Everything that you've been hearing in the news about drinking water treatment is absolutely true. The level of drinking water contamination has always been high, but every year it seems to get disturbingly worse.
Recently it was reported that there is a new player in the drinking water treatment field, over the counter and prescription medications. All across the U.S., Canada, and Europe scientists are reporting about the discovery of pharmaceuticals in our water supplies.
What does this mean to us?
If you believe what spokespeople for the drinking water treatment facilities have to say, then it really is of no consequence whatsoever. It is believed by them that since only trace amounts of pharmaceuticals have been found, there is not a significant enough amount of the drugs to call it an actual drinking water contamination threat.
Scientists believe that the opposite is true. There are a large number of dangerous chemicals mixing together in our reservoirs. These chemicals, including the newfound pharmaceuticals, work together interactively. The effects of this interaction make each chemical infinitely stronger.
Authorities at the drinking water treatment facilities actually refuse to report on new discoveries because they feel that the public really wouldn't understand how to interpret the information if it was given to us. Most of the information that we get concerning drinking water contamination has to come from environmental groups or investigative reporters.
Scientists have been studying the effects that pharmaceuticals and other drinking water contamination is having on our bodies. It has been found that when you mix even trace amounts of these pharmaceuticals with chlorine that developing cells are being damaged. The fear is that this could lead to an increased rate of birth defects.
We all know about the problems that the people at the drinking water treatment facilities have to contend with. There are hundreds of known carcinogens, THMs, chemicals, bacteria and now this new threat. So why is it so very difficult for them to admit that we have a very serious problem with our water supplies?
The fact that all of these components of drinking water contamination are able to reach our taps at home reflects a definite inability by treatment authorities to effectively deal with the problem. By admitting that they cannot contend with these contaminants they will be exposing themselves to demands for changing the way that they do things.
Change is not always a bad though, and anything that could improve the way drinking water treatment is handled would definitely be a change for the better. There are technologies already in place that could improve the quality of our water. UV light for example has been proven successful in eliminating some forms of drinking water contamination.
Until the drinking water treatment facilities come around, and open themselves to change we're on our own. The best route that we can possibly take is to install a high quality home water purification system in order to relieve ourselves of the threat. A purifier will offer your family the health benefits and peace of mind that the water authority could never give you.
Michael S. Logan, MS, is the owner of Logan Family Counseling, Inc. in Rockford, Illinois. I am a frazzled, late life daddy, a business owner, and a budding web entrepreneur. Can you imagine running a business from your laptop, swaying gently in the hammock? The water is cool and icy and tasty and filtered one more time.