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Say it isn’t so! There has been an explosion of water concerns in the news. It appears that our clean water supply is diminishing daily. This summer alone, there has been continuous coverage on global warming and increasing water temperatures that may be causing flesh-eating bacteria across multiple states.

Then there is the debate to replace an older pipeline in the Minnesota Boundary Water Canoe Area, which could result in toxic contamination. With the mapped findings by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Northwestern University showing exposed contaminates in the country’s drinking water, it’s time to think about safer options to protect your family. 

Ewe, Filthy Mouth, Clean it Up!

Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors our tap water, in a May 2018 report it was said that "The EPA and the public may not know if water arriving at taps meets national drinking water standards.” Well how comforting!

The recent exposure to the possibilities of unsafe PFA levels in our drinking water and the idea that over 43 states in the US are affected is quite alarming. While criticized for being slow-moving, the EPA says they are focused on taking the appropriate actions needed with the PFAs Action Plan.

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By the end of 2019, the EPA is scheduled to determine whether to set maximum contamination limits for PFA findings. PFA chemicals are nonbiodegradable and may be linked to increased risk of thyroid disease and cancer, birth and immunity response defects, and infertility. As such, many states are taking steps to set their own rules around this type of contamination. 

Many big corporations such as 3M and DuPont, are using alternative chemicals.  However according to environmental advocate Erin Brockovich, we have about 80,000+ industry-used chemicals currently that are not being tested.  Free water testing is available to find out what is in your water.

Protection Matters

We at Water Doctors can help; keep reading for tips to protect your family. 

  • Tip #1: The first and simplest tip is to TEST your water. That way you are knowledgeable about what you should be treating. Make sure to check your Consumer Confidence Report, which lists home water contaminants and violations and is sent to homeowners yearly (renters should be able to download it.) 
  • Tip #2: Because lead is more soluble in warmer temperatures, if you think you have lead pipes, it is best to run the cold tap first and clean the faucet’s aerator as needed. 
  • Tip #3: Did you know bottled water is not always a wise solution? About 25 to 30% is just bottled tap water, and 93% is exposed to having microplastic contamination according to recent NRDC reporting
  • Tip #4: Reverse osmosis is an excellent option for removing just about anything from your drinking, however depending on the circumstance there are instances when whole house treatment is best. 

Whether your water contains iron, lead, or other hard minerals, is discolored or smelly, or just plain questionable, providing your home with a water treatment solution is a great decision to keep your loved ones safe. To find the most effective solution to treat your water issues, contact us