Friday, May 11, 2012

What's lurking in the water you drink?

Some people recognize the fact that their tap water is overly polluted for everyday use. They purchase cases upon cases of bottled water in the hopes that it is free of bacteria and pollutants such as e.coli, chlorine, lead, aluminum, and pesticides to name a few. However, just because it's bottled doesn't mean it's free and clear of all toxic contaminants. Not to mention, the use of plastic bottles on a regular basis isn't good for our dear old planet earth.

So what to do? Do you resort back to drinking tap water with the hopes your water "isn't that bad"? Do you even know what could be lurking in the water flowing through your pipes and to what levels they are found? Hormones, drugs, even pesticides could be flowing from your faucet. No one can say for sure, because the government doesn't require testing for them.

Did you know even traces of arsenic have been found in regular tap water?  Arsenic is especially worrisome: Studies show that it may be linked to an array of health problems, from developmental disorders and heart disease to numerous types of cancer, including bladder, lung, liver, skin, and kidney. Even more concerning, some experts think that arsenic might be harmful below its current EPA standard, a level that was already lowered (from 50 parts per billion to 10) in 2001. "As newer studies come out, they're showing health problems at lower and lower doses [of arsenic], including some conditions, such as immune problems and cognitive effects in children, we've never associated with it before," says Joshua W. Hamilton, Ph.D., a project leader in the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program at Dartmouth College.

In a recent article published by Better Housekeeping it was quoted that, "some areas don't check their water at all or, if they do, don't report test results. We're not talking about just a few rogue violators: In 2009, 28% of all U.S. systems broke at least one significant EPA rule. If the violation is "innocent" — a town lacks the resources or technical expertise to meet the standards — the state or the EPA may lend assistance or money to help. But EPA grants are scarce, so while communities wait for them, residents continue to drink suspect water. The EPA can take legal action as well, or fine a water authority that won't comply — but in the past 10 years, out of thousands and thousands of violations, there have been only 349 cases of towns, other water suppliers, or industry paying a fine for violating any part of the Safe Drinking Water Act."

So considering the EPA allows for certain levels of toxic chemicals to lurk in your water, do you still want to let them have full control of the water YOU drink? Certain solutions can be at your fingertips. Although bottled waters seems like  a good alternative to somewhat protect yourself with the water you drink, what about the water you wash your fruits and vegetables in or bathe your children with?

Carico water filters offer you a solution to not only make sure the water you drink is clean, but to also make sure the water you wash your vegetables, bathe your children in, and wash your car with are free of chemicals and pollutants.

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And if you're concerned about what's lurking in your water, check out more of the article published in Better Housekeeping by clicking here.