One morning, the topic of 'water quality' came into my mind and would not leave. I must have filled kid's cups and water bottles hundreds of times from the refrigerator, but this particular morning was different. It wouldn't go away.
I told my husband that I wonder what is in our water and that we should look at water filters. His answer, (with a look at me like I was a little crazy) ‘Why? We live in Atlanta, we get our water from Lake Lanier. It’s fine.” Probably. However, I'll still research water filters was my answer.
I didn’t have to research. The next day, the following appeared at top of a newsfeed.
Atlanta wasn’t on the list, but Pensacola, FL was. Since we lived in Pensacola, FL for eight years before Atlanta and our little girl was born there, it got my attention.
It gets worse. In another day or two, another piece glared at me on Ohio, near where I grew up. The one with global effects.
Ohio River. Still not over the rank of Pensacola water, the following glared - randomly appearing yet again, at top of one of my news feeds. It wasn't recently written, but it's significant, and global:
“The company has been sued hundreds of times for contamination both the environment and humankind. The chemical C8 is used to make the product Teflon, which can cause liver, prostate, and testicular cancer. Dupont was aware of this danger for a long time, but continued to use it in the manufacturing of products anyway.” (From GlobalResearch.ca)
**I grew up in Ohio. Not on the Ohio River, where the poison dumped into, but not far.
“…if the company had spent extra money and incinerated the chemical as 3M Co. had told them to, the water wouldn’t have been contaminated.” Source:
"Because it's an extremely stable chemical, C8 does not biodegrade. Instead, it bioaccumulates, building up in people's blood over time if they continue to drink water or breathe air laced with the substance. Due to its ubiquitous use, the chemical can now be found in trace amounts in the bloodstream of more than 98 percent of Americans, and even in umbilical cord blood and breast milk, according to the Centers for Disease Control."
Within a month, my husband asked me if I saw the article that came out about water reports in the U.S. Georgia didn’t come back as clear as I would have thought.
WHAT'S IN OUR WATER?
-Pharmaceuticals have been found in trace amounts in some public water sources.
-Agri-business industrial waste has been found in lakes.
-Heavy metals. Flint, Michigan alone should sound warning enough. Is this exclusive to Flint?
Fluoride is a natural occurring element; however, not sure the fluoride in our drinking water is as naturally sourced as one would want.
I was made aware of a situation in Ohio where a family member would rent a cottage every summer on the lake near Columbus. The water became filled with algae reportedly from the agri-industry run-off waste, making water quality hazardous. Warning signs had to be posted. Air quality became affected. They no longer rent the cottage.
All of the above - from northeast Ohio to Pensacola was a little disturbing. Water filters? Purified water? Options?
At the close of this writing, I researched filters, and found this - in Washington state: