Since the major news coverage of the Flint, Michigan tap water crisis, many other cities have been coming up in the news questioning their own municipal water supply. With many of the US municipal water systems "coming of age" we will likely be hearing much more news about issues about the health of our drinking water. Because of the outpour of frustration behind Flint many other cities are trying their best to not seek the same fate in the publics eyes. Their solution . . . underreport and systematically downplay the levels of contaminants such as lead and copper in the water.
Scientists have come forward stating that they are seeing blatant "distortion of test data" to make the water in their cities perceive to be healthier than it really is.
The controversial approach to water testing is so widespread that it occurs in “every major US city east of the Mississippi” according to an anonymous source with extensive knowledge of the lead and copper regulations. “By word of mouth, this has become the thing to do in the water industry. The logical conclusion is that millions of people’s drinking water is potentially unsafe.”
It is hard to believe that Flint, Michigan is a one-off case. With many of the major cities east of the Mississippi all under-reporting their levels of dangerous contaminants in the water, its only a matter of time before these reports hit the news stands. There comes a time in the very near future that our cities municipal water systems have run their course and will need to be updated. Original lead piping systems are planned to last between 60-95 years and many of those systems are overdue for an upgrade. We still have many questions to be answered, but its looking as if we will be hearing many more accounts of issues with municipal tap water systems.
In Sebring, Ohio in August of 2015 showed extreme levels of lead in their water because workers stopped adding chemicals that were leading to the pipes corroding faster. It took the city 5 months to recognize the problem and inform the local pregnant women and children to stop drinking the water and turn off public consumption of the water at local schools.
Just last week the city of Los Angeles had to provide bottled water to 5 schools which "mysteriously" were found to have murky water likely linked to the lead piping system.
We posted a blog post last week highlighting the State of Emergency declared in Newburgh, New York because high levels of PFOS in their water supply. http://www.clearlyfiltered.com/blogs/blog/116666884-water-contamination-in-new-york-water-supply
Rules and science are outdated. The E.P.A.’s trigger level for addressing lead in drinking water — 15 parts per billion — is not based on any health threat; rather, it reflects a calculation that water in at least nine in 10 homes susceptible to lead contamination will fall below that standard.
Is it time to hold the EPA accountable for testing and limit standards across the country? Shouldn't these standards be tied to the best interest of the health of the people paying for and consuming the water?
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A State of Emergency was declared in Newburgh, New York on Monday May 2, 2016, as the New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC) announced that it found elevated levels of the contaminant known as Petroflourooctanesulfonic acid or (PFOS). In response to the report, the Water Department has already changed its water supply until the source of the contamination is eliminated. Thankfully, public officials managed to identify the crisis quickly and begin amelioration of the problem. Upon changing the water sources, officials also instituted emergency water conservation measures to compensate for the decrease in clean drinking water. The conservation measure will likely remain in place until the source of the PFOS is eliminated and the restorative efforts are completed.
For those less familiar with the chemical in question, PFOS became popular in the early 1950’s for it’s use as a consumer water repellent like Scotch-guard. Use of this substance became so ubiquitous that by 1997 it was found to be present in nearly every blood sample and individual available for testing. In light of this troublesome news the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began performing studies on PFOS and PFOS-related compounds. The conclusions were damning to say the least. In both human and animal studies, PFOS has been linked to maladies such as: cancer, delays in physical development, stunted growth, endocrine (hormonal) disruption, neonatal mortality, and most recently immunosuppression. While there is a lot of bad news regarding PFOS, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. In May 2000, 3M, the largest producer of PFOS in the United States, voluntarily began a complete phase-out of the product here in America. In addition, a study performed in 2006 indicated that the average blood level of PFOS in American adults to have decreased by 60% in just seven years (1999-2006).
