Archive for August, 2017

The Myths Surrounding Reverse Osmosis Water

Posted by Rayne Water

There have been a lot of negative blogs and comments on social media about drinking water from a reverse osmosis water filtration system (RO). Is it safe? The answer is, Yes! Some people even say that water from a RO is too clean and too pure. So, what’s the problem? We should be drinking the cleanest, purest water we possibly can. Reverse Osmosis is a normal film based filter that pushes water through a film-membrane from one side to the other. Water vapors and molecules are small enough to pass through the semi-permeable membrane, contaminants are not. The only difference is that the RO membrane is much more refined, which means it restricts more contaminants than other water filtration systems. It’s important to note, RO systems will remove minerals from tap water. Removing minerals from tap water is also ok. Most people get the required minerals that they need by eating healthy foods, not by drinking water. A good example is: 1 glass of orange juice has the same amount of minerals as 30 gallons of water. What would you rather drink in the morning? RO water has been used in the food industry for years. It is used in the dairy industry to produce whey protein powders and for the concentration of milk to reduce shipping costs. Reverse osmosis is used globally throughout the wine industry for many practices including wine and juice concentration and taint removal; such as acetic acid, smoke taint and alcohol removal. With all the scientific research that has been done over the years on reverse osmosis water, none has ever documented any negative health effects from water treated by this method. In fact, RO technology was invented by the US military, and our military personnel still use it currently for drinking water. You are probably reading this on social media, and if it makes you feel better, Google employees have on-site doctors, massage therapists, nutritionists, yoga classes and volleyball courts at their fingertips. They also have delicious RO drinking water too. The truth is, many of us have been drinking reverse osmosis water all our lives without even knowing it.]]>

Water Contamination on Military Bases: A Widespread Problem

Posted by Rayne Water

The military plans to examine hundreds of sites nationwide to determine whether chemicals from foam used to fight fires have contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water. Contamination from former or current military installations has ignited a nationwide review of water on or around bases that used a firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals. The checks are planned for 664 sites where the military has conducted fire or crash training. California seems to have the most sites, starting at 85. The foam is used where potentially catastrophic fuel fires can occur, such as in a plane crash, because it can rapidly extinguish them. It contains perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOS and PFOA, both considered emerging contaminants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA said that it was assessing the potential risk from short-term exposure through contaminated drinking water. It later began studying the health effects from a lifetime of exposure. Those studies remain in progress. It seems that the chemicals may be associated with prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, along with other health issues. While this process plays out to test drinking water and ground water around the military bases, the chemicals in soil or groundwater could continue to leach into drinking water, experts say. Officials say they have addressed sites with the greatest danger of drinking water contamination. They have also checked on-base drinking water and are providing clean water where needed. The rest of the process is slow, they say, because they must follow complex federal rules. Erin Brokovich, who is best known for taking on Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California in 1993, is now fighting to protect our veterans and their families. She went on MSNBC’s “For the Record With Greta” to discuss the firefighting foam contamination. Brokovich will be taking part in “Operation Stand United,” a march by veterans on Washington, D.C. to bring light to toxic exposure and contamination taking place at America’s military bases.]]>