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Could a lack of clean water cause wars?

Purifying water with reverse osmosis and water filtration is the number one focus for Angel Water and their technicians. We strive to create clean water for our customers and emphasize the importance of water education on a global scale.

We also educate customers on the importance of water education and water conservation. We know that the climate has been seriously harmed by destructive agricultural and economic practices.

Why is water education important?

As the scarcity of water becomes a more serious concern, we often wonder how that will impact communities on a global scale? According to the Scientific American, it could cause political upheaval, migrations and economic instability in multiple continents.

A girl carries water back to her home in an area for displaced Sudanese in the southern Sudanese city of Juba, SudanSpencer Platt/Getty Images
A girl carries water back to her home in an area for displaced Sudanese in the southern Sudanese city of Juba, SudanSpencer Platt/Getty Images

As populations boom and climate change becomes more intense, water scarcity is expected to increase globally, according to a report by the World Bank.

“Water is to adaptation what energy is to mitigation, and the challenges the world will face in adapting to water issues are enormous,” the report said.

While communities in Barrington and Northwest Chicagoland will be spared for now, water scarcity is expected hit sub-Saharan and Northern Africa, the Middle East and large parts of Asia. This trend is expected to continue if carbon emissions are not reduced.

Richard Damania, a lead economist at the World Bank and an author of the report, told reporters, “Climate change is really about hydrological change, and it’s really about water change.”

What are the global impacts of water scarcity?

More importantly, the Scientific American looks at the global impacts of what could happen when water is not flowing so freely. One of the major issues they touch on is the long-term effects of draining aquifers in sub-Saharan Africa.

With refugee camps popping up at an alarming rate, scientists wonder how much longer aquifers can sustain themselves and what will happen when they are drained.

A woman in the Middle East carries water jugs to be refilled from a local water supply.
A woman in the Middle East carries water jugs to be refilled from a local water supply.

Another water problem scientists face is how middle eastern countries will store water when drough hits.

“Countries like Pakistan can only store about 30 days’worth of water—that’s hugely inadequate when you look at climate change,” said David Michel, a nonresident fellow of the Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center, a nonprofit organization that works on U.S. security challenges.

Conserving water starts with you

At Angel Water, we strive to educate our customers about the importance of water conservation.

According to CircleofBlue.org, a website founded to call attention to the world’s dwindling resources, “global demand for fresh water – mainly from agriculture, industry and expanding cities – is growing so fast that, by 2030, supplies will be scarce enough to threaten economic development, political stability, and public health.”

Why is water conservation so important? 

Dishes are Cloudy by Angel Water Inc.

Does knowing that water might not flow from our taps as easily make the issue seem more pressing? It definitely should.

In case it doesn’t, NASA released a study that predicted a massive drought will devastate the Southwest and Central Plains later this century.

So what can we do? Can we sit here and wait for devastation to hit just like scientists predicted? Yes, of course we can. But we can also empower ourselves to make changes designed to preserve the life forms and resources this planet has so generously provided.

We must act and we must do it now. After all, it could save you money.

Saving money and water conservation

One way to preserve water in your home is to take shorter showers, do larger loads of laundry and turn the water off when brushing teeth. But this is common sense for most.

Another, more effective way of conserving water and lowering your water bill is by knowing your home’s most expensive water spots.

What’s a water spot? 

“Drinking and cooking accounts for 5 percent,” according to Mark LeChevallier, vice president and chief environmental officer for American Water, the largest publicly traded American water and wastewater utility company, headquartered in Voorhees, New Jersey.

“An average person uses up to 50 gallons of water indoors each day,” LeChevallier says. “Out of those internal 50 gallons, toilets generally account for 45 percent. Bathing or showering accounts for about 30 percent.”

Once you’re aware that flushing the toilet wastes an excessive amount of water, you could work on preventing waste in the kitchen and laundry room. According to LeChevallier, twenty percent of your household’s water is likely going to laundry and dishes.

And what about watering your lawn? Well, that’s basically like throwing dollars in the dirt.

By recognizing the importance and scarcity of water, we can help preserve it and sustain the planet for future generations. It only takes a few simple steps and those steps start with you. Start today and you can help impact future generations.

Using water filters at school

Clean water for all students

Using water filters can help improve health and wellness in a variety of ways. Water filters from Angel Water can remove chemicals and bacteria from your water supply. They can also provide clean tasting water and give you peace of mind because you know your water is safe.

Photo Credit: Michael Manor, The Chronicle
Photo Credit: Michael Manor, The Chronicle

Water filters are generally installed in homes, but with the rising concern about lead contamination, many schools across the nation are now installing them for students to use. Not only do these filters eliminate unnecessary waste from plastic water bottles, they also encourage students to drink water over sports or sugary drinks.