We at Clearly Filtered would like to extend our prayers and best wishes to those affected by this frightening emergency that is far too common today. We would also like to commend all the public agencies involved for their swift and proactive response to discovery of the contamination. This emergency highlights how important it is to be prepared and vigilant. While PFOS is on the decline here in America, it's use in countries such as China is actually increasing. In addition, there is no ban on industrial use of PFOS, which means there is still a likelihood of accidental contamination in the future. Currently, the EPA’s provisional health advisory is set at 0.2 ug/L. However, it is important to remember that health advisories are NOT enforceable. In other words these are industry goals; not mandates. There is no acceptable or safe level of PFOS.
So how can you protect yourself and your family from PFOS?
- Educate Yourself about your water supply. (Does your water contain PFOS or are you traveling to an area where PFOS contamination is prevalent i.e. China.)
- Determine your Filtration needs. (In the EPA’s Fact Sheet, the EPA recommends use of an activated carbon filter to treat water containing PFOS.)
Feel free to browse our selection of premium activated carbon filters.
-PFOS phaseout pays off by Rebecca Renner
Environ. Sci. Technol., 2008, 42 (13), pp 4618–4618
Publication Date (Web): July 1, 2008
Contaminated water sources Silver Stream and Lake Washington
Alternative water sources: Brown’s Pond and Catskills Aqueduct
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In January, we launched a campaign to help the citizens of Flint, Michigan gain access to clean and safe water in their homes and community.
According to CCN, “Flint, Michigan, lies about 70 miles from the shores of the largest group of fresh water bodies in the world: the Great Lakes. Yet its residents can't get clean water from their taps. Nearly two years ago, the state decided to save money by switching Flint's water supply from Lake Huron (which they were paying the city of Detroit for), to the Flint River, a notorious tributary that runs through town known to locals for its filth.
"We thought it was a joke," said Rhonda Kelso, a long-time Flint resident. "People my age and older, thought 'They're not going to do that.' "
The switch was made during a financial state of emergency for the ever-struggling industrial town. It was supposed to be temporary while a new state-run supply line to Lake Huron was ready for connection. The project was estimated to take about two years.” http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/11/health/toxic-tap-water-flint-michigan/
Since Clearly Filtered’s pitcher and bottle filters remove 97.5% of lead, we knew our filters had to be placed in the hands of the Flint community. Our loyal customers wanted to join Clearly Filtered and together we were able to donate over $25,000 worth of Clearly Filtered product.
The products were sent to a local church. The donations were distributed to three senior living centers, along with distributing the pitchers and bottles during a monthly food give away to Flint residents. According to the local church, “the kids loved the bottles and everyone was so appreciative!”.
Thank you to our Clearly Filtered family for making a difference in others’ lives through clean and safe water!
“Nearly two years ago, the state decided to save money by switching Flint's water supply from Lake Huron (which they were paying the city of Detroit for), to the Flint River, a notorious tributary that runs through town known to locals for its filth.” Sara Ganim and Ling Tran, CNN With the temporary solution, a devastating State of Emergency has been called for Flint, Michigan. The water from Flint River is 19 times more corrosive than Lake Huron. Water from Flint River is flowing through the lead pipes and the water is stripping the lead and leaching into the water supply.
Clean and Safe is what Clearly Filtered stands behind. With Clearly Filtered premium filter technology, the filters can remove up to 97.5% of lead and myriad of other contaminates from municipal tap water. The life of the pitcher filter is rated to last up to 200 gallons or 6 months compared to other industry standards that is 3 times the amount of filter life. Along with the pitcher filter, Clearly Filtered water bottles allow for clean water on the go. The water bottle filters will remove 97.5% of lead along with other contaminates and will last 6 months or 100 gallons.
Clearly Filtered is working hard to make sure citizens of Flint will have access to clean and safe water. Anyone can help the city of Flint by donating a pitcher or water bottle. Clearly Filtered will ship all the products directly to Flint, Michigan. Click to here to donate a pitcher or bottle.
