All Ground Water Is Contaminated


by Optimum Nutrition Admin
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All ground water in the world is contaminated to some extent.

While the situation in Kentucky and West Virginia detailed in the previous article (Unsafe Water Effects The Health Of Entire Communities) may be extreme in its scale and severity, it illustrates the lack of responsibility being assumed by businesses and government for the protection of our water supply. All ground water and tap water in the world is now contaminated in varying degrees. Polluted water exists in areas with relatively little residential, commercial or industrial development, even in locations considered pristine such as national parks and reservations. Rivers and streams originating in toxic areas transfer contaminants to “clean” areas. Rain water extracts pollutants from the air and deposits them into the soil and all bodies of water. Agricultural runoff from the huge tracts of commercial farming land shifts toxic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers for miles in all directions. The same is true for urban runoff which adds oil, grease, road salts, metals, bacteria, viruses and toxic chemicals to its surrounding communities. Industrial effluents containing both organic and inorganic substances pollute water supplies through the discharge of their waste into streams and rivers and by run-off and seepage of waste storage units. Leachate from dumps and landfills poisons ground water with heavy metals, minerals, organic chemicals, bacteria, viruses, explosives, flammables and countless other toxic substances.

No water source escapes the onslaught of contaminants released into the environment. Every toxin known to man eventually ends up in someone’s drinking water somewhere. Studies have shown that even pharmaceuticals, both prescription and over the counter drugs, are finding their way into our tap water. The drugs most frequently identified are antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control pills, seizure medication, cancer treatments, pain killers, narcotics, tranquilizers and cholesterol-lowering compounds (“Pharmaceuticals In Our Water Supplies,” Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona College of Agriculture, July 2000). Tap water is further contaminated by the pipe materials used to transport it to household faucets which include copper, galvanized steel, lead, polyvinyl chloride, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene, polybutylene and polyethylene. All these materials are constantly outgassing and leaching into our drinking water.

Now, as horrifying as all this may seem, the most frightening aspect is governments’ definition of clean water. Federal and state regulations allow for what is deemed acceptable or “tolerable” levels of all kinds of contaminants and these standards vary drastically from area to area. The body may be able to withstand a certain amount of toxins; however, no one is able to determine how much, for how long or what the long term consequences will be. The effects of contaminants are cumulative and everyone’s reaction to them varies based on numerous factors including genetic predispositions, current level of health and diet, to name just a few. Federal, state and local governments’ concept of “clean” water is based on an overall misunderstanding of health. Even more ignorant are the primary methods used by municipalities to treat our drinking water, which in most cases is to add even more chemicals. Because there is no agreement on what constitutes clean, safe water for human consumption or how to effectively decontaminate water, water treatment regulations vary in each state, county, city or town. Consequently, over 60,000 chemicals are used to treat the public water supplies around the country. Incredibly, only 91 of these substances are regulated by the federal government (“Toxic Waters,” New York Times, October 6, 2010).

Every public water treatment facility uses chlorine as a disinfectant to kill disease causing microorganisms in dirty source water. Chlorine is not used, however, because it is the safest, or even the most effective, method of disinfecting our water. It is used primarily because it is the cheapest method. Chlorine is quickly becoming a serious health problem, not only in the United States, but worldwide. The conditions and ailments that have been associated with long-term chlorine exposure include brittle hair and hair loss, premature aging of the skin, skin rashes and irritation, acne, respiratory disorders, cell damage, cell mutation and cell malignancies, scarring of the arteries and other cardiovascular disorders. Chlorine also reacts with rotting organic matter like raw sewage, feces from livestock, dead animals and fallen leaves to form toxic chemicals that are clearly harmful to people. These unintended side effects of chlorinating water, to meet federal drinking water regulations, create a family of chemicals known as trihalomethanes. The Environmental Protection Agency lumps them under the euphemism “disinfection byproducts.” Trihalomethanes are a form of free radicals which are serious impairments to the healthy growth and development of the various tissue cells in our bodies. They are confirmed class b carcinogens and include such substances as chloroform which is a poison that can cause respiratory or cardiac arrest and death.

In reality, the testing and purification of public water is ultimately a function of resources. Financially strapped communities may experience severe contamination for many months before periodic monitoring identifies a problem. In some cases, it is not until a statistically improbable number of residents experience serious health issues before thorough testing procedures are initiated. Recent reports by analysts for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), national institutes of Health and the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) show that unhealthy amounts of chemicals, metals and microorganisms regularly appear in tap water, particularly in homes serviced by small public utilities that lack the resources to test and purify their water or from privately owned wells which the EPA does not regulate or test whatsoever.


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  1. maggiemay April 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    We live in a rural part of Maine that is still considered to be relatively “unspoiled.” We have a well which we were told was tapping unbelievably clean spring water. After having the water tested, we found that not to be the case. Based on the testing results, I quickly installed a whole house reverse osmosis filter. I couldn’t believe the crap inside that filter after just a few months. No one should take for granted that they are drinking clean no matter where they live!

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