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article imageHow Fit is Your Water?

By Carol Forsloff     Apr 20, 2009 in Environment
A sign on a flavored water drink loaded with vitamins asks, “How fit is your water?” It reminded me of a notice I received last week informing me of chemical problems with the local drinking water. In other words, it isn’t fit. Is yours?
That’s a good question since good water is something human beings need for life. In Natchitoches, Louisiana people have periodically been getting notices about water irregularities for a number of years. A question to government brings the answer that they’re working on it.
In January a comprehensive survey of the drinking water for more than 28 million Americans found low levels of pharmaceuticals and hormonally active chemicals. For most people this doesn’t pose a problem, but for those with health conditions, there is advice to check with their doctors about this.
Scientists observe that in the western part of the United States that water is becoming more toxic as a result of climate change, in large part due to run-off from numerous abandoned mine sites. Global climate predictions maintain there will be dust bowl conditions by 2010 in the west, but the problem of mine tailings in the water supply will make things worse.
How important is safe drinking water to the Obama administration? One authority, Joan Rose, Member of the Water Quality and Health Council, states clearly that continuing to supply safe, clean drinking water for our fast-growing population is one of the most important and potentially most costly health-related issues facing our nation. Investment, planning and construction to replace thousands of miles of old, rusting and leaking pipelines is an essential issue.
Add to Obama’s list of musts, fit drinking water. Economically it would help since buying a bottle in the store is upwards of $1 or more for 12 oz.
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