Toxins in Drinking Water Increase in Spring and Summer

This is national drinking water week and I wanted to share this note of awareness with you.

As summer approaches the toxin levels in your water will increase. Chlorine and chloramine levels
are increased by cities to stem the growth of bacteria due to warm weather. As a result there
will be an increase in the carcinogenic byproducts of chlorination, among them the trihalomethanes
and haloactic acids.

As farmers take to the fields the levels of pesticides will increase and also nitrates. The latter
are a serious problem in agricultural communities. While USEPA allows up to 10 parts per million (ppm)
I am hesitant to drink water containing 3 ppm. Recent studies have shown serious problems at 5 ppm.
Also please note that it is never advisable to boil water containing nitrates. Boiling concentrates
the water and the level of nitrates will increase.

If you’ve not already done so I invite you to find and read your local water quality report to look
at the contaminants in your water. Different contaminants are resolved by different treatment methods.
You can often find the report by googling ‘your city, state’ water quality report.

And for any men reading this or for women to point out to their man, see the post below about pesticides
affecting male hormones…who wants that?

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About James McMahon

Studied ecology at the University of Illinois, mountain survival at Eastern Washing University, Deep Ecology at Naropa, River Ecology with The Nature Conservancy and Luna Leopold
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