Is Our Earth Habitability Ending Sooner Than Expected?
Our Earth's Water
My Introduction to Water Contamination
Don't know about you, but I was mostly unaware of the vast problems facing our world until my daughter began complaining about burning skin taking a bath. The same day, when I turned on the tap water to get a glass of water, a light blue colored substance with swimming pool odor came out. The month before, we had sand coming out of our tap with the water. That time, the water company dug up our pipes to find that leak. This is a bigger problem, so I contacted our water company. I was informed that the recent drilling issue that caused sand in our water, had also caused some, "bacterial issues." So, the water company increased the bleach to "kill the bacteria." The lady, from the water company, said they could put something in the water to reduce the swimming pool smell, and promised to send someone out to test the water toxicity. If needed, she said they would adjust the Chlorine concentration level..
Well, her answer really didn't help me as my daughter has always been allergic to Chlorine. I wondered life on our Earth is going through. Science reports Earth is habitable for another 1.75 billion years, as long as nuclear holocaust, an errant asteroid or some other disaster doesn't intervene. It seems toxic water fits the bill as "some other disaster." But you deside.
What is really happened to our tap and underground water sources? According to my research articles: most tap and well water in the U.S. now are not safe for drinking due to heavy industrial and environmental pollution. We have reached to a point that, all sources of our drinking water, including municipal water systems, wells, lakes, rivers, and even glaciers, contain some level of contamination. Contaminants range from naturally-occurring minerals to man-made chemicals and by-products. While many contaminants are found at levels not enough not to cause immediate discomforts or sicknesses, it is proven that even low-level exposure to many common contaminants will, over time, cause severe illness including liver damage, cancer, and other serious ailments. Even the chemicals commonly used to treat municipal water supplies such as chlorine and fluoride are toxic and are known to have significant adverse effects on the human body.
Is environmental water quality really a major concern? Environmental water contamination is the leading worldwide cause of death and disease and it adversely affects over 1 billion people every day in developing countries. Even here in the United States we often struggle with water pollution caused by natural disasters and human activities. A recent national report on our water quality revealed that 45% of assessed stream miles, 47% of assessed lake acres, and 32% of assessed bays square miles were classified as polluted. Ground and well water sources may also become contaminated due to the problems associated with industrial dumping, hydraulic fracking, and agricultural byproducts.
It is easy to see why water pollution is a major problem for the animals and plants which live in those ecosystems, but the truth is it also negatively affects people. These same contaminated water sources are also where we get our seafood, where we swim and play, and even where our tap water is drawn from. While tap water is treated thoroughly to reduce pollution, some contaminants may still remain including heavy metals, chemicals, microbes, and pharmaceuticals drugs. Everyone who uses tap or well water will be exposed to some level of these contaminants every day.
Governmental guide to Water Treatment
Since 2004 AWWA [American Waterworks Association] has conducted a State of the Water Survey using the EPA enforceable regulations for water disinfectants, called a maximum residual disinfectant [essentially toxic chemicals] to determine the level, at the following levels: Terms: Disinfectant, MRDLG[Maximum residual disinfect ion level goal.], MRDL[Maximum contaminant level: the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.]
Current water contaminates include:
- Physical contaminants primarily impact the physical appearance or other physical properties of water. Examples of physical contaminants are sediment or organic material suspended in the water of lakes, rivers and streams from soil erosion.
- Chemical contaminants are elements or compounds. These contaminants may be naturally occurring or man-made. Examples of chemical contaminants include nitrogen, bleach, salts, pesticides, metals, toxins produced by bacteria, and human or animal drugs.
- Biological contaminants are organisms in water. They are also referred to as microbes or microbiological contaminants. Examples of biological or microbial contaminants include bacteria, viruses, protozoan, and parasites.
- Radiological contaminants are chemical elements with an unbalanced number of protons and neutrons resulting in unstable atoms that can emit ionizing radiation. Examples of radiological contaminants include cesium, plutonium and uranium.
Drinking Water Contaminates
Whales Die in Mass Numbers due to toxic water
Toxic ocean water
On (Jan. 14, 2017, news hit regarding whales dying in ocean due to toxic ocean water. in the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation presented data from 1,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) across Europe that showed the highest concentrations of man-made contaminants, most notably PCBs [Primary biliary cirrhosis: is a disease in which the bile ducts in your liver are slowly destroyed], ever recorded in ocean mammals. The researchers concluded that UK cetaceans are at risk of extinction due to lingering toxic chemicals.
