You hear politicians constantly squabbling over issues relating to the environment, but I wish more of them would bring the problem of drinking water pollution to the table.
I know they are looking at ways to impose regulations designed to help make our environments cleaner, but what about taking measures that will help protect us from the many toxins already in the water? Wondering what I mean by that?
Well, the fact of the matter is that we as a country are ill equipped to provide clean drinking water to our citizens, and fixing the problem would cost billions of dollars.
Our water treatment facilities are woefully adequate for the job we are asking them to do, which is to remove tens of thousands of industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals from our water. These plants were not designed to perform the duties we are asking them to do.
Chemical and pharmaceutical drinking water pollution was not really a big problem when most of these facilities were designed, and what we were really worried about was waterborne diseases from pathogens.
Water filtration was simply for the purpose of removing sand, silt, and debris from the water. Chemicals such as chlorine were added later in order to eliminate virtually all microbial threats.
There has been little improvement in the way our treatment facilities operate, and we are still using filters at these plants unable to stop the kinds of contaminants present in our water supply.
The chemicals and pharmaceuticals in our drinking water are diluted, and are of a molecular weight no greater than water. As easily as water passes through these porous membrane filters, so do the diluted toxins and carcinogens.
While chemical and pharmaceutical drinking water pollution consists mostly of traces of these contaminants, the threat these substances pose to us is great.
Since there is typically more than one chemical or pharmaceutical present in drinking water at one time, the threat is much greater than if one individual contaminant was present.
This is because when two or more chemical contaminants combine in our drinking water, the potency of these substances can increase as much as 1,000 times.
This is pretty frightening when you consider there are more than two thousand carcinogenic substances present in our water. To prove the point about the increased potency of these substances, experts believe that the trace carcinogens in our water are responsible for the vast majority of all cancer cases in this country.
The sheer number of carcinogenic chemicals present in our water makes ingesting “supercharged” carcinogens very very indeed.
In order to avoid the pitfalls of drinking water pollution you need to take action to protect yourself, and your family.
You can make up for all of the inadequacies of the water treatment facilities by installing a tap water purifier in your home.
The most effective feature ion exchange, activated granular carbon, and sub micron filtration. This combination of filters can reduce your water's contamination level to as low as 1%.
Until politicians get serious about protecting us from drinking water pollution, we will have to take our own measures to guarantee our safety.