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Public Water System Monitoring:
They DO NOT monitor for any of tens of thousands of chemical compounds off the EPA priority pollutants list
Small water systems like White County (less than 2,500 people connected) are only required to monitor twice a month, and then only for Coliforms
They monitor routinely for:
Turbidity, temperature, pH, chlorine, and nutrients AT THE PLANT
They do not monitor daily for virtually any of the EPAís list of primary and secondary priority pollutants
NO small public water system or private system monitors for pesticides, herbicides, petrochemicals, solvents, organics, minerals, metals, nutrients, or substances other than those already identified unless someone has gotten ill or makes a strong case that the water may be contaminated
A system has to serve at least 25,000 people before it is required to do once a day coliform monitoring
NO well is monitored for any contaminants or pollutants unless the well owner requests it
NO small public water system is monitored for chemicals, minerals, or metals other than those that have been determined to be of special concern
NO small public water system monitors more often than once a month unless special circumstances such as illness among users of the water suggest more frequent monitoring
Virtually no one monitors daily for arsenic, lead, copper, zinc, mercury, cadmium, or a host of other mineral or metal contaminants
NO Government Entity monitors daily at the point of use (your house) Ė after water has gone through the distribution system
Virtually NO Private entity monitors anything daily
The USEPA has identified over 200 compounds as priority pollutants. Virtually none of these are tested for in public water systems on a daily or continuous basis.
Of these pollutants, Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium III, Chromium VI, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Nickel, Selenium, Zinc, and others have been shown to have both acute and CHRONIC health effects. Acute affects mean an individual will have symptoms very soon after consumption of the substance. Chronic means that even very small amounts ingested regularly over time will have adverse affects such as permanent liver damage, permanent brain damage, permanent kidney damage, or cancer, or other permanent adverse health effects, despite no immediate symptoms of consumption.
We can guarantee that your water will be safe for drinking, cooking, bathing etc, and safer than any bottled water you can get and protected from accidental or intentional contamination of the water supply!!!
What Else You Should KNOW About Water From Public Systems:
Another community's treated SEWAGE becomes YOUR DRINKING WATER!!! That's fine, as long as your public/municipal sewage and water treatment plants get it right 100% of the time. But they don't! The law does NOT require them to and many are taxed beyond their ability to handle the volume they treat. If you want to be sure of the quality and safety of your drinking water you need to check it yourself, and take action in your home to assure it is contaminant free. This is easy and fairly inexpensive to do - check with us!
Why would I want to test my water if I am on a city, county, or other public water system?
Most importantly, despite laws that require water and sewage treatment facilities to comply to certain standards, those same laws routinely make exceptions that allow for the release, for several days a month, of inadequately treated sewage or drinking water! For example, water treatment plants may provide water that has excess nitrate or ammonia, or arsenic, or even Coliform bacteria, as long as it does not happen for more than a few days in a given month. They figure and use an average value over several days (a geometric mean), not the actual value on any given day, to determine whether or not to alert the public to a problem.
Also, not all potential contaminants are monitored or removed. In fact most of the contaminants on the EPA Primary and Secondary contaminants list are NOT monitored daily because of the expense of doing so! For example synthetic organic compounds (almost all pesticides and herbicides) volatile organic compounds such as benzene, and antibiotics, medications, and emerging pollutants are not monitored daily. In addition, even some of the most toxic contaminants do not have to be removed completely! The contaminants must only be reduced to a level deemed to be an acceptable risk to public health by the EPA. You may not want that much arsenic, nitrate, copper, pesticide, antibiotic, or other substance humans flush down their toilets or spread onto the ground or dump into surface streams, in your drinking water. Keep in mind that the farther downstream you live on a particular river, the more likely it is that there are synthetic organic contaminants in that water.
We believe the government is doing its best given the available resources, but it just may not be as good as you would like. We must take responsibility ourselves to correct the deficit. The good news is that if you choose, you may test and install a relatively inexpensive system at home to remove them from your drinking water completely.
Furthermore, bacteria are present and may contaminate a home water distribution system, water heater, and drinking water, forming biofilms, causing increased energy consumptions (up to 30% or more) and inactivating or impairing any existing purification devices. The water may be hard and require treatment to soften, or it may not be and someone may be trying to sell you a system you donít need. There is no way of knowing how much of various contaminants is present without testing, and it is well known that water treatment facilities do NOT remove all of the contaminants. They remove only enough to comply with state and federal regulations. Doing more is often cost prohibitive. This often leaves enough contaminant to allow for significant bacterial growth and fouling of my home distribution system, or enough to be of health concern. Identifying which, if any contaminants are present, allows for rational design of a water purification system that will polish the water to a level of purity and chemical quality that will save energy, extend the life of and save wear on appliances, reduce the damage to clothing that is washed, improve rinse and washing characteristics of the water, and prevent or reduce corrosion. Even better than these hidden (but real) savings is the direct savings derived from not needing to purchase bottled water anymore. Especially, since most bottled water is no cleaner than the water you get from public water systems, and consumer reports writes that recent studies indicate that it often contains bacteria.
Positive coliform tests would indicate that you must install protection to prevent potentially serious health consequences. Can this happen? Yes. Outbreaks of various forms of water-borne illnesses due to failure of existing treatment systems are well documented. Is yours one of them? Test results can help you determine whether or not it might be.
The federal and state governments (EPA, EPD) DO require periodic testing of all public water treatment facilities. Testing is (based on size of the system) but usually done twice a day, or less often, and occasionally more frequently. These "grab" samples only reflect what is in the water at the moment the sample is taken. The water is then pumped a few meters to many miles through underground pipes before it arrives at your home or business. Even brief drops in water pressure can allow contamination to occur. Most of the major drinking-water borne disease outbreaks in this country have been due to failures of public water systems. But you can protect yourself!
Sewage treatment plants, likewise, are releasing their treated sewage into our surface freshwater supply, and while most are excellent at removing waste they also cannot afford to monitor all parameters 24 hours a day. With less and less clean water available, it is more difficult to provide "pure" drinking water to the public.
From the EPA:
National Primary Drinking Water Information and Regulations http://www.epa.gov/safewater/mcl.html
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