How Safe is Your Water?
Municipalities are failing when it comes to water treatment. Funding is constantly being reduced and agencies simply can’t keep up with the ever increasing number and level of contaminants. They just keep playing catch up, leaving you exposed. The most prevailing and common approach to treating contaminants is to dump chlorine into the water supply. When municipalities get around to testing the water, if the contaminant level is above “acceptable” they just put more chlorine into the water supply. The aging infrastructure of city water delivery systems results in equipment and power failures that are not always publicly reported and affect your water quality.
Chlorine is used by many municipalities to kill bacteria and other microorganisms in the water supply. Studies have shown an association between chlorine, its by products and cancer.
Cryptosporidium, also known as Crypto or Cyst, is a microscopic parasite which is most commonly transmitted through drinking water. According to the CDC, Cryptosporidium is one of the most frequent causes of waterborne disease among humans in the United States.
THMs (trihalomethanes) are a broad category of organic chemical compounds that are formed from organic compounds interacting with chlorine. Continued exposure to THMs can have harmful effects to the kidneys, liver, and central nervous system.
VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long term adverse health effects. VOCs can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, or damage to the liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals and some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.
Why a Whole House System
Certain contaminants such as chlorine and VOCs are easily absorbed through the skin. Your body absorbs these dangerous contaminants every time you bathe, shower, brush your teeth, or even wash your hands. Under the sink filters, refrigerator filters, or bottled water only provide filtered water from one location. Unless you are showering or bathing your children in the sink, you are exposed.
“Up to 2/3 of the harmful effects of chlorine is due to inhalation and skin absorption while showering.” – American Journal of Public Health
“One common factor among women with breast cancer is that they all have 50-60% higher levels of these chlorination by-products (THMs) in their fat tissue than women without breast cancer.” – BreastCancerFund.org