Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Water with little surprises?

…Anjali Athasvaley, writing in the WSJ, talks about good old haitch-2-oh. Seems people are going back to tap and are shocked to find some of the crud that’s in it, despite municipal testing and purification.

…Of course, engineers say US water is among the world’s best (people also say this about the health care system, remember).

…Yet, utilities, with better methods of testing everyday, are finding some weird-ass stuff in there.

…For one thing, there are trace amounts of pharmaceuticals—birth control pill hormones, mood stabilizers, and other drugs. Wildlife is being affected. These are small amounts, but some experts are demanding more study. What if small people, say infants, drink a lot of it mixed with formula powder or straight?

…One study found that water in 42 states had more than 140 regulated chemicals in it.

…Some states also use chloramine to disinfect water because chlorine was considered too toxic—but the chloramine byproducts can be worse. The EPA says, no way, drink up.

…Is bottled water the answer? Nah—most of it comes from taps.

…HA says mix water liberally with alcohol and hope for the best.

…Kidding, kinda.

1 comment:

People concerned About Chloramine said...

Chlorine is fast becoming a thing of the past as a disinfectant in municipal water supply distribution systems as more and more public water systems are switching over to a chemical called chloramine that is made out of chlorine and ammonia. This is due to a new EPA rule, and we are jumping from the frying pan into the fire on this one.

We are People Concerned About Chloramine here in VT, where our water district switched from chlorine to chloramine in 4/2006. To date we have 287 people in our water district who have reported to us that they are suffering from health effects since the chloramine went in. 50 - 60 of those sufferers got better when they stopped all exposure to their chloraminated tap water (at great expense and inconvenience). Not one person didn't get better whoc removed his or herself from exposure.

To learn about symptoms, learn about our experience, and and get information, go to our website You can also check out Citizens Concerned About Chloramine's website, They are in the San Francisco Bay area. They have roughly 500 people who have reported symptoms from the chloraminated tap water.

The people suffering from symptoms here in VT and there in CA share the same symptoms, as well as do people we have heard from via our websites from over a dozen other states, Canada and Scotland.

If you don't already have chloramine in your water, ASK YOUR WATER DISTRICT IF THEY HAVE ANY PLANS TO SWITCH TO CHLORAMINE. If they do, get educated- and quick. It's much easier to keep it out than to get it out of the water. You may want to check out a citizen group in the Harrisburg PA area who has successfully kept chloramine from going into their water for a year:

If you do live with chloraminated munisipal water and suffer from respiratory, skin, and/or digestive problems as well as fatigue that don't seem to go away, you may want to consider stopping exposure to your tap water for a little while (a week or two) and see if your condition improves. This means replacing tap water with bottled spring water (don't buy "filtered" water, which could be bottled chloraminated munIcipal water- chloramine cannot be removed by conventional carbon filters).

Use spring water for:

*bathing (or consider showering/bathing in non-chloraminated water if you have that option)
*cooking, including making coffee, tea, juice from concentrate, ice cubes
*laundry (some people cannot tolerate chloramine residual on their clothes or sheets/pillowcases)
*washing dishes
*brushing teeth
*eating out (restaurants in chloraminated waters districts are overwhelmingly likely to have chloramine-laced food and water).
*eating processed foods, soda pop, etc. that may have been processed with chloraminated water.

*in your humidifier