Arsenic moves from the ground to large bodies of water
Arsenic is added to water in multiple ways including fracking. The legal limit for arsenic in water applied by the World Health Organization (WHO) is 10 μg/L.: Arsenic is applied in different shapes and forms, and can enter water bodies as such. Large quantities of arsenic that are released from volcanic activity some caused by fracking. Fracking has been in existence for decades, however, the scale and type of drilling now taking place, deep fracking, is a new form of drilling first used in Texas in 1999. Hydrofracking developed in the late 1940s to gain access to oil is bringing about new concerns about volcanic and arsenic affected drinking water contamination. Growing concerns have prompted the United Nations to propose adding arsenic-free water supplies to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program for would monitor the contaminant under its charge for ensuring “safely managed drinking water services.”
- fracking | engineering | Britannica.com
fracking: In natural gas and petroleum production, the injection of a fluid at high pressure into an underground rock formation in order to open fissures and allow trapped gas or crude oil...
Fluoride introduced into water supply as tooth decay prevention
The Fluoride has been fought for many years. Medical research , in 2001 proved the opposite of the common belief that it helps prevent tooth decay, in fact it does cause or contribute to chronic health ailments including: Arthritis, Gastrointestinal Effects Bone Fracture, Hypersensitivity Brain Effects, Kidney Disease Cancer, Male Fertility Cardiovascular Disease, Pineal Gland Diabetes, Skeletal Fluorosis Endocrine Disruption, and Thyroid Disease. EPA stated: “We hold that water fluoridation is an unreasonable risk.” So why keep fluoride in the water system and put it into toothpaste and mouth wash? The allegedly “safe” upper limit of fluoride in water (4 mg/l) is toxic to human health. Natural Resources Defense Council cautions “pregnant women, young children, the elderly, people with chronic illnesses and those with weakened immune systems can be especially vulnerable to the risks posed by contaminated water.” Larry West Updated July 24, 2017
Fluoride’s addition creates ammonium fluosilicate, an established solvent for metallic copper alloys .Chloramines aggressively leach copper and other metals from whatever it touches. . Recent research has connected “hidden” dots linking fluoride with the most dread of all diseases – Alzheimer’s (AD). But it may not be fluoride directly, but it leeches from your copper pipes.
The truth about unhealthy Fluoride
50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoride in water
- Fluoride Action Network | 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation
In Europe, Ireland (73%), Poland (1%), Serbia (3%), Spain (11%), U.K. (11%) fluoridate in water. In U.S.70% of public water supplies are fluoridated. This equates to approximately 185 million people with fluoridation issues
Chlorine Dioxide or Chlorine[Bleach], "might be harmful"?
Chlorine, 4 mg/L or 4 ppm, 4.0 mg/L or 4 ppm as an annual average Chlorine Dioxide, 0.8 mg/L or 800 parts per billion (ppb), 0.8 mg/L or 800 ppb MRDLs are set as close to the health goals as possible. According to the EPA, If you are exposed to chlorine dioxide or chlorite might be harmful. Factors include the dose (how much), the duration (how long), and how you come in contact with them. You must also consider any other chemicals you are exposed to and your age, sex, diet, family traits, lifestyle, and state of health.
Recent concerns: September 14, 2017 re: chlorine washed chicken posing a risk to eat has recently been in the news. But, it's in all our water now. Article states may set more stringent drinking water MRDLGs and MRDLs for disinfectants than EPA. Another reason poultry in the US is chlorinated is that farmers are not required to vaccinate against diseases such as Salmonella. Britain and the EU have widespread vaccination programs.
It is important to note that while the EPA regulates public water supplies, it's the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who is mandated to regulate bottled water. It's their goal to ensure it is made in sanitary conditions using food-grade equipment. There is a battle taking place with the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) requesting that the FDA Standard of Quality for bottled water should be as stringent as the EPA's standards for public drinking water. But will that be enough?
