What's in my Water?
The best selling book on drinking water quality in America. It has been sold at major book stores around the country and used by major water filtration companies as a training and reference guide.
Learn about water filtration systems. This is a must read before you potentially waste your money on the wrong or overpriced systems.
Learn the truth about bottled water, what the label terms really mean and what to look for.
Learn about the possible contaminants in the water you use for drinking, cooking, showering and bathing and what you can do to eliminate or reduce them.
Are there immediate or long term health affects to your drinking water?
Can you tap water or bottled water be making your family sick?
Did you know:
The EPA has established TWO difference contaminant levels for drinking water. The "MCLG" (Maximum Contaminant Level Goal) is set at a level at which there is no known risk to human health. But it is not enforceable by the EPA. The "MCL" (Maximum Contaminant Level" which is enforceable by the EPA can allow contaminant levels that exceed the "MCLG". In other words even when the public water supply systems are within the "MCL" (Maximum Contaminant Levels), the water is allowed to contain contaminants which exceed the levels at which here is no known risk to human health. Read more below.
Our water quality has changed drastically over the last 100 years.
A report from Baylor University Medical Center stated
"There are over 53,000 dangerous chemicals n the work place toxicity information is available for only half of them".
The EPA only regulates about 90 contaminants in drinking water which means the other 52,000 are not even regulated. Do you realize some of those chemicals could be entering our drinking water supplies and half of the chemicals do not have toxicity information and might not be able to be filtered out through our current water filtration technology?
"The EPA has set “two” levels for contaminants in drinking water (all quotes taken directly from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - EPA’s regulated contaminant information)."
First Level: “Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety and are non-enforceable public health goals.”
Since the EPA DOES NOT enforce these lower contaminant levels, water supply systems are not required to meet them or to report violations. Keep in mind these are the contaminant levels at which there are no known or expected risks to health.
Second Level: “The Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) which is the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology and taking cost into consideration. These levels are enforceable.”
(Notice the wording: these levels are set as close to MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology and taking cost into consideration. This means the enforceable contaminant levels set by the EPA could be higher than the MCLG’s (the actual contaminant level with no known or expected risk to health), taking available treatment technology and cost into consideration.)
This book is a compilation of research information compiled from the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Depart of Health, Center for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration and more.
Following is just some of the disturbing information that was discovered during the research.
Note: I am not making any health claims.The information provided in this book is intended solely to inform you about water quality issues.
“Each day, millions of Americans turn on their taps and get water that exceeds the legal limits for dangerous contaminants.”
(USA Today, Special Report “How Safe Is Your Water?” (1)
Over 400,000 people became ill and over 100 people died due to a bacteria outbreak in the water in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, about 12 years ago. The bacteria were not killed by the chlorination process used by the Public Water Supply.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find that as many as half the water utilities in the country sometimes fail to remove the same microbe (that affected over 400,000 people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin outbreak). The CDC estimates that each year, infectious drinking water sickens a million Americans and kills a thousand.”
“The reported occurrence of waterborne disease outbreaks in the United States during 1999 and 2000 more than doubled over the previous two-year period.”
“In 2001, one out of every four community water systems did not conduct testing or report the results for all of the monitoring required to verify the safety of their drinking water.”
“Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Children and infants, pregnant women and their fetuses, the frail elderly, people undergoing chemotherapy or living with HIV/AIDS, and transplant patients can be particularly at risk for infections… If you have special health care needs, consider taking additional precautions with your drinking water…”
“After reviewing thousands of pages of data obtained through the EPA, we found there were 14,435 violations from “Water Supply Systems” for health based standards in 2003.”
(David De John – Clean Water Institute) (7)
“An examination of 65 of the 3,000 largest utilities found cities are “manipulating the results of tests used to detect lead in water, violating federal law and putting millions of Americans at risk,” The Washington Post said, “more than 250 major cities currently exceed the EPA’s lead standards, and many of them have been deceptive, or even fraudulent in their reporting of the problems.”
(NBC Nightly News) (8)
“NOTICE: EPA is aware of inaccuracies and under reporting of some data in the Safe Drinking Water information System. We are working with the states to improve the quality of the data.”
(EPA) (9) (Printed on all EPA Pubic Violation Reports)
“Political appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raised the acceptable level of Fluoride in drinking water from 1.2 ppm to 4 ppm, over objections from their agency scientists… 7,000 EPA union employees and the unions jumped into the debate.” (Arguing against the increased levels)
(Time Magazine) (10)
“…fluoride (that is added to municipal water) is a hazardous waste product for which there is substantial evidence of adverse health effects and, contrary to public perception, virtually no evidence of significant benefits…”
(Dr. William Hirzy) (11)
(The EPA Employee’s Union)
“Reports show that the wastewater treatment facilities cannot remove antibiotics and pharmaceuticals in water from industrial wastewater discharge or from human excretion. These contaminants can be present in the water the wastewater treatment facilities are releasing back into the water supply or soil.”
(David De John – Clean Water Institute) (12)
“Local 2050 of the National Federation of Federal Employees, which represents ALL scientists, engineers and other professionals at EPA Headquarters in Washington have voted unanimously to co-sponsor a citizens petition to prevent fluoridation of California’s waters. A growing body of scientific research suggests that long-term fluoride consumption may cause numerous health problems, ranging from cancer and impaired brain function to brittle bones and fluorosis.”
What you will learn in the What’s in my Water? Book