Highwater Marks

A recent study released by the USGS shows 13% of private wells in the U.S.  are contaminated with levels of metals and other elements above the set safety standards for health. Contaminants of particular concern include arsenic, uranium, manganese, radon, lithium and boron.

Some of the contaminants come from natural sources and therefore can be overshadowed by anthropogenic contamination (human-sourced). But regardless of the source, owners of private wells should test their water to determine the extent of contamination so they know what contaminants they are at risk for.

A good water test may cost $200 or more in a laboratory, but there are also home test kits available that can be bought for as little as $15. It's imperative that you find out what is in your water to determine if you should take measures to protect you and your family.

Filtering water at the tap is an inexpensive and effective fix for many elemental and chemical contaminants. There are water filters available for just about every contaminant and many of them are effective against multiple pollutants. To be extra protected, some even opt to purify their water with one of the many water purifiers on the market. Once you discover the crystal clarity and great taste of your filtered well water, you will wonder why there are so many others who are lugging big jugs from the grocery store, or stock-piling cases of plastic bottled water. You just can't beat the convenience and cost of your home-filtered water.

At Highwater Filters, we have a solution available to help you remove metals and other contaminants from your well water. A recent addition to our inventory is a ceramic counter top filter that is made specifically for well water by New Wave Enviro. It's got a cleanable ceramic filter that's designed to remove suspended solids, pathogenic bacteria, hydrogen sulfide, Chlorine, Mercury, Lead and VOC's.  

 

Check out the Premium Ceramic system here.

Investing in a water test may be the best decision you ever make. Don't put it off. There are a number of water test products available on the web.

And please visit the Highwater Filters webstore for the best quality, U.S. made home water filters.

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Read more here about the USGS survey: Environmental Health News

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  The Safe Drinking Water Act was passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating U.S. drinking water. The law was amended in both 1986 and 1996 to require many actions to protect our water supplies. But has the E.P.A. been doing its job? Not according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) which published a scathing report last month that accuses the E.P.A. of not meeting the requirements of the 1996 amendment to prioritize and assess at least 5 contaminants each year that pose the greatest threat to the nation's drinking water supply. E.P.A. officials told the GAO that they have not used a system of ranking contaminants and prioritizing them based on public health concerns. Instead, 16 of 20 contaminants that were assessed were contaminants that posed little threat to public health by virtue of the fact that the contaminants chosen had limited or no occurrences in public drinking supplies. The decision not to regulate them was an easy one, but what about the contaminants that do pose significant risk to human health? An E.P.A. official described the method they used to determine which contaminants to prioritize was to address "the low-hanging fruit", or the easiest ones based on data availability, not on health concerns. For this reason, chemicals like perchlorate, which has been identified as a concern in connection with increasing the risk of neurodevelopmental impairment in fetuses of pregnant women with iodine deficiency and to developmental delays and decreased learning capability in infants and children, has yet to be ranked as a priority. Not only that, but the E.P.A. decided to make an exception to their normal procedure of utilizing a working group of agency professionals with varying expertise to assess perchlorate and instead formed a more exclusive group of high level officials, most notably excluding any representative from the Office of Children's Health Protection. Another contaminant that is of much concern is hexavalent chromium, which is produced from metal plating, the production of dyes, and in the production of steel. According to an article by Jeff McMahon on Forbes web page, tests of Chicago's drinking water last week found levels of this contaminant at more than 10 times the health standard adopted by the state of California. If I were living in Chicago, I'd be very concerned about this. From the report by the GAO, it's plain to see that the E.P.A. needs to prioritize the contaminants of concern and address those that threaten our health the most. It's obvious that we shouldn't rely on the government to protect us. Fortunately, there are many good water treatment products that are tested and effective in removing contaminants from our tap water. Check out my store at Highwater Filters for a selection of water filters, purifiers and distillers to give you the added assurance we all want that our water is safe to drink. For more information on the GAO report go here. For a list of NSF certified water treatment products and their reduction claims, go here. Info on the Safe Drinking Water Act go here. Forbes article: How to Protect Yourself From America's 'New' Drinking Water Toxins. Thanks for reading!
Acknowledging significant concerns for the proposed Keystone oil sands pipeline, EPA enforcement officer Cynthia Giles wrote this week to State Department officials to request further analysis of environmental and health impacts of the $7 billion project. The pipeline would transport oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada down to Gulf Coast refineries in Oklahoma and Texas. Referencing numerous spills (12) from the existing Keystone I pipeline last year, including an 800,000 gallon spill that contaminated the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, Ms. Giles pointed to a number of concerns that must be addressed before any progress can be made in approving the project. The letter comes just days after the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued an order preventing TransCanada from restarting the Keystone I tar sands oil pipeline until the agency is convinced it is safe. This pipeline should never be approved. Not only is oil sands crude extraction an extremely dirty and inefficient method of energy production, it is a leading green house gas producer. It also produces huge quantities of contaminated water. The risks to the environment and to the health of those exposed to accidents are not worth the limited source of oil that could be provided for American consumption. We can do better than supporting Canadian production of dirty oil sands crude. It appears that the EPA may be concerned enough to put a stopper in this project. If reason prevails, it will be cemented in place permanently. I sure hope so. Read more in yesterday's NY Times. Read about the order preventing restart of the Keystone 1 in Dirty Oil Sands. Here's the letter from EPA's Cynthia Giles: letter photo credit: Vector One Media Thanks for reading!