The current bleaching with cholorine has already all but destroyed Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and NOAA's experts say that warm ocean temperatures will soon trigger bleaching in the northern hemisphere, " Bleaching occurs when overly warm ocean waters cause coral to expel the algae living inside of it, which turns the coral white and erodes its structures,
Chlorine Bleach Plants
- Report Finds 63 Million Americans Endangered by Chlorine Bleach Plants | Greenpeace | Common Dreams
Today, Greenpeace released a new report on the hazards posed by chlorine bleach plants across the United States. According to findings, 86 facilities continue to needlessly use huge quantities of chlorine gas in their manufacturing process and endang
Chloramine essentially a combination of chlorine & ammonia added to water
Chloramine is used as a secondary disinfectant in municipal water distribution systems as an alternative to chlorination at , 4 milligrams per liter (mg/L) or 4 parts per million (ppm), 4.0 mg/L or 4 ppm as an annual average.. Water utilities believe chloramine produces less amounts of regulated disinfect ion byproducts than chlorine. Thus, utilities are transitioning from chlorine to chloramine as their form of disinfectant. But chloramine should not be added to water.They do this in our State.
Here are five reasons why it has no place in our drinking water: 1] Chloramine is an ineffective disinfectant. According to Hach, a global company in water quality testing, chloramine is 25 times less effective than chlorine in disinfect ion.2} Ammonia is a food source for bacteria, so when the chloramine breaks down, the ammonia actually feeds the bacteria it is supposed to stop.3] This is consistent with the fact any chloramine water must have chloramine removed before use in fish tanks and kidney dialysis. Further, chloramine is five times more damaging to respiratory illnesses in hospitals where routine use of chloramine was used to disinfect. 4) Chloramine is very corrosive, particularly with lead and copper. In Washington D.C., chloramines were the cause of lead leeching into the water and causing learning disabilities in children under five years old: Chloramine was supposed to be a "safer" water disinfectant than chlorine because it reduces formation of toxic chlorination byproducts. A 2005 survey by the American Water Works Association found that approximately a third of all utilities now use chloramines.
Ammonia added to water
PDF with information on water additives
Lead leeched into the water supply
The lead pollution crisis of the Washington, D.C. water supply in 2009 caused lead poisoning. This is what is happening to my water pipes and caused the blue colored water. The culprit that caused it, the water disinfection chemical chloramine - is a powerful example of how things can go terribly wrong when water quality problems are considered and tackled in isolation. Lead is leaking into the water in AZ because of the high level of chloramine and chlorine bleach being put into the water supply.. Warning sign you might have lead: Light blue water is an indication that lead is being leached by the excess chlorine in the water. Our bathroom water is light blue, oh dear!
Huffington Post weighs in about lead being added to the water in Flint Water Disaster. "Federal law requires that water systems which are sent through lead pipes must contain an additive that seals the lead into the pipe and prevents it from leaching into the water. Someone at the beginning suggested to the governor that they add this anti-corrosive element to the water coming out of the Flint River" What happens when fluorosilicates in water pass through lead-containing pipes and metal fixtures? Not surprisingly, the fluorosilicates extract high levels of soluble lead from leaded-brass metal parts (researchers from the Environmental Quality Institute of the University of North Carolina-Asheville performed this actual experiment).
Nestle Bottled Water takes crystal spring water from California Residents
The Water Initiative [T.W.I.]
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Making water from air
Because of the new knowledge I have obtained I have told all my neighbors to get water filtration systems. There is nothing we can do to help our pipes. We still have blue substance coming out of our water pipes even though according to our water company, "The level of bleach has been reduced."
My neighbor was having issues with water leaks due to weakened pipes due to the chlorine leeching that caused the pipes to weaken and burst. She ended up replacing all the pipes with plastic which is not something that will last for a long time.
Hopefully after you read this article, you will have time to save your family from illness as well. The water filters I purchased remove up to 97% of the toxins in the water and it is amazing how much better my daughter's skin is..
We all need to work together to save our planets water supply! As "Doctor Who" says, "Don't drink the water because it's hazardous to your health." Amen to that!
It seems irrational that we humans can't resolve this essential issue so we can save our planet. There are so many non toxic methods that won't kill all life on Earth available to use like: vinegar, baking soda, oranges, limes and lemons. Why not start in your home today!