Water Myths #1: “Our filters remove the bad stuff while leaving in the good stuff”.

Filter companies often make the claim that their filters “remove the bad stuff while leaving in the good stuff.” This claim is completely ridiculous. This statement simply doesn’t make sense because to do this the filter would have to a) know what specific contaminants are in the water (of the more than 84,000 contaminants), be…

Taking Care of the Junk in Drinking Water – Why it’s so Important

Over the past four or five months we’ve created many blogs, all with a connection to your drinking water, and ultimately, the health of you, your family, your friends and business associates. We have covered instances where there was E-Coli and Cryptosporidium and sewage in the drinking water. We talked about pharmaceuticals and dry cleaning…

Is my tap water safe to drink?

Unfortunately, it depends upon your definition of “safe”. This may sound ridiculous, but when the government says that your tap water is safe, they mean that it has met their legal definition of “safe drinking water”. But consider this; even if your tap water meets the legal definition of “safe drinking water”, that does not…

Congress Takes Further Steps to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water

The Lame Duck session of Congress certainly packed a lot into a few weeks.  One of the Bills passed by the House and the Senate and sent through to the President for his signature was a Bill to reduce lead used in plumbing fixtures used for drinking water transmission.  The old Federal level allowed up…

Chromium in Drinking Water

Chromium is a mineral which is widespread in nature.  It is odorless and tasteless. Chromium is found naturally in rocks, plants, soil and volcanic dust, humans and animals.   There are two relatively common forms of Chromium – chromium 3 (trivalent chromium) occurs naturally in many vegetables, fruits, meats, grains and yeast, and chromium 6…

Terrorists May Strike Food – Can Water be Far Behind?

CBS News has reported that the Saudi’s have uncovered an Al Qaeda plot to possibly poison food in the US with ricin and cyanides.  Apparently the plan is to simultaneously attack hotels and restaurants over a single weekend. Should that occur, most victims would be unaware of their exposure until they come down with the…

So what is distilled water?

Today I’d like to discuss the terminology of different water treatment methods, as it can be quite confusing.  There is a whole book published about the scientific terminology of water, which is fairly complicated, so my goal is to explain it for you in everyday language.  “Purified water” is a term used to describe water…

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…

‘Twas the month before Christmas, and I was sitting in my house, “What to get my loved ones?” I whispered like a mouse.   Catalogs were spread on the counter with care, in hopes that the perfect gift I would soon find there. I thought of glassware or sheets for their beds, but something more…

Well Water and Your Drinking Water.

If you live in a rural area and have a private well, the well construction quality is important when considering the quality of your drinking water.  Fortunately most newly commissioned wells have been found to be vast improvements over older wells and hence the chance of bacterial contamination in your drinking water is lower. Nevertheless,…