal law. Here are several of the contaminants found in Oahu’s water. Continue reading

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Phthalates in Pex Pipe

Once again phthalates are in the news. The presence of phthalates in drinking water and food packaging is even worse than we thought. A recent study found that they may be responsible for over 100,000 deaths in America each year. Because phthalates are present in pex pipes a drinking water filter is necessary to remove them. But the filter you need depends on more than just phthalates. You have to know what other contaminants are present in your water. To find out, look for your local water report. Continue reading

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Drinking Water Reduces Heart Disease

I came across this interesting article that articulates why drinking sufficient water every day is important. Drinking water reduces heart disease, a leading cause of death in the US. I’m sure you’ve heard that but this article actually ties water consumption to heart disease and sodium levels in your body.  They found that increases in serum sodium levels affected the likelihood of heart disease MANY YEARS LATER. Make sure you’re drinking filtered water. Continue reading

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The bottled waters I recommend are spring waters local to your region

The dog days of summer are here and people are out and about, traveling and eating at restaurants. Consumption of bottled water is at its peak. The bottled waters I recommend are spring waters local to your region.

First, I only drink filtered water when I can. I carry several bottles with me in my car and when traveling for less than a week by car I carry filtered water from home. People who ride with me ask about all the water in my car, but it’s very dry here in the West. Continue reading

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Drink Water to Support Your Immune System

It’s important to stay hydrated during these stressful times. Drink water to support your immune system. Water is important to maintaining all body functions. When you drink water it is absorbed through your intestines where it serves to replenish and detoxify your body.

Unlike the myth that you must drink 8 glasses of water each day you actually obtain water from drinks including coffee as well as from food. However, drinking a glass of filtered water is the best way to hydrate and I do this upon waking every day… before that first cup of coffee. I continue to drink water throughout the day. Continue reading

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Another Study has found Cancer Causing Chemicals in City Water

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.

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Fluoride in Water Affects Children

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

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