Archives for the month of: June, 2013

Protect Your Family

When water leaves a municipal treatment facility, it meets all the guidelines of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  But, the water coming out of your faucet may not.  Water travels a long distance to reach your home or business.  It typically goes from a water treatment facility, to a water tower, through miles of pipes, to your home where it goes through your home’s plumbing, and finally to your faucet.  Furthermore, many consumers have older or contaminated water pipes in their home which, unknown to them, can decrease the quality of their drinking water.  Replacing a home’s plumbing can be costly, and providing municipal water to the requirements or needs for all residents in a community is unrealistic and can be unaffordable. The good news is that options are available to overcome these obstacles.

The Final Barrier concept recommends the use of drinking water filtration systems to ensure quality drinking water is available at the water faucet.   Use of the “Final Barrier” can address issues such as:

  • Disinfection byproducts formed during treatment and delivery to homes
  • Corrosion products from the distribution system
  • Corrosion or other products from unknown sources in home plumbing
  • Contaminant intrusions into the system from distribution line breaks
  • Trace levels of unregulated contaminants such as endocrine disruptors

Final Barrier treatment is the right solution for many communities and their residents.

  • The Final Barrier controls the water quality at the point of use. Technologies are currently tested, certified, and available for use by consumers to economically treat the 1% of water for drinking to the highest safety levels at the point where water is consumed.
  • Drinking water treated with a certified system provides water that exceeds the Safe Drinking Water Act so it is better for people with special needs such as pregnant women, babies, and the elderly.
  • Several municipalities have found it more cost-effective to subsidize “Final Barrier” in-home systems rather than pay for centralized water treatment or installing new water pipes or treatment facilities.

Every household faces different water issues and a myriad of possible concerns.  You may need to do some home testing and research to find out what contaminants you may be facing.  Or consider calling in a trained professional whose expertise and equipment will pinpoint your areas of concern and offer you solutions.

With certified products that are right for you, you can build your Final Barrier.


Well water and Human Health


The first step to protect your health and the health of your family is learning about what may pollute your source of drinking water. Potential contamination may occur naturally, or as a result of human activity.

What are Some Naturally Occurring Sources of Pollution?

  • Microorganisms: Bacteria, viruses, parasites and other microorganisms are sometimes found in water. Shallow wells — those with water close to ground level — are at most risk. Runoff, or water flowing over the land surface, may pick up these pollutants from wildlife and soils. This is often the case after flooding. Some of these organisms can cause a variety of illnesses. Symptoms include nausea and diarrhea. These can occur shortly after drinking contaminated water. The effects could be short-term yet severe (similar to food poisoning) or might recur frequently or develop slowly over a long time.
  • Radionuclides: Radionuclides are radioactive elements such as uranium and radium. They may be present in underlying rock and ground water
  • Radon: Radon isa gas that is a natural product of the breakdown of uranium in the soil — can also pose a threat. Radon is most dangerous when inhaled and contributes to lung cancer. Although soil is the primary source, using household water containing Radon contributes to elevated indoor Radon levels. Radon is less dangerous when consumed in water, but remains a risk to health.
  • Nitrates and Nitrites: Although high nitrate levels are usually due to human activities (see below), they may be found naturally in ground water. They come from the breakdown of nitrogen compounds in the soil. Flowing ground water picks them up from the soil. Drinking large amounts of nitrates and nitrites is particularly threatening to infants (for example, when mixed in formula).
  • Heavy Metals: Underground rocks and soils may contain arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, and selenium. However, these contaminants are not often found in household wells at dangerous levels from natural sources.
  • Fluoride: Fluoride is helpful in dental health, so many water systems add small amounts to drinking water. However, excessive consumption of naturally occurring fluoride can damage bone tissue. High levels of fluoride occur naturally in some areas. It may discolor teeth, but this is not a health risk.



What You Can Do

Private, individual wells are the responsibility of the homeowner. To help protect your well, here are some steps you can take:

Have your water tested periodically. It is recommended that water be tested every year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels. If you suspect other contaminants, test for those. Always use a state certified laboratory that conducts drinking water tests. Since these can be expensive, spend some time identifying potential problems.

Testing more than once a year may be warranted in special situations:

  • someone in your household is pregnant or nursing
  • there are unexplained illnesses in the family
  • your neighbors find a dangerous contaminant in their water
  • you note a change in water taste, odor, color or clarity
  • there is a spill of chemicals or fuels into or near your well
  • when you replace or repair any part of your well system

Identify potential problems as the first step to safeguarding your drinking water. The best way to start is to consult a local expert, someone that knows your area, such as the local health department, agricultural extension agent, a nearby public water system, or a geologist at a local university (See more detailed information below).

Be aware of your surroundings. As you drive around your community, take note of new construction. Check the local newspaper for articles about new construction in your area.

Check the paper or call your local planning or zoning commission for announcements about hearings or zoning appeals on development or industrial projects that could possibly affect your water.

Attend these hearings, ask questions about how your water source is being protected, and don’t be satisfied with general answers. Make statements like “If you build this landfill, (just an example) what will you do to ensure that my water will be protected.” See how quickly they answer and provide specifics about what plans have been made to specifically address that issue.

Identify Potential Problem Sources

To start your search for potential problems, begin close to home. Do a survey around your well:

  • is there livestock nearby?
  • are pesticides being used on nearby agricultural crops or nurseries?
  • do you use lawn fertilizers near the well?
  • is your well “downstream” from your own or a neighbor’s septic system?
  • is your well located near a road that is frequently salted or sprayed with de-icers during winter months?
  • do you or your neighbors dispose of household wastes or used motor oil in the backyard, even in small amounts?

If any of these items apply, it may be best to have your water tested and talk to your local public health department or agricultural extension agent to find way to change some of the practices which can affect your private well.

In addition to the immediate area around your well, you should be aware of other possible sources of contamination that may already be part of your community or may be moving into your area. Attend any local planning or appeal hearings to find out more about the construction of facilities that may pollute your drinking water. Ask to see the environmental impact statement on the project. See if underground drinking water sources has been addressed. If not, ask why.

Common Sources of Potiental Ground Water Contamination

Category Contaminant Source
  • Animal burial areas
  • Drainage fields/wells
  • Animal feedlots
  • Irrigation sites
  • Fertilizer storage/use
  • Manure spreading areas/pits, lagoons
  • Pesticide storage/use

How a Water Evaluation Works: Easy as 1-2-3

  1. A Water of Life water specialist will come to your home and perform a series of tests that will measure both mineral and contaminant levels in your water supply.
  2. The specialist will show you what’s in your water, then thoroughly explain what the causes might be and what types of products can treat them effectively.
  3. The whole evaluation takes only about an hour, and you will have all the information you’ll need about the types of water issues you have and what you can do about them. Remember, the evaluation is FREE: there are no strings attached and no obligation to buy.

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