Unregulated Pesticides in Drinking Water are more Dangerous

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

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How to Remove PFAs from Water in your House

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

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Bacteria in Your Showerhead Can Make You Sick

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

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Are you eating organic food but drinking tap water?

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

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Amoeba in Tap Water Kills Woman in Seattle

An Amoeba in tap water has killed a 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

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When Buying A Whole House Water Filter Size Is Important

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.

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Bacteria in City Water Causing Sickness and Death

Bacteria in City Water is causing sickness and death. Illness and Deaths due to contaminated city water has increaased, according to new reports by the Center for Disease Control. Interestingly, most of the problems stem from bacteria, in particular Legionella, which was also discovered in the water towers at Disney World just recently.

‘These outbreaks led to at least 1,006 cases of illness, 124 hospitalizations and 13 deaths across Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.’

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63 Million People Exposed to Toxins in Drinking Water

The best water filter is the one that removes the contaminants in your water.

Just today an article came out discussing the fact that some 63 million people have been exposed to dangerous toxins in their water during the past ten years. You can read that article here:

http://tinyurl.com/y76hl7to

But I want to caution you not to generalize as a result of reading this. Continue reading

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Drinking Water Affects the Health of Young Men

People are not taking the problems with drinking water seriously enough. Perhaps you are …. because you’re reading this article. But most people are not. There are two big news items out just this week that pertain to tap water. First is that drinking water affects the health of young men.

One study cites a 50% decline in the sperm count of men in the US and Europe. That relates to the use of plastics and the presence of endocrine disruptors in water. If your water source is a river with cities upstream these are in your water. Continue reading

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Whole House Water Filter – Backwash Filters Are Better Than Upflow

This article is intended to clarify the difference between my Urban Defender, a backwashing whole house water filter, and cheaper whole house carbon systems that do not backwash. Learn more here. Upflow filters cost less and are less effective. Backwash filters are more effective at contaminant removal and last longer. Finally, at the end of this article I’ll also address some misleading claims made by the manufacturers of upflow filters.

The backwash function on a whole house water filter cleans and redistributes the carbon media on a consistent basis at a specified flow rate for a specified length of time.  The backwash also removes media fines to the drain.  Proper back wash helps to provide consistent flow, increased contaminant removal and longer media life.

Upflow filters are less effective at contaminant removal

An upflow filter with no backwash results in inconsistent, typically inadequate flow to keep the media bed clean.  An Upflow system is designed such that the water flows up through the media, theoretically eliminating the need for backwash while also providing a system that costs less. Continue reading

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