What happens to your body when you drink unfiltered water? The answer is your body has to filter the water itself. Your liver tries to break down toxins into more manageable substances, but if it gets overwhelmed it has to store toxins in fat reserves. Your kidneys filter toxins out of the bloodstream to dump them as urine. Other toxins are dumped in bile, which your intestines filter. However, all these organs fail to deal with heavy metals. Lead, mercury, copper, and iron will devastate your body’s filtration mechanisms and destroy your health. Don’t risk it—let an RO system from Angel Water do the filtration instead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a list of things that could end up in your water:
Fecal waste (Nitrates and Nitrites)
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.
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 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.
Did you know that your brain is composed of mostly water? Have you ever thought about the way water helps you digest food? Are you aware of how drinking water impacts overall health? In case you didn’t know, check out this list of 10 tips for staying hydrated.
1. Calculate how much water you need
The best way to find out how much water you need is to multiply your weight by 0.5. For example, a 200 pound man would need 100 ounces of water to drink on a daily basis. The amount of water we need to drink varies by the size and the activity level of a person.
2. Carry water with you everywhere you go
One of the best ways to stay hydrated is to carry water with you everywhere you go. This allows you to drink water whenever you need to it and to also keep track of how much water you drink. By carrying your own water bottle, you won’t have to spend money on plastic water bottles and contribute to excessive waste.
3. Infuse your water with fruits and vegetables
The taste of plain water can get boring when you’re drinking it on a regular basis. That’s why infusing fruits and vegetables can add a hint of extra flavor while you’re getting refreshed. Try adding combinations like cucumber and lemon, celery and lime or cilantro and mint.
4. Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Alcohol and caffeine are two things that dehydrate the body. It’s okay to drink them in moderation, but an excess of either could cause heart problems, headaches and overall fatigue.
5. Drink extra water before and after getting physical
Throughout out the day we lose water naturally. After a strenuous workout, it’s especially important to replace the water we lose. Not only does your brain need water to restore itself, your muscles need to rehydrate in order to grow and heal.
6. Use Reverse Osmosis
Using reverse osmosis will ensure you hydrate your body with water free of contaminants and disease-causing pathogens. Angel Water’s reverse osmosis works differently by remineralizing the water before it exits the spout.
7. Don’t chug water to get hydrated
The best way to get hydrated is to take small sips of water throughout the day. This allows your body to absorb the liquid rather than release it through waste. Taking small sips of water is the preferred method of Ayurvedic practitioners.
8. Drink warm water with lemon in the morning
Drinking warm water with lemon each morning helps to alkalize the body and remove toxins. It also aids digestion by warming the intestinal tract and flushing out digested food.
Barrington alone supplies water to over 10,000 residents and businesses. In doing so, over 1.5 million gallons of water gets pumped every day. The water is provided from 4 large wells which draw from an underground aquifer. Once the water is pulled from the wells it goes to a village-owned water treatment plant where it is processed to reduce iron and help prevent rust stains. After treatment, the water is moved into one of 6 reservoirs used to store the water before it gets delivered. Before arriving to your sink, the water travels through 90 miles of service lines. The city water really seems to go through a lot of processing to ensure our water is clean. However, there are some things you should be aware of once the water reaches your faucet.
Many things can hide in your water and, potentially, cause you harm. The contaminants in city water are only dangerous at high levels and the city is required to measure the level of each contaminant within the water. However, these levels often exceed the EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG). Here are a few contaminants which have been found at high levels in Barrington’s city water along with impacts they can have on you and your health.
Arsenic: This is an inorganic that can cause skin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may increase the risk of cancer.
Iron: Another inorganic that causes increased energy consumption, damage to plumbing, appliances and clothing.
Trihalomethanes: This is a disinfectant which is added to the city water to kill bacteria. It can cause Liver, kidney or central nervous system problems along with an increased risk of cancer.
Alpha Emitters and Radium: These are radionuclides which are usually naturally occurring. The increase the risk of cancer. And can be inhaled as well as consumed.
It can be quite alarming to learn that your everyday drinking water is contaminated. However, there are steps that you can take to ensure that your drinking water is safe along with your family’s well-being. Installing the following systems in your home will help keep out any type of contaminant.
Water Softeners: These help combat water hardness. Barrington’s water hardness level is 23gpg which is rated extremely high by the USGS.
Reverse Osmosis: This product does an exceptional job at removing any inorganics found in the water.
Whole House Filters: These Filters are great for an extra protection layer for any radionuclides that are left in the water.
It is important to know what is in your drinking water. If you have any questions or concerns about your Barrington water or if you would like to get a water treatment system installed in your home call Angel Water today!
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Two years ago, federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters had been installed. Residents were not warned about the threats these construction projects pose, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans for more construction projects across Chicago.
According to the Chicago Tribune, researchers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that alarming levels of brain-damaging metal can flow out of household faucets for years after construction work disrupts service lines that connect buildings to the city’s water system. Nearly 80 percent of the properties in Chicago are hooked up to service lines made of lead.
The study also found the city’s testing protocols are very likely to miss high concentrations of lead in drinking water.
The city has issued letters alerting residents about the construction projects. These letters do not mention the hazards these construction projects pose or the harms that may be done to them by lead. The letters simply advise residents to flush faucets and house taps for several minutes after work has been completed to remove contaminants.
