WATER. What's In It?
One morning, the topic of 'water quality' came into my perception and would not leave. I must have filled kid's cups and water bottles hundreds of times from the refrigerator, but why so persistent this day? That morning was different.
Told my husband that I wonder what is in our water, that we should look at water filters. His answer, (with a look at me like I was a little crazy) ‘Why? We live in Atlanta, we get our water from Lake Lanier. It’s fine.”
Probably. However, I still want to look at water filters was my answer. I’d research more that week on water.
I didn’t have to research. The next day, the following appeared at top of a newsfeed. It got my attention.
Pensacola, FL. Atlanta wasn’t on the list, but Pensacola, FL was and since we lived in Pensacola, FL before Atlanta, it got my attention.
“Study Finds Pensacola Has Nation’s Worst Water” (www.northescambia.com)
Pensacola, FL is where we lived for over 8 years. Of course this had my attention. Our little girl born was born in Pensacola, FL.
It gets worse. In another day or two, another piece glared at me - Ohio, near where I grew up. This one had global effects.
Ohio River. Still not over the rank of Pensacola water, the following glared - randomly appearing yet again, at top of one of my newsfeeds. It wasn't recently written either, but it's significant, and global:
“The company has been sued hundreds of times for contamination both the environment and humankind. The chemical C8 is used to make the product Teflon, which can cause liver, prostate, and testicular cancer. Dupont was aware of this danger for a long time, but continued to use it in the manufacturing of products anyway.” (From GlobalResearch.ca)
**I grew up in Ohio. Not on the Ohio River, where the poison dumped into, but not far.
Bloomberg.com: "DuPont Found Liable in First of 3,500 Law Suits"
“…if the company had spent extra money and incinerated the chemical as 3M Co. had told them to, the water wouldn’t have been contaminated.”
"Because it's an extremely stable chemical, C8 does not biodegrade. Instead, it bioaccumulates, building up in people's blood over time if they continue to drink water or breathe air laced with the substance. Due to its ubiquitous use, the chemical can now be found in trace amounts in the bloodstream of more than 98 percent of Americans, and even in umbilical cord blood and breast milk, according to the Centers for Disease Control."
EWG (Environmental Working Group): "Tefflon Chemical Harmful at Smallest Doses"
Within a month, B asked me if I saw the article that came out about water reports in the U.S. Georgia didn’t come back as clear of a report as I would have hoped.
WHAT'S IN OUR WATER?
Pharmaceuticals have been found in trace amounts in some public water sources.
Agri-business industrial waste has been found in lakes.
Heavy metals Flint, Michigan alone should sound warning enough. Is this exclusive to Flint?
Fluoride is a natural occurring element; however, not sure the fluoride in our drinking water is as natural as one would want to consider.
I don’t have any answers, but am left with enough questions to look further into best water filters - beyond what is on our refrigerator or countertop.
I was made aware of a situation In Ohio where a family member rents a cottage on the lake near Columbus every summer. The water became filled with algae reportedly from the agri-industry run-off waste, making water quality hazardous. They no longer rent the cottage.
All of the above - from northeast Ohio to Pensacola was too close to home, too close to where I had spent many years. Two locations where I spent the most amount of time - and within a short window of time some of the above articles consecutively appearing. It was a valid enough reason to have concern. It got my attention.
At the close of this writing, I went back to a source of thorough research on filters, and found this: in Washington state:
"PCBs have been found in bays, rivers, streams, sediment, soil and air throughout Washington state, with more than 600 suspected or confirmed contamination sites from Puget Sound to the Wenatchee River, Lake Spokane to Commencement Bay," he said.
The company faces lawsuits by at least eight West Coast cities raising similar claims.
Inspired by all those coming together, to stand together.
“Standing Rock Represents a Shift in American Consciousness”(by Marie Oliver)
“Standing together to protect that which is sacred, a great healing began. This represents a monumental shift in the consciousness of the people of the United States….
Veterans came to stand with their Tribal brothers and sisters in defense of the land, the water and constitutionally guaranteed rights.”
Standing Rock has come across the forefront of our national awareness.
I hope the water stays clear.
UPDATE Jan. 24, 2017 -
POLITICO: "President Donald J. Trump signed executive actions to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines and to reduce environmental regulations, setting off a clash with Democrats and environmental activists who vehemently oppose the projects." Read more: http://politi.co/2jZ8CsL
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