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The truth about water filters
This post is designed to dispel and seperate the myths and the truth about water filters. The real truth is that some of the myths about water filters can actually harm your family and you.
For one thing these bottled water companies are suspect with all their false advertising with pictures of pristine, fresh clean images of mountain fresh water, the truth of the matter is that this water comes from your local municipalities and could possibly be full of dangerous waste that could harm your family.
One of the best ways to insure that your family has safe drinking water is to invest in a good water filter system. They're not really that expensive and they don't harm the enviornment, I live in Florida and this area is high in contaminants.
Under the Safe Water Drinking Act, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for setting national drinking water standards. The EPA regulates over 80 contaminants—including arsenic, e-coli, cryptosporidia, chlorine, and lead—that may be found in drinking water from public water systems. While the EPA says that 90 percent of US public water systems meet its standards, you may want to use a water filter to further ensure your water’s safety.
A 2012 study by the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that due to a combination of pollution and deteriorating equipment and pipes, the public water supplies in 19 of America’s largest cities delivered drinking water that contained contaminant levels exceeding EPA limits (either legal limits or unenforceable suggested limits) and may pose health risks to some residents. So even though it may test fine at its source, public water may still pick up contaminants on the way to your house.
A lot of contaminants can slip through the cracks in city water like rocket fuel, arsenic, lead, fecal waste, and chemical by-products created during water treatment.
Exposure to the contaminants [sometimes found in public and private drinking water] can cause a number of health problems, ranging from nausea and stomach pain to developmental problems and cancer,” notes Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in its booklet, Drinking Water: What Health Care Providers Should Know. PSR estimates that up to 900,000 people get sick and 900 die in the US per year from contaminated public and private drinking water. Despite the problems with public water, it’s still just as safe as bottled water.
There isn’t a one-type-fits-all kind of water filter: not every filter type will eliminate every contaminant. You’ll save money and ensure that you’re targeting the contaminants of concern in your area by doing a little research up front.
“Most people purchase the wrong equipment because they skip this very important step, and then they’ve wasted money and resources on a system that isn’t making their water any safer.
Do some checking on your own through Google and other sources, To start, check your water utility’s “Consumer Confidence Report,” which it must mail to you each year before July 1 by law. The report details where your drinking water comes from, what contaminants have been found in it, and how contaminant levels compare to national standards. You can also call your utility and ask for a copy, or visit www.epa.gov/safewater to see if it’s online.
Be careful of these scam artists going door to door claiming that they'll check your water, its one of the oldest tricks in the book. They just want to sell you a water filter system. While your report can tell you what’s going on with the water in your area, only a test of the water coming out of your tap will tell you what you and your family are drinking for sure. To find a state-certified lab to test your water. To find a state-certified lab to test your water (which will charge a fee) visit the EPA's Safe water Web site, or call the EPA’s Safe Water Hotline at 800/426-4791.
If your water comes from a private well, it’s not regulated at all by the EPA, so you should have your water tested annually in late spring (when pesticide runoff will be at its worst), and anytime you notice a change in your water.
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