The EPA says this suggestion is “grossly inadequate”.
Besides the threat of new construction projects taking place across the city, Chicago is using corrosion-fighting chemicals to form a protective coating inside outdated pipes.
Instead of alerting citizens that they could be exposed to a deadly neuro-toxin, according to the tribune, city officials have repeatedly assured elected officials that their water is safe and there is nothing to worry about.
Thomas Powers, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Water Management, wrote in a October 2013 letter to aldermen in response to the EPA study. “Chicago water is absolutely safe to drink and meets or exceeds all standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois EPA.”
Protect yourself by purchasing an NSF certified water filter or by installing devices in your home that are capable of removing lead. For more information, visit Angel Water’s webpage
The conscious decision to cut the old mining town off from Detroit’s water supply and replace it with contaminated water from the Flint River was made by Gov. Rick Snyder. Because of his choice, Flint residents have been ingesting contaminated water since April 2014.
Contaminating water for a time-span of two years would have never occurred in an affluent neighborhood or major city. As a penny-pinching vulture, Rick Snyder and politicians like him relied on the ambivalence, disengagement and socioeconomic status of Flint’s residents.
Much support has been given to Flint and for that, residents are truly grateful. According to a letter from Michael Moore, the Detroit Lions donated 100,000 bottles of water while celebrities like Puff Daddy and Mark Wahlberg donated over 1,000,000 each.
People want to help Flint, but the truth is they can’t. There’s no doctor, prescription or monetary donation that can restore the brains and bodies of innocent people.
Lead poisoning is a serious thing and the people who have suffered its wrath will live a life sentence of low cognitive function, higher disease rates and unnecessary pain. These health complications will most likely limit Flint residents from better job opportunities, higher education and basic human rights.
But instead of flooding their community with plastic water bottles, consider signing a petition against the politicians who caused this catastrophe and make a bigger impact on the future. Over 456,785 U.S. citizens have already expressed their sentiment through signatures and believe the politicians who made this choice should be held accountable.
If this crisis impacted you or family, would you remain calm or would you take action? Would you demand change or would you wait for someone to step in and do it for you? If you believe the citizens of Flint, Michigan have been harmed get involved, so that this does not happen to you.
What happens when an entire generation is exposed to toxic lead?
Multiple studies have linked lead exposure in early childhood to violent crime later in life. With the water main construction projects in Chicago disturbing lead pipes and the epidemic of contaminated water in Flint, MI, lead contamination is not a thing of the past but rather, a serious issue of present times.
“It creates a social context where kids are at a clear disadvantage,” said Robert J. Sampson, a Harvard University researcher who has been studying Chicago for more than two decades.
In an investigative report from 2013, reporter Kevin Drum highlights economic and social trends that may be linked to the crime epidemics and unwanted pregnancies of the 1980’s and 90’s. The trend affected major cities like New York, Dallas, New Orleans and Los Angeles.
Drum analyzed financial disparity, drug addictions, incarceration rates and race, but only one thing remained consistent: the presence of tetraethyl lead.
Lead Contamination in present times
According to the Chicago Tribune, children in the neighborhoods of Austin, Englewood and Lawndale are subject to higher rates of lead contamination than those living in more affluent areas of Chicago.
Since consumption of lead in early childhood is linked to brain damage, poor attention span and inability to regulate emotions, researchers believe consumption of lead is also linked to violent crime later in life.
“People in neighborhoods like Englewood have faced multiple assaults over a different period of time- job losses, segregation, housing discrimination,” said Sampson. “When I see astounding levels of lead poisoning in these communities, it makes complete sense that it is part of the cycle of deprivation.”
Combating Lead Contamination
Combating lead contamination at home is possible with the help of Reverse Osmosis. A reverse osmosis water filtration system can remove any unwanted chemicals or toxins from your water while simultaneously providing optimum hydration.
According to a new federal study, the clean-up efforts of Chicago’s water supply are revealing dangerously high levels of lead. Contamination has appeared in homes where pipes were disturbed by street work. These attempts to modernize outdated infrastructure may pose a health risk.
The health threat comes from lead service lines that were installed during the 1980s to connect water mains with homes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), whenever water main replacements, meter installations and street work occur, lead may contaminate the water supply.
Exposure to lead may cause:
• Brain damage in young children
• Lower IQ
• Learning disabilities
• Criminal behavior later in life
• Legionaries disease
Lead contamination may still occur in the water supply even years after the construction has ceased. Most people are unaware about the contamination because the municipal water supplier is not required to inform residents that work is being done and it may impact their well-being.
Any amount of lead in the water supply represents a serious danger to consumers since the EPA and Centers for Disease Control both say there is no safe level of exposure. According to the Chicago Tribune, lead has been phased out of gasoline, removed from paint and banned in children’s toys.
The problem of outdated infrastructure plagues more than just the city of Chicago. In New Jersey, 205,607 children were last year and 837 of those children tested positive for lead. Flint, MI is also facing a lead contamination crisis as the majority of residents have come in contact with contaminated water amount of residents do not have clean water.
“We owe it to the people to tell them that their water might not be safe to drink,” said Marc Edwards, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech University.