Properly Filter Your Water

Each year, red flags over toxic drinking water are raised across the U.S., with reasons varying from location to location. One major problem is aging water pipes, which have become an increasingly common source of toxic exposure. In fact, in a 2013 report, the American Society for Civil Engineers warned that most of the drinking water infrastructure across the nation is “nearing the end of its useful life.”

The American Water Works Association estimates it would cost more than $1 trillion to update and replace all the water pipes in the U.S. — money that many water utilities do not have. Water pollution is another grave concern, as water treatment plants cannot filter out all of the toxins now entering the water, from firefighting chemicals and agricultural chemicals, to drugs and microcystins, nerve toxins produced by freshwater cyanobacteria.

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Top bottled water brands contaminated with plastic particles: report

Miami (AFP) – The world’s leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday.

“Widespread contamination” with plastic was found in the study, led by microplastic researcher Sherri Mason of the State University of New York at Fredonia, according to a summary released by Orb Media, a US-based non-profit media collective.

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Is it REALLY Safe to Drink Bottled Water?

Bottled water is sold all over the world. Available in grocery and convenience stores, restaurants, recreation centers, schools, gas stations, and almost everywhere… bottled water is a staple stock item. But is bottled water safe?

In recent years there has been a lot of controversy about water. Some say the water in the bottles, even in fancy labeled brands claiming to come from far away mountain springs, is actually from city tap water. Others say that city tap water is actually good for you because it’s fluoridated and fluoride is good for your teeth − especially children’s teeth.

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Hundreds of OC homes could face possible damaging leaks from holes in pipes

When Enrique Del Rivero turns on the tap, he worries that water could also be flowing elsewhere.

“It is stressful. It’s always on the back of your mind,” said the husband and father of two.

The Del Rivero’s moved to Ladera Ranch in South Orange County in 2006. The home with the view just two years old. He said the stress began several years later in 2012, when they returned from a week-long vacation.
“You could touch the ceiling and your fingers could go through the ceiling,” he said about the water damage.

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Pinhole leaks plague South County homeowners

The Bustos family was knee-deep in a remodel to their 12-year-old Ladera Ranch home when their daughter noticed something odd: bubbling white paint on new base molding.

“My husband said, ‘That’s water,’ ” Pam Bustos said, recalling that mid-October night.

The maple hardwood floors they’d just paid $3,000 to refinish felt warm beneath their bare feet as they pulled a buffet cabinet out from a freshly painted wall. Then they saw seeping evidence of a problem that would cost nearly $17,000 to fix and is still causing the family grief.

Lead-Laced Water In Flint: A Step-By-Step Look At The Makings Of A Crisis

Lead seepage into the drinking water in Flint, Mich., has caused a massive public health crisis and prompted President Obama to declare a federal state of emergency there.

The problem began when the city switched its water supply in 2014. Almost immediately, residents of Flint — a majority-black city where 40 percent of people live in poverty — started complaining about the quality of the water. City and state officials denied for months that there was a serious problem.

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Assured water was safe, Newark residents outraged after testing reveals lead contamination

Four years after Flint, Michigan’s water crisis first captured nationwide attention, Newark, New Jersey also faces questions about its water supply. About 15,000 lead pipes connect the city’s reservoir to homes. Newark officials had insisted the water was safe, but state testing found elevated lead levels. The city is now facing a lawsuit from a non-profit on behalf of residents.

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