You Need To Know About Your Drinking Water
By Tom Condon, Microbiologist
you hold up a glass of water, it looks clean and pure, and in
most cases it is. But often there may be contaminants lurking
too small to see with the naked eye.
Nutrition magazine states that some 20% of Americans are
exposed to substandard drinking water. Self magazine estimates
that 50 million Americansroughly one in fiveare exposed to
potentially harmful levels of hazardous materials whenever they
open a faucet.
problem is that most of the nation's drinking water treatment
systems in the U.S. were developed prior to World War I.* To
bring these systems up to modern standards, the U.S. would have
to spend $123 billion over the next 20 years.**
are looking at a variety of treatments to prevent contamination
of public drinking water. Despite their best efforts, 25% of
communities provide drinking water that contains excessive
levels of biological, chemical or radioactive contaminants.***
Nutrition magazine states that some 20% of Americans are exposed
to substandard drinking water"
is the preferred treatment used by cities to control harmful
bacteria and water-borne parasites in public drinking water. But
when chlorine reacts with organic compounds in the water, it
produces trihalomethanes, which may cause cancer. Ironically,
cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite that can cause serious
illness or even death, is resistant to chlorine.
water can be an alternative.
more you know about your drinking water, the more confidence you
will have when serving it to your family.
Natural Resources Defense Council, 1993.
**Weight Watchers magazine, 9/97.
***Environmental Nutrition, 9/95.
Tom Condon is a
microbiologist and holds Class, A, B, C & D licenses as an
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Public Water Supply