Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How safe is the water? Bottled Water. Water Filters. Fluoridation.

From Dr. Oz, three short videos:

"The shocking results from Dr. Oz’s special investigation are in. Arsenic, lead, known carcinogen chromium 6, and perchlorate – or rocket fuel – are among the contaminants you are being exposed to every day.
If you are concerned about the safety of your water, follow these action steps to protect you and your family:
  • Click here to get your city’s Consumer Confidence Report and find out if there are any violations in your area.
  • Call your local health department and see if they offer free or reduced-rate tap water tests.
  • Hire a lab to test your water. Testing may cost upwards of $125.
  • Choose a water filtration system to remove contaminants from your water at home. Click here for a guide to the best systems."

Is Bottled Water safe?
"Bottled water has a dirty secret: it may actually be tap water. Regulations for bottled water don’t have to be as good as those for tap water, and water companies are not required to tell you where the water you’re drinking is coming from or how they treat it. Watch to find out what else bottled water may be hiding.
An alternative to bottled water is filtering your own tap water and bottling it yourself. Click here for your guide to the best water filtration systems."

Local Drinking Water Information

"Welcome! Each year by July 1st you should receive in the mail an annual water quality report (Consumer Confidence Report) from your water supplier that tells you where your water comes from and what's in it.
Any community water system that serves more than 100,000 people is required to make its CCR available to customers on a publicly accessible web site. Other community water systems may choose to link their CCRs to EPA’s website as well so that you have easy access to information about your drinking water.

Click here to find the Consumer Confidence Report for your area. If you have any questions about your drinking water or the any of the reports, call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 1-800-426-4791. Click here for more information on the hotline.
Decoding Your Results: The EPA has drinking water standards in place to address more than 90 contaminants that may be found in drinking water. If a contaminant has a drinking water standard, it means that EPA has determined that it may occur in public water supplies, that it may have adverse health effects, and that regulation can provide meaningful health risk reduction.
In setting the drinking water standard for a contaminant, the EPA first estimates what level somebody could drink daily for 70 years without being expected to experience health impacts. In determining this non-enforceable public health goal, the EPA consider effects not just on the general population, but also on people who are more sensitive, like babies and pregnant women."


Another additive to water, fluoride:


Jay has gone to The Medical Center, Houston, with his mother.  He has an appointment at UTMB Dental Branch, across the street from where his mother has to go for her appointment.

Ray is still busy with his dying father-in-law,  so I am going shopping in the next town, as it is Wednesday.

1 comment:

pidge said...

You can't beat shopping on a day off.