Posted on May 25, 2016
A 2009 study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that tap water in the US is largely contaminated. The study that saw 20 million tests conducted on tap water over a period of 3 years registered 316 contaminants that include weed killers, industrial solvents, perchlorates,, a rocket fuel component, and refrigerants amid others. Among the contaminants found, only 114 are regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency through safety standards in terms of maximum legal levels. This leaves some 202 water pollutants unregulated. Combinations of these unregulated pollutants can be toxic enough to cause serious health problems in the long-term.
According to research, the Vice President at Environmental Working Group, Jane Houlihan states;“water supply utilities do a great job in addressing the big problem with the limited resources available. However, more effort is required because it has become common for people to consume tap water that is laced with up to 30 contaminants, a fact that raises serious concerns about our health. Unregulated water contaminants come from different sources, below are the most common sources of such contaminants:
An EPA study conducted in 1998 found that about 43% of heavily used chemicals did not have any of the 7 basic safety and screening studies or substantive information about their potential to contaminate water sources. Health officials are not certain about industrial pollution’s full extent of drinking water supplies or even health issues that could result from exposure. However, health officials are certain that some of these contaminants do end up in streams, rivers, ground water and water reservoirs from which drinking water is derived, which most likely goes all the way to taps. A release inventory program revealed that in 2007 alone, industries within the U.S discharged about 232 million pounds out of 244 chemicals into streams and rivers. Majority of these chemicals remain unregulated and untested in tap water.
The Department of Agriculture in the US data shows that agricultural activities spread commercial fertilizer on more than 1/8 of the US continental land mass each year. In 2007 alone, over 100 billion pounds of commercial fertilizer were used on more than 266 million acres and herbicides were applied on more than 1/10 of land mass in the lower 48 states. Further, there are about 238,000 concentrated feed lots for pigs and cattle that produce more than 500 million tons of manure each year in the US. Runoff from both feedlots and farms can be heavy with disease-causing micro-organisms, sediments, fertilizer ingredients and pesticides that pollute water supplies. EPA is yet to set standards for pollution prevention from agricultural activities.
Pollutants that contaminate rivers and lakes tend to increase as land gets cleared for agricultural and residential use. This results in pollution of tap water. According to the analysis conducted by EWG, there are 86 contaminants in drinking water linked to urban and suburban sources such as lawn pesticides, wastewater and runoff chemicals. An estimated 236 million people living in 46 states use water that is polluted by one or more such contaminants at levels that exceed the set limits. According to EWG analysis outcomes, 56 out of the 86 contaminants from runoff in urban and suburban areas are not regulated and lack legal limits.
Chemicals from personal care products and pharmaceuticals are excreted through urine or get washed downstream. Most of these chemicals are not removed through standard wastewater treatment processes as revealed by a study conducted in 2008. Current water regulations show a serious deficiency in safety standards with water quality reports provided to customers annually providing a partial picture with no information relating to unregulated chemicals. The reports also give an average level of most pollutants and does not show whether there were periods when the chemicals exceeded legal limits.
Making tap water safe
With Drops of Balance mineral solution, tap water can be cleaned and made safe for consumption. Drops of Balance is a mineral concentrate that uses a sedimentation process to rid tap water of dissolved chemicals, metals and microbes. This water purifying solution works by making invisible metals and toxins dissolved in water visible insoluble particles. This makes the particles heavier than water causing them to sink and collect at the floor of the container so that it is easy to separate heavy metals and toxins from clean water. Drops of Balance does more than just cleaning water; it restores minerals to drinking water. The solution improves the quality of drinking water by replacing minerals that tap water loses during treatment processes or as a result of other factors affecting natural water. It contains crucial ingredients that are healthy to the body including magnesium, potassium and ionic sulfate minerals.
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