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1. Q. If I am on a municipal water treatment system (county or city water) should I consider further treatment? If so, why?
1. Answer: In one word yes. There are several very good reasons. First, Water Treatment Plants are NOT required to maintain water quality at safe levels at all times. They are permitted by law, to exceed safe levels of various pollutants for various limited periods of time - from hours to days, and they are not required to report these violations unless they persist for longer periods of time. Second, the water you receive has acquired pollutants as a result of traveling underground for long distances from the water treatment plant to your home. Third, Water Treatment Plants are NOT required to remove all pollutants from their source water. Many chemicals and bacteria must simply be reduced to acceptable levels established by the EPA. You will almost certainly want your water more pure than these "Allowable Limits".
In addition, virtually no water filter installed in new homes purifies water. All it does is remove sediment. Water softeners do virtually nothing to make water safer. Also, with the stronger possibility today that terrorists might pollute a water supply intentionally, and the relatively low cost ($350 - $500), of protecting your family against all contaminants and this additional threat, it just makes sense to test and purify, rather than guess and wait a while.
2. Q. A water filter is installed in my home. Isn't that enough to purify my water?
Answer: NO!! One of the most common misconceptions among home owners is that their water filter purifies their water. IT DOES NOT! It seems impossible to believe, but it is true. The filters installed in most houses today are designed to remove sediment - particles so large that they may be seen with the naked eye in the water. That's all these "filters" do, make the water "look" cleaner. They do not remove any toxic substances, bacteria, parasites or viruses. In other words they do not remove any of the things that make people sick.
3. Q. Is bottled water better than tap water?
Answer: It depends on how pure or how well-treated/purified your tap water is. The Federal (and State) regulations for bottled water require that it be no more pure than municipal water supplies (tap water). Since you have no control over either of these supplies, you drink contaminants at concentrations deemed acceptable by the EPA and FDA. In some cases your tap water is better than the bottled water you can get in the store, but if your tap water has more contaminants (within acceptable limits) than the bottled water in your grocery store, then it would be better to drink the bottled water. How do you know which is better? Have your tap water tested to find out what, if any, contaminants are present. Then you can make an informed decision about which is better for you. This applies to water from wells and municipal water supplies.
4. Q. Is it true that I can guarantee my family a safe water supply no matter what gets into my city, county, or well water?
Answer: Yes! And for a very reasonable cost. Imagine that. Being able to guarantee that your family will never drink contaminated water. Why wouldn't you do it then? Because most people are not aware of the risks and how simple it is to protect their water. You may remember the incident several years ago - when home depot and every other outlet ran out of plastic sheeting and duct tape and other supplies while many in this country panicked about a possible terrorist gas or biowarfare attack. The authorities, scientific experts, and leadership in this country believe that it is only a matter of time until an actual attack occurs on our air or water supply. If you install a simple, relatively inexpensive, water purification system in your home you don't need to worry, because your family is protected. And even if it is from nothing more than the relatively frequent accidental contamination that occurs when water lines are broken, or heavy rains tax water treatment systems beyond their purification capacity, or chlorine levels drop so low that they do not kill the bacteria in your municipal water distribution system, or chlorine levels rise above levels that are safe for human consumption, you will be protected. Ask us how Contact Us .
1. It is believed that most incidents of sickness caused by water-borne disease organisms go unreported. Many people think that the “intestinal flu” or diarrhea they experience is a virus they caught at work or “something they ate”. Most people recover within a few days to three weeks, but some become fatally ill and others have long lasting effects including permanent kidney, liver (hepatitis), and brain damage.
2. If your water pressure changes noticeably you should look into the safety of your water.
3. There is no system in place to detect and report incidents of illness from contaminated water supplies.
4. It is wise to have a water analysis performed on well water at least once a year as the EPA recommends, because conditions underground can change a great deal when other people and industries drill into the same underground water and remove large quantities or may accidentally contaminate our water supply with chemicals we cannot taste, smell, or see.
5. If the color, taste, or odor of my water change it may have become unsafe to drink.
6. If you have minerals, cloudiness, color, or odors in your water at any time, you should have your water analyzed.
7. Pregnant women, infants, children, the elderly, individuals on certain kinds of medicines, transplant patients, people with existing health problems such as diabetes, various infections, heart problems, skin problems and others are especially susceptible to water borne disease and chemicals and should be taking added precautions to protect themselves.
8. If you know what to test for, and understand what the results mean or have a water analysis performed by someone who does, you can find out if our water is safe or needs additional purification and how to purify it properly.
9. Free water tests DO NOT test for arsenic, fecal Coliforms, E. coli, or most other unhealthy substances that can make people sick. A proper water analysis does!
10. Bottled water is probably no more pure than our local water supply; in fact it may very well be less pure. The bottlers are held to the same standard as our local public water systems, but the water comes from places we know nothing about, and where it may have contaminants that are absent in our local water.
11. Toxic herbicides, pesticides, and chemicals will not make me sick immediately.
12. The purity of water CANNOT be judged by its clarity. Salt water, sugar water, soda water, tonic water are examples of clear water that contains substances we can taste, even when we can’t see them. Many chemical contaminants have no taste, odor or color, and therefore can only be detected when appropriate tests are done.
All of the above are TRUE.
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