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August is National Water Quality Month

Drinking Water Quality

What does this mean? It’s a time to look at what’s affecting our water supply, what contaminants it holds, and learn what we can do to protect ourselves. If you have infants, young children or are planning on having a child, the contaminants in your water pose an even greater health risk. The quality of our drinking water is crucial to good health.

After the Flint Michigan tragedy, counties across the nation became more vigilant about checking water quality. Homeowners, schools  and government municipalities started water testing and what they found was startling.

This last year we have seen headlines from all over the nation which have shown our drinking water supply to be full of toxic chemicals, lead and fluoride. The most recent startling discovery of lead in the water was in Portland Oregon, which prides itself on natural stream-fed drinking water. Now districts throughout Oregon and Washington are testing for lead in their water and finding it at unsafe levels.

The Center for Disease Control says “Lead in drinking water is probably absorbed more completely than lead in food. Adults absorb 35%-50% of the lead they drink, and the absorption rate for children may be greater than 50%.”

What can you do to protect your home drinking water supply?

  • Install a water filter. Start with purifying your drinking water by installing an under the counter or over the counter model. Once you know what contaminants are in your water you may be able to better choose the right system for you. Multipure water systems start at an affordable price and are easy to install. Multipure is certified by NSF International. They have passed the intensive scrutiny of NSF for certification to reduce a wide range of contaminants which affect our health including lead.
  • Research your city’s water quality on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.The  site has a link where you can signup for a report of the contaminants  in your drinking water. https://www.epa.gov/ccr.
  • Test your tap water. You can order an on line test from National Testing Labs.http://www.ntllabs.com/residential.html

How do you know if you have toxic lead or other chemicals in your body from your drinking water?

If you you think you have been exposed to lead in your water consider taking a home test to analyze the heavy metal build up in your system. We like the Genova Lab Toxic Element Buildup Test. 

What you can do to protect the drinking water supply at a community level?

  • not using antibacterial soaps or cleaning products
  • not flushing unwanted or out-of-date medications down the toilet or drain
  • avoiding using pesticides or chemical fertilizers
  • choosing nontoxic household products when possible
  • picking up after pets
  • not paving properties


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