Ever since I’ve been in the water industry, I’ve been astonished about the way public water is treated and managed in the USA [Note: there are many worse places, but many better places]. My partners and I started Blue Earth Labs to address issues in water, initially with fresh water. We now do that from the source to the tap. It is our goal to provide the cleanest, freshest water to the public by using the safest methods. How often do you think about where your water comes from? How it is treated? The safety of your water? Since we are an exception-based society, we really only think about things when they are broken. I’m here to tell you that we’ve all got to be more aware of the issues with water because they can shorten our lives. Worse, these issues are intentionally done to the water to comply with regulation. That is crazy, in my view. The message is simple: If your city uses chloramines, you should move every person to stop it. If your city does not use chloramines, you should make sure it never happens. There are alternatives to the problems chloramines allegedly prevent, but it takes pressure and innovation to get a utility to see past nearly 100 years of “well, they have always done this” and realize 100 years ago we did not inoculate for a host of diseases and see how well that worked. What can you do about chloramines? Here is a place to start (from the EPA’s web site):
EPA strongly encourages people to learn more about their drinking water. Your water bill or telephone book’s government listings are a good starting point for local information. Water systems have several different choices when it comes to disinfection. To find out if chloramines are used in your community, contact your local water system.
EPA requires all community water systems to prepare an annual consumer confidence report (CCR) (sometimes called a water quality report) for their customers. The CCR lists the level of contaminants that have been detected over a certain period of time and shows how these levels compare with EPA’s drinking water regulations. Some water suppliers have posted their annual reports on EPA’s Website. If you have not received this annual report, and it is not posted on EPA’s Website, you may request it by calling your water system.
For more information on the health effects of chloramine, visit: http://www.chloramine.org/chloraminefacts.htm If you work in a public water system and are looking for a safe alternative for treating your water, please Contact Us to discuss Blue Earth Labs’ solution to cleaner, safer water that ensures compliance with the EPA’s regulatory requirements. -Dane