Who Says Tap Water Is Unhealthy?
Tap Water Can Be Unhealthy but Still Legal. The 35-year-old federal law regulating tap water is so out of date that the water Americans drink can pose what scientists say are serious health risks -- and still be legal.
New York Times: Toxic Water Series, Thursday, December 17, 2009
Stop Buying Bottled Water. Americans spend a staggering amount on bottled water - $15 billion last year. Name brands in small bottles can cost more than $10 per gallon while tap water costs about 1/2 of a cent per gallon. If you feel the tap water in your area needs further filtration to be palatable, many commercial filtration systems are available that filter water directly at the tap or in containers which translate to a cost of approximately 18 cents per gallon.
Parade Magazine: How to Stretch Your Paycheck, Thursday, December 17, 2009
Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water, Records Show: Studies indicate that drinking water contaminants are linked to millions of instances of illness within the United States each year.
New York Times: Toxic Water Series, December 7, 2009
Debating How Much Weed Killer Is Safe in Your Water Glass. Atrazine has become among the most common contaminants in American reservoirs and other sources of drinking water. New research suggests that the weed killer may be dangerous at lower concentrations than previously thought, particularly for fetuses.
New York Times: Toxic Water Series, August 22, 2009
Study: Dirty tap water puts pregnant women at risk. The study identified areas that may have increased health risks including miscarriage, neural tube defects and reduced fetal growth from women drinking chlorination byproducts.
USA Today: Health & Science Report, January 8, 2002
Our Children at Risk: Drinking Water Contamination. Unhealthy drinking water affects children in different ways than it does adults. There is cause for special concern for the health of children who drink tap water. Legal standards for most waterborne contaminants generally have been set based on the health effects of pollutants on average adults; consequently, the health of millions of people may not be protected.
Natural Resources Defense Council, November, 1997
"Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is as much as 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine."
U.S. Council of Environmental Quality
"We have known for a long time that chloramines can trigger, rather than cause asthma.
Ralph Riley, Head of the National Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group
"Each day in America, about 30 cases of rectal cancer may be associated with THMs (chlorination by products) in drinking water."
Natural Resources Defense Council
"U.S. drinking water contains more than 2,100 toxic chemicals that can cause cancer."
Ralph Nader Research Group
"Drinking water plants are old and out of date, and water supplies are increasingly threatened and contaminated by chemicals and micro-organisms."
Natural Resources Defense Council
"The way we guarantee safe drinking water is broken and needs to be fixed."
Carol Browner, U.S. EPA Chief
"The risk of disease associated with public drinking water has passed from the theoretical to the real."
Dr. David Ozonoff, Boston University School of Public Health
"More than 45 million Americans drank water supplied by systems where the unregulated and potentially deadly contaminant Cryptosporidium was found in their raw or treated water."
Natural Resources Defense Council
"Drinking water in the U.S. is among the top four public health risks posed by environmental problems."
Former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly
"Residues of 39 pesticides and their degradation products have been detected in the groundwater of 34 states."
National Academy of Sciences
"Thirty-five percent of the reported gastrointestinal illnesses among tap water drinkers were water related and preventable."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"There's no telling precisely how many Americans get sick each year from drinking bad water... I would say that the cases we learn
about are the tip of the iceberg."
Deborah Levy, Waterborne Disease Expert, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Weed killers were found in tap water of 28 out of 29 cities tested. The results of these tests reveal widespread contamination of tap water
with many different pesticides at levels that present serious health risks. We estimate that 45,000 infants in these 29 cities drank infant
formula reconstituted with tap water contaminated with multiple weed killers."
Environmental Working Group Report, "Weed Killers by the Glass"
"Each year in the U.S., lead in drinking water contributes to 480,000 cases of learning disorders in children and 560,000 cases of hypertension
in adult males."
U.S. EPA Report Summary
"Lead is the number-one environmental health threat to our children."
"The one thing we know for sure about toxins in our drinking water, is that the more we look, the more we find."
Jacquelyn Warren, Natural Resources Defense Council
And the list goes on and on!
The fact is that today in our industrialized society we use over 75,000 toxic chemicals, and over 1000 new ones are developed each year. We have learned the hard way that any chemical we use will eventually wind up in the water we drink. There is no "new water," the planet just keeps reusing and recycling the same water over and over. Our water treatment plants are not designed to remove these synthetic chemicals, and as a result we find traces of health-threatening contaminants in most of our public water supplies.
Seventy years ago, before we had this multitude of chemical compounds in our environment, 1 in 50 people could expect to get cancer in his or her life time. Today, 1 in 3 Americans, 1 in 2 males, will become cancer statistics! Cancer is a man-made disease, and almost completely preventable. The purity of our water is one of the most important factors in the prevention of degenerative disease. With the risk so great and the solution so simple, why take the chance? In-home water filtration is the easiest, most effective and most economical way to have safe, healthy water for you and your family.
Aquasana makes healthy water affordable and convenient. The AQ-4000 is certified by the California Department of Health Services, the most rigorous certification entity in the world, to remove greater than 99% of alachlor, benzene, lindane, TCE, THMs, cryptosporidium, giardia, and VOCs, more than 97% of atrazine, and more than 93% of MTBE. Removal of benzene, atrazine, MTBE, VOC, cyst and THM is unique to the Aquasana AQ-4000. It performs better, has a more attractive design and, at 10¢ a gallon, the AQ-4000 is much more economical to use than a pour-through pitcher filter!