According to the Sanfrancisco Chronicle, high school district officials in San Mateo spent $28,000 last summer installing eight high-tech water dispensers created by Bay Area water filtration FloWater.

Who is FloWater?

FloWater’s chief executive, Rich Razgaitis, said he wants to address demands for safe water and eliminate the need for plastic water bottles. When he started his company a few years ago, he wanted to make the act of drinking water something “epic.”

“Our vision is to be the Nespresso, the Tesla, the iPhone of water,” he said. “Our solution is take tap water, and create this epic experience that’s fun and cool and it tastes

In the San Mateo There are eight water filters in total and one of them uses reverse osmosis, a process that pulls water through a semi-permeable membrane to remove heavy metals and other toxins that can penetrate the body.

The decision to install water filters in the school was about giving all students access to clean regardless of income. This keeps all students safe from the mental and physical harms that come with drinking polluted water.

Prior to installing the water filters, the schools decided not to test their water. That’s because laws in California don’t require drinking water to be tested. Angel Water always recommends that well water and city water be tested.

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Reducing plastic waste with renewable resources

According to banthebottle.net, the average American uses 167 plastic water bottles per year, but only recycles about 38. When we look at that from a national perspective, Americans waste more than $1 billon worth of plastic every year.

Using renewable resources

Plastic waste is a serious issue, because it does not biodegrade and often ends up in landfills or worse, our water supply. But, with the help of Ari Jonsson, a student at the Iceland Academy or the Arts, the United States could drastically reduce its plastic consumption by relying on renewable resources.

Plastic water bottles often end up in landfills or worse, our water supply.
Plastic water bottles often end up in landfills or worse, our water supply.

 

By using agar powder, a component in red algae that supports cell walls, Jonsson has created a new type of water bottle that decomposes upon emptying. Interestingly enough, the bottle is non-toxic and can be eaten. Jonsson warns that agar is used as a laxative, so eating it might not be the best idea.

“I read that 50 percent of plastic is used once and then thrown away so I feel there is an urgent need to find ways to replace some of the unreal amount of plastic we make, use and throw away each day,” said Jonsson.

Facts about plastic water bottles from banthebottle.net:

  • If you don’t like the taste of your tap water, try a reverse osmosis water filtration system with Angel Water.
  • Dr. Gina Solomon, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, told The New York Times that “there is no reason to believe that bottled water is safer than tap water.”
  • In the U.S., public water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which requires multiple daily tests for bacteria and makes results available to the public. The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates bottled water, only requires weekly testing and does not share its findings with the EPA.

The biodegradable water bottle is still in its early phases of design and is not available for retail. But still, as young entrepreneurs create earth-friendly inventions, there is no doubt that our desire to improve the planet will outweigh our ability to destroy it.

Water Testing in Chicago

Lead poisoning leads to water tests in Chicago homes

With lead poisoning plaguing many parts of the nation, Chicago plans to start water testing in homes with children who have poisoned. This decision came after the epidemic in Flint, MI where the entire town suffers from the physical, mental and emotional effects of being poisoned.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a top official at the Chicago Department of Public Health revealed the new program Monday during a presentation to lawyers, physicians, researchers and advocates referencing the ever-present threat of water laced with lead.

Lead contamination in Chicago impacted low-income neighborhoods.
Lead contamination in Chicago impacted low-income neighborhoods.

What’s the problem?

Lead poisoning is not associated with affluent neighborhoods in Chicago. Instead, the epidemic often hits homes of African-American children who have been forced to endure the socioeconomic effects of growing up on the south and west sides of the city.

Lead poisoning has been linked to:

  • Stomach problems
  • Constant fatigue
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Lower cognitive function
  • Increased aggression

“We recognize the water in Chicago is generally safe, but to reassure people I think drawing more samples would be very helpful,” Dr. Cort Lohff, the health department’s director of environmental health, said after the meeting organized by the Loyola University Center for the Human Rights of Children. “If we find elevated levels, we can work with the water department to mitigate the problem.”

In the past, Chicago has not emphasized the importance of water testing. This shift in perspective shows how serious lead poisoning can be and how almost no one is safe from the consequences.

According to the Department of Water Management, Chicago required the use of lead pipes until the federal government banned them nationwide in the mid-1980s. Lead service lines connect nearly 80 percent of the city’s properties to street mains.

If you want to keep your family safe from the consequences of lead poisoning, make sure to schedule a water test today. By getting your water tested now you can prevent problems in the future and help educate friends and family on the importance of clean water.

What does clean water mean to you?

Working with Angel Water

At Angel Water, we strive to educate customers on the importance of clean water. It’s our job to let you know about the latest trends in lead removal, reverse osmosis and water purification. We believe that providing our customers with the right kind of knowledge, we can improve lives while improving water quality.

