what's in my water?
Is your city/town the next Flint, Michigan?
What is happening in Flint, Michigan is terrible. As a parent I can't imagine the hopeless feeling of now wondering about your child's health and the health of a spouse and friends. You must realize the safety of your drinking water is at the mercy of possibly just one person, a person that might make a recommendation to a board or committee or one person making a decision on their own. Keep in mind 17,500 water supplies systems were in violation for not monitoring or reporting their findings on water test. One person at 17,500 cities, villages or water supply systems making a decision NOT to monitor the drinking water or making a decision NOT to submit their test results to the EPA.
How did this happen and could dangerous contaminants in water happen in your town?
This whole problem is due to HUMAN ERROR and could have been avoided. It will probably come down to "One" person that made the recommendation or the decision to not add the chemical to the drinking water during the treatment process. Do you realize the safety of your water comes down to the decision of possibly One person with your villages water supply company or public works department?
1. The Iron levels in the Flint River are approximately 18 times higher than the water that was previously used from Lake Huron. This high Iron levels will cause damage to pipes, fixtures, appliances, etc.
2. Human Fault - A Class Action Law Suit states that a chemical necessary to coat the insides of the water delivery pipes and pipes in homes was not added as it should have been. This allowed Lead in the pipes to detach and leach into the water. In 2011 a study of the quality of the Flint River identified that it had to be treated with an anti-corrosive chemical to treat the insides of pipes to stop Lead from leaching into the water before it could be considered a safe source of drinking water by Federal Law.
3. Both main water delivery pipes and water pipes/fixtures in homes made with Lead can now be very compromised and continue to leach Lead into the drinking water until stabilized. Everything from dishwashers, washing machines, coffee makes, utensils, etc. have all been contaminated with Lead.
4. Testing water quality at the water supply systems pumping station is useless. The main delivery water pipes and pipes/fixtures in homes are where the main source of Lead is coming from. This means that EVERY single residential, commercial, public, etc. building must be tested and retested until the Lead levels have been stabilized.
This whole problem is due to HUMAN ERROR and could have been avoided. It will probably come down to "One" person that made the recommendation or the decision to not add the chemical to the drinking water during the treatment process. Do you realize the safety of our water boils down to the decision of possibly One person?
A situation a few miles from me had a problem when someone at the village decided to stop using water from Chicago (Lake Michigan) and turn on an old village well and mix the water to "save money". The problem is that well water had contaminants that exceeded the current water quality. I was contacted by the local media to review the department of health's test results on that problem. This was human error, possibly One persons recommendation or decision.
Another village a little further away in an attempt to lower the very high Radium 226&228 levels in their water decided to pump water from a major river that runs through the town. The problem was industries along the river were releasing their drainage water that contained dangerous contaminants used in their facilities. When the river water was mixed with the village's well water the results were shocking to the residents. This was human error, possibly One persons recommendation or decision.
Another village had the inside of their water tower painted and at the recommendation or decision of just One person the village refilled the water tower and started pumping water to the residents of the town. Unfortunately, they did this way to soon and chemicals from the paint were leaching into the drinking water, but it was not until some time later that the mistake was identified and made public.
There are more, but hopefully you get the point.