Archive for January, 2016

Uranium in Your Drinking Water… Now What?

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Uranium in drinking water can happen anywhere. Unfortunately, it is a naturally-occurring element in the groundwater of some areas in our country but there is still limited information about where and why uranium is found in our groundwater. Uranium gets into drinking water when groundwater dissolves minerals that contain uranium. When you don’t have a water filter or drinking water system installed to help protect your tap water, it can cause fear and panic. As one small town in California learned, uranium is nothing to mess with when it comes to consuming it. At least, that’s what they think it means… Uranium is meant for nuclear fuel for power plants and atom bombs, however is increasingly being found in drinking water systems in major farming regions of the U.S. West — a natural though unexpected byproduct of irrigation, drought, and the over-pumping of natural underground water reserves. Naturally occurring uranium has very low levels of radioactivity, but for most people, any level is too much. However, the chemical properties of uranium in drinking water are of greater concern than its radioactivity. Most ingested uranium is eliminated from the body. However, a small amount is absorbed and carried through the bloodstream. According to experts, studies show that drinking water with elevated levels of uranium can affect the kidneys over time and cause cancer too. Bathing and showering with water that contains uranium is not a health concern, thankfully. In a trailer park found in California’s San Joaquin Valley, uranium in drinking water is now a major concern. There’s a danger in their drinking water and though many of the families in this trailer park speak only Spanish, English signs have been posted warning them of the dangers of drinking their water since it has – you guessed it – traces of uranium.  Without any other explanation, one man interprets the threat as “you can drink the water — but if you drink the water over a period of time, you can get cancer.” This working-class family has no choice but keep drinking and cooking with the tainted tap water. They live with the danger of their drinking water every day. With a drinking water system, you don’t have to. If you get your tap water from a well, you’re responsible for testing for uranium. For public tap water, it is monitored but residents are still encouraged to prepare for the “what-ifs.” One of the best options is reverse osmosis, which works by forcing water filtering through a membrane that prevents the uranium from passing through. Our  home water treatment systems can effectively remove uranium from drinking water. They will give you the peace of mind you cannot get living with contaminated water or threats of drinking water contamination. It’s more widespread than we once thought. Nearly two million people in California’s Central Valley and the U.S. Midwest live within a half-mile of groundwater containing uranium over the health limits, University of Nebraska researchers said in a study in September. To read more from the article discussed above, click here http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fear-at-the-tap-uranium-contaminates-water-in-the-west/ar-AAg9oJJ?ocid=wispr. ]]>

Another Unnoticed Water Contamination Issue

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Flint, Michigan’s problem with lead contaminated drinking water has made headlines across the nation. Residents in the area complained about the odor, taste and appearance of their water soon after state officials switched its supply source from Lake Huron to the polluted Flint River. Their complaints went largely unnoticed and unanswered for nearly TWO YEARS before officials finally acknowledged the lead contamination problem. The state Department of Environmental Quality admitted their mistake of failing to require the addition of corrosion-control chemicals to the water which lead to the contamination. Now the city of Flint is in a state of crisis; President Obama even pledged five million dollars in federal aid to assist in the effort to provide much needed water filters and other water filtration supplies for Flint residents. Lead contaminated drinking water can lead to permanent brain damage, especially in children … and unfortunately the damage is irreversible. Pediatricians fear that the Flint children found with elevated lead levels will suffer lifelong consequences from this problem. Lead poisoning is also associated with gastrointestinal problems, headaches, irritability, fatigue, kidney dysfunction and high blood pressure in both children and adults. So how could something this serious go either unnoticed or unacknowledged for so long? Many fingers have been pointed at the Department of Environmental Quality as well as to Governor Snyder. Bottom line however, an attempt to cut costs was the main catalyst for this crisis. This type of problem is not unique; companies looking to save a few dollars have dumped toxic chemicals into the water supply leading to water contamination and others have cut back on safety measures which has led to chemical spills. It happens way too frequently, which makes water filtration all across America a necessity, now more than ever before. A water filtration system, such as an RO system or a LINX Drinking Water System can filter out lead and other harmful contaminates before they have the opportunity to reach the tap. They can help homeowners filter out known contaminates, but they are also an extra step of protection for those unknown contaminates that may sneak into the water supply. While the water contamination problem would have still existed in Flint, the lead poisoning residents are seeing in their children would have been completely avoided if they had access to a drinking water filtration systems. ]]>

How to Drink More Water and Avoid Kidney Stones

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Have you ever had kidney stones? Do you know someone who has? If so, then you probably know that they’re in no way enjoyable whatsoever. The good news is that drinking water can help! The key is to know how to drink more water during the day and to monitor your intake properly. Once you make drinking more high quality drinking water part of your daily routine, or you use a water filter to remove harmful contaminants in order to increase your water intake, you’ll be feeling better and hopefully can reduce your chances of having kidney stones. A recent article from the University of Chicago gives some very helpful tips for drinking more water and making it a part of your healthier lifestyle all while avoiding severe risks of kidney stones. The article begins by giving ways to drink more; start increasing your daily water intake slowly but surely. Don’t try to overdo it the first day or even the second. While drinking more water is a simple way to reduce the risk of kidney stones, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Set new goals each week or each month to increase consumption. It’ll easily and slowly become a part of your normal routine. The article then says to be willing to spend time using the restroom. Most people avoid drinking water to avoid having to use the restroom. This is not a good excuse – better hydration means less risk of kidney stones. Would you rather spend a little extra time in the bathroom or in the ER with a kidney stone? Lastly, be willing. Make the time to drink water and reap the consequences and don’t wait until you are out of work to drink all your water. Intermittent dehydration can be a real problem. Drink water throughout your day, even if you are at work. Plus, input doesn’t always match the output. Four factors make the answer of how many times you’ll be running to the restroom harder to come by: sodium intake, geographical location, occupation, and exercise. Other tricks which can help you drink more water include investing in a fancy water bottle, adding fruit to your water like lemons, watermelons, raspberries and grapes, downloading an app to help you track progress, eating your water through fruits and vegetables, using a straw, and also investing in a home drinking water system. As you increase your water intake to reduce kidney stones, you’ll want to ensure that the water you’re drinking is safe and pure. A home drinking water system will filter out harmful contaminants and also provide you with safe, great-tasting drinking water. If your water tastes good, then you’ll want to drink it! Contact our water treatment company today to learn which of our drinking water filters would work best for your new healthier lifestyle. Making a commitment to your health and avoiding painful kidney stones starts with drinking more water! Day by day, we can work together to support your kidney health! To read the full article, click here http://kidneystones.uchicago.edu/how-to-drink-enough-water/.                          ]]>