Our Ecowater reverse osmosis systems are designed with four different filters or membranes. We use high quality equipment and up to date technology as a means of providing you with outstanding service.
Our Ecowater reverse osmosis systems are designed with four different filters or membranes. We use high quality equipment and up to date technology as a means of providing you with outstanding service.

We are located in Barrington, IL and have been Providing clean water to the Chicagoland area for over 40 years. Our team is comprised of service technicians, plumbers and office administration. By working in harmony we’re able to provide clean water to our customers and friends. Watch us in action by clicking right here.

Why do you need clean water?
The New York Times Toxic Water Study analyzed water in all 50 states and found things like lead, barium, chlorine, arsenic and copper. With an alarming rate of chemicals and contaminants in the water we drink, don’t you think it’s time for you to protect yourself?

The New York Times reports, “The 35-year-old federal law regulating tap water is so out of date that the water Americans drink can pose what scientists say are serious health risk.”

Using Reverse Osmosis
Our Reverse Osmosis systems are designed to remove contaminants throughout the entire house. Reverse osmosis water filtration systems work on city water and well water. If you are not sure what kind of you water you are drinking, schedule an appointment with one of our water testers today.

Educating one customer at a time

Not only do we install the latest NSF certified water filtration systems and reverse osmosis systems, we also educate our customers on the best water to drink. By shedding light on myths about water, we improve the quality of life for many people.

Our Reverse Osmosis systems can help protect you from the negative consequences of fluoride. Fluoride is put in our water to help reduce the amount of cavities, however it is linked to serious health effects. Some of those include arthritis, thyroid disease and gastrointestinal effects.

For more educational opportunities, our customers can find out current news and updates related to water on our Facebook page.

Lead contamination appears across the country

Lead pipes can play a major role in the lead contamination taking place across the U.S.
Lead pipes can play a major role in the lead contamination taking place across the U.S.

Lead Poisoning in the United States

In the United States over 2,000 water systems tested positive for high levels of lead contamination. One of the main reasons people are so aware about testing for lead in their water is because of the corruption surrounding Flint, MI.

According to the US Census Bureau, more than half of the homes in the U.S. were built before 1980 and it’s possible those homes could contain lead plumbing. For those counting, that means 75 millions homes have become susceptible to the threat of lead poisoning.

For the families living there, that means:

  • They might endure lower cognitive function
  • Have headaches on a regular basis
  • Have mood swings on a regular basis
  • Endure constant stomach pain and intestinal issues

But it’s not only homes that have been negatively impacted by lead. According to Minds.com, “of the 2,000 contaminated systems, roughly 350 of them supplied water to day cares and elementary schools and at least 180 of them did not notify the consumers of the lead levels, as instructed to by the federal government.”

In Pennsylvania, one preschool registered with lead levels that were 14 times higher than the recommended  limit set by the EPA. According to Minds.com, another day care in Maine registered with lead levels that were 42 times higher than the federally regulated standard.

It appears that lead poisoning is a national crisis that has been overlooked for a long time. If trends continue, it’s likely that our nation will continue to suffer.

“You would hope that the cities and the counties and the state and the federal government would be holding people’s feet to the fire when it comes to providing quality water to the consumer if there is an issue,” said Terry Heckman, a board member at the Arizona Water Quality Association.

According to Heckman, water testing on a state-by-state basis is easy and should be done more often, considering only 50 to 100 taps need to be tested in regional district.

“People are legitimately concerned about what they’re hearing in the wake of Flint,” said Lynn Thorp, of the advocacy group Clean Water Action, who recently served on a federal work-group on lead in drinking water. “As long as we have lead in contact with drinking water, we can have exposure at the tap.”

How does clean water change lives?

Working With World Water Day 2016

Life wouldn’t exist without water. But often times, access to clean water is much easier said than done. The theme of 2016 World Water Day – Better water, better jobs – strives to show how clean water can create work and develop sustainable methods of living.

World Water Day celebrates  more sustainable methods of living.
World Water Day celebrates more sustainable methods of living.

For the global workers of the world, water has a direct impact on the quality of life. According to International Business Times, over 340,000 workers die because of inadequate water supply and sanitation. Fishermen, farmers and factories all depend on the quality of water. International Business Times also states that in factories, 38 workers die from water-related diseases every hour, which can be prevented with cleaner water and sanitation.

Women, Children and Water

For women and children, collecting water is a full-time job. Often times a water source is located far away from their residence and making the treck can sometimes take hours. Even though water is essential to life, the woman’s duty is not recognized or appreciated. In addition, these women and children are not getting paid to complete their duties, making it harder than ever to create a stable and autonomous life.