- Are You Paying Bottled Water Prices for Municipal Tap Water?
- Are You Drinking Water that Tastes Good but is Still Filled with Unhealthy Contaminants?
- Do You Know that Some Water Pitcher Filters and Water Bottle Filters, Brita included, only Change the Taste but Do Not Remove the Harmful Chemicals?
Can you tell the difference between tap water and filtered water...water that has fluoride, chlorine and other contaminants removed through a purification and filtration process? Would you be surprised to learn that in side-by-side taste tests, most people preferred the taste of tap water to bottled water, even though tap water includes chlorine and a wide range of other contaminants? The fact is, the largest bottled water companies use water from the same source as tap water, and until recently, they have tried to hide it from you.
The world’s largest bottled water brand, Aquafina, has been challenged by Corporate Accountability International, and it is now changing its label to address claims of misleading marketing practices. The “P.W.S.” that has been on Aquafina’s label will now be spelled out as “Public Water Source,” which means it comes from the same supply as your tap water...tap water that has chlorine, fluoride and other contaminants that affect your water’s taste and safety. And it is not just Aquafina; many bottled water companies fill their water bottles with unfiltered, fluoride and contaminant containing water.
WalMart was recently criticized for drawing its bottled water from the Sacramento Municipal Water Supply. This was especially upsetting to California citizens who are being asked to reduce their water use during a difficult drought. The bottom line is, our drinking water is a complicated issue that includes a wide range of considerations and questions that you should be asking:
- what is the source of my bottled water...is it a public water supply?
- is my bottled water being filtered and/or purified?
- does my tap water contain fluoride?
- does my tap water contain unsafe contaminants?
- why does my water taste like chlorine?
- why does the fluoride in my water matter; why is fluoride in my water at all?
- why should I filter my tap water?
- is there a difference between a pitcher with a filter and a bottle with a filter?
- does Brita eliminate fluoride?
- does Brita eliminate harmful contaminants?
- is Brita only a solution for chlorine, taste and odor?
- is Brita healthier than tap water?
These are all questions you should be asking about your tap water AND your bottled water.
“Read the label carefully. If it is packaged as "purified" or "drinking water," chances are it came from a municipal water supply, and unless the water has been “substantially” altered, it must state on the label that the water comes from a municipal source.
Often images on the label show mountains, snow or other bodies of water. For example, the label design on Aquafina (from Pepsi) gives me the feeling of mountains and snow; implying that Aquafina may be from a mountain spring, rather than bottled at Pepsi plants using processed municipal water. Coke’s Dasani, also one of the leading bottled water brands is processed municipal water with added minerals. Many gallon jug waters are also from municipal sources.”
Phil Lempert, TODAY Show, Food Editor
On the other hand, consumers have a simple and easy choice to filter and remove chlorine, heavy metals, prescription drugs, hormones, pesticides, etc. from their tap water. Filtered tap water, particularly when filtered through a Clearly Filtered Pitcher or a Clearly Filtered Bottle, is the highest quality water you can drink, using the highest quality water filtration technology available today. Clearly Filtered not only changes the taste - often referred to as chlorine, taste and odor (CTO) - but it also removes the elements that contribute to the bad taste and odor - others reduce, Clearly Filtered removes (up to 99.9%).
Clearly Filtered Pitchers, as well as Clearly Filtered Bottles, don’t just reduce and/or mask the unhealthy contaminants and additives from tap water - additives that include chlorine and fluoride - Clearly Filtered Pitchers and Clearly Filtered Bottles actually remove these harmful elements. Imagine a water filter that effectively removes chlorine, pesticides, fluoride, pharmaceutical drugs, hormones, arsenic, lead, and much more. Imagine a water filter that doesn’t just reduce but rather eliminates. Clearly Filtered Water is the safest, cleanest, purest, best tasting water on the market, and it is as simple as using a Clearly Filtered Pitcher or a Clearly Filtered Bottle.