Archives : 2014 : January
Even if your water well only supports your household, it needs to be tested regularly for contamination.
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Drinking Well Contamination
Many areas in the United States, especially rural areas, utilize water wells to supply their drinking water. These wells are as susceptible to water contamination as municipal water sources – if not more so in some cases. Additionally, these wells are not regulated by the EPA as municipal water is, so the well owner is solely responsible in ensuring there is zero drinking water contamination present in the water well. It is critical that you test your water well for contamination on a regular basis, because any type of contaminated water can cause illness and potentially death.
Water Well Facts
According to the Centers for Disease Control – you know them as the CDC – 15 million households in the United States get their drinking water from water wells, and all homes sharing the same aquifer are affected by any water well contamination. Water contamination inside these wells can actually occur naturally, resulting from the chemicals and minerals found in our water. Other ways water wells become contaminated is through runoff from food and animal farming and sewage overflows. Read more »
This looks pretty, but it might not be safe to drink!
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Choosing the Right Berkey System
If you’ve been following my blog, and I hope that you have been, you’ve read several critical reasons why it is important to filter the tap water pouring into your home. You should never trust that the water supplied by your municipality is safe for consumption. If you’re reading this blog post, you’ve hopefully decided to purchase a Berkey water filter system, but which one is right for you? I’ll explain the different water filter systems to make your choice easier!
The Crown Berkey filtration system is the granddaddy of the Berkey units. It was inspired by the need for larger quantities of safe, filtered water after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Crown Berkey water filter is the water filter system that can support the H2O demand of disaster relief efforts, hospitals, and other large volume needs. The unit’s specifics are: Read more »
Boiling water at a rolling boil for one minute sterilizes it from bacteria, protozoa, and viral infection.
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Does Drinking Water Need to be Guarded from Terrorist Attacks?
September 11, 2001, is a day that changed the way we perceive terrorism. We had experienced terrorism on our soil in the past, but not to the degree of the 9/11 attacks. People naturally fear that water will be in short supply following a terrorist attack. Water is a crucial component to any disaster preparedness plan. But, what about terrorists actually compromising our water supply itself and using it to attack us? It could happen, and our drinking water does need to be guarded from terrorist attacks.
You see, biohazard and chemical warfare are real in today’s medicinally and technologically advanced world. One way to terrorize any nation is to poison its water supply. A tainted water supply will not only make the nation’s people and animals sick, it will also destroy all of the nation’s crops. Those who survive the tainted water would inevitably starve to death. If you don’t believe me, look at the countries throughout the world currently battling starvation. One of the key reasons people are starving to death in third-world countries is because they do not have an adequate supply of clean water. Read more »
Ways to Cut Your Water Usage that are right for YOU
Back in my college days when the first rumblings of the conservation and sustainability movements were being felt, we had an expression that became a bumper-sticker philosophical gem… “Save water… shower with a friend!” Translation: “Conservation can be fun!” In the late 60’s young people were just becoming aware of the unthinking waste of resources that flowed from the affluence and innovation of the WW2 generation.
Today water conservation has become a permanent part of our society, in part due to increased public awareness and in part through legislation. Virtually every aspect of our water usage has been subject to local and federal rules and regulations. All new toilets, faucets, showerheads and many appliances must conform to federal guidelines limiting water flow rates. Washing machines have been subject to such radical rules that many top-loaders must use a special type of detergent to clean properly! Similarly, handling of waste water has been tightly regulated as the pollution of ground water has emerged in some areas as health and safety nightmares. Read more »
Stop! Soda can literally kill you! Drink water instead!
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Water Defeated Soda to Become the #1 Drink in America
I’m proud to say that water has officially defeated soda to become the number one drink in America… at least for now. People talk plenty about the soda wars between Coca Cola and Pepsi, which began with some ridiculous and costly advertising campaigns in the 1980s. The campaigns worked, however, and America became addicted to soda and the high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners found within the bubbly beverage. Over the years, we’ve suffered from our addiction to soda, and it looks like we are finally seeing the light and giving up that nasty syrupy stuff for the refresher that nature makes: water! Read more »
Benzene leaches into groundwater from landfills.
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Benzene in Drinking Water
It is unfortunate, but there are so many dangerous compounds that we must worry about finding their way into our water supply. I’ve discussed many of these compounds in my past posts, now I’d like to educate you about benzene in water. Benzene in drinking water is a serious concern, and has been listed as a no-no by the EPA since the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Please allow me to take a moment and answer some important questions about benzene and its effect on drinking water.
Q: What is the compound benzene?
A: Benzene is classified as a volatile organic chemical compound.
Q: You just said volatile; does that mean benzene is flammable? Read more »