Toxic Water

Toxic Water

toxic water

Protect yourself from Toxins in your Food and Water

According to a recent analysis of EPA data, 10 different states including have allowed arsenic into rivers and other bodies of water. Records show that power plant landfills have polluted the ground water that has toxic chemicals in more than a dozen states. While we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of people drinking bottled water, this doesn’t insure that you’re protected. Plastic bottles can leach chemicals into the water if they are left in the sun or used multiple times.

You can, however, take steps to protect yourself.

1. Get a Municipal water report.
This report must be made available to you by law. This report will show what levels of lead, nitrates and nitrites are in your water. The report will also show what percentage levels are acceptable. When human and animal waste come into contact with water, they show up as nitrates and nitrites. Fertilizer use, run off from chemicals, and erosion may also contribute to higher levels of these potentially toxic substances. The report should also show if there are any levels of mercury, arsenic, and cyanide.

2. Conduct a water safe test in your house.
Even if the source of your water appears to be pure, you will need to test the water in your house to insure that it remains pure. The test will screen for bacteria, lead, ecoli, chlorine, pesticides, nitrates, and nitrites. Even if your water is too high in acidity, this can cause corrosion in your pipes which may cause lead to leach out into your water supply. The home test easy to conduct.

3. Use filtering systems to filter your water
The carafe system is one of the best methods for filtering your drinking water. You can also install a filter on your faucet. Most of these are simple screw on installations and do not require a plumber and can be purchased at stores like Bed Bath and Beyond or Target. My personal favorites are the Brita Water Filter Pitchers and Brita faucet systems.

4. Use Carbon Filtering systems to purify your bath water
Most people are aware of the need to protect themselves from possibly toxic water, but bath water is often overlooked. Bathing in warm water opens up the pores which allows chemicals to get absorbed through the skin. You can also add a carbon filtering system to the entire house. Both filtering systems can be purchased at Lowes. Whichever system you choose, make sure to keep track of the life of the filter and change it accordingly.

Stay Safe and Drink Safe

Deidre Hartfield 

Dee Hartfield