By recognizing the theme of World Water Day, women and children can learn skills that prepare them to enter the work force instead of spending their time collecting water. World Water Day can highlight the way lives are changed if access to clean water is guaranteed.

A girl carries water back to her home in an area for displaced Sudanese in the southern Sudanese city of Juba, SudanSpencer Platt/Getty Images
A girl carries water back to her home in an area for displaced Sudanese in the southern Sudanese city of Juba, SudanSpencer Platt/Getty Images

Using water in better ways

By learning how to use water in better ways, our planet can develop sustainable methods of living and provide a better life for all people. Let’s allow World Water Day to do just that as we work towards better education, better jobs and of course, better water.

 

Military uses water testing to stop contaminants

How does the military use water testing?

Since December 2015, the EPA has performed water testing at various military sites across the U.S.. These sites have been tested for contamination from a foam used in crash and fire fighting training. In total, 664 sites will be tested.

So far 28 naval sites have been tested with one in New Jersey and one in Virgina showing contamination levels above the EPA’s standards. Military personnel are being supplied with water bottles to prevent further contamination and dehydration.

Why is Water Testing Important?

Testing water on a regular basis is important because it allows consumers to know what they’re drinking. It also ensures that consumers are safe from contaminants that could get into water. Besides chemicals used at military sites, water tests look for high levels of bacteria, nitrates and man-made chemicals.

Reddish Brown Stains by Angel Water Inc.
Water testing with Angel Water can help prevent the spread of disease.

 

Here’s a list of things that could end up in your water:
Radium
Chlorine
Pesticides
Fluoride
Arsenic
Asbestos
Copper
Cyanide
Lead
Barium
Fecal waste (Nitrates and Nitrites)
Uranium
Gasoline

Well-water Testing

Besides groundwater, the EPA is also testing wells in rural areas near the military sites. They are testing for perfluoridated chemicals in drinking water that have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancer.

According to Daily Kos, Chris Evans, of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, credited the Navy with being proactive but said he’s concerned anytime there’s a potential threat to human health and the environment.

“We’ll follow EPA’s lead as this develops,” said Evans, the director of the office of remediation programs.

Water Testing in Illinois

In Illinois, the only way to know that your water is safe is to have it tested on an annual basis. Usually, water problems can be spotted by discoloration or putrid smells, but not all water problems can be identified by the human eye.

Water testing ensures that the water you’re drinking is safe and free of bacteria, fecal waste or man-made chemicals. In Illinois, municipal water sources are tested on an annual basis but private wells are not. This makes testing well water especially important since it is not monitored by the EPA.

Testing Your Water with Angel Water

By getting your water tested by Angel Water, you can identify what’s in your water and you can learn how to remove any unwanted contaminants. We work to educate our customers about purifying water and removing anything that could cause harm.

Bioaccumulation impacts drinking water

How does Bioaccumulation impact water?
When plastic gets into our water supply it’s not good. Over time, it often causes a buildup of toxic chemicals in everything from the alge floating on the surface to the humans that are drinking it.

This picture shows how bioaccumulation and biomagnification impact the environments around them.
This picture shows how bioaccumulation and biomagnification impact the environments around them.

With the crisis in Flint, Michigan, the EPA’s lead spill in 2015, and the nuclear waste in Fukushima, our planet’s water supply has been absorbing chemicals for a very long time.

This has impacted us by increasing our exposure to chemicals through the food we eat and the water we drink.

Consequences of bioaccumulation
The early consequences of bioaccumulation appeared in 1950’s Japan when a list of neurological disorders appeared in Minamata city’s residents. The incidence was traced back to fish and shellfish that contained high levels of methylmercury.

The methylmercury was coming from Chisso Corporation’s Minamata factory, the largest Japanese producer of acetaldehyde, a chemical used in manufacturing plastics. It turns out the factory was discharging excessive amounts of methylmercury into the Yatsushiro Sea.

What about BPA’s?
BPA’s are today’s biggest concerns when thinking about bioaccumulation. According to Mayoclinic, “bisphenol A is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.”

BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as plastic water bottles. When plastic is not recycled properly and ends up in our water supply, it poisons us.

Here’s a list of problems that  plague people who have been impacted by BPA’s:

Hormone levels: BPA could act like a hormone in the body, disrupting normal hormone levels and development in fetuses, babies, and children.

Brain and behavior problems: The National Toxicology Program at the FDA expressed concern about BPA’s possible effects on the brain and behavior of infants and young children.

Cancer: Some animal studies have shown a possible link between BPA exposure and a later increased risk of cancer.

Heart problems: Two studies have found that adults with the highest levels of BPA in their bodies seem to have a higher incidence of heart problems.