There’s WHAT in My Water?

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released an analysis showing the notorious “Erin Brockovich” carcinogen, otherwise known as chromium-6, contaminates the tap water of two-thirds of Americans at levels above those scientists deem safe.


Agricultural chemicals are polluting your drinking water, as well as beaches, rivers and lakes.


According to the EWG, there are more than 300 pollutants in U.S. tap water.


These blurbs sound pretty scary, right? The truth is, there is a lot of crap in your drinking water.


You may find this hard to believe because many government officials love to tout the cleanliness of their cities’ drinking water, even comparing it to champagne. However, the fact is tap water can be more like a toxic soup of hundreds of potentially dangerous chemicals.


Between 2004 and 2009, the EWG analyzed the results of almost 20 million tests of drinking water performed by water suppliers. It found hundreds of contaminants and, in many cases, the chemicals exceeded existing safety limits.


In addition, two-thirds of the over 300 chemicals identified by the EWG are unregulated. That means no limit exists on how many or how much of these chemicals can end up in your drinking water. While most water suppliers keep the amount of these contaminants below government limits, far too many chemicals have no stated government limits at all.


Toxic substances found in water supplies include the following:


  • Agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides,
  • Industrial chemicals such as those used in plastics,
  • Byproducts from water disinfecting processes, and
  • Arsenic, chloroform, and perchlorate (i.e., rocket fuel).


Many of these chemicals (some known to be highly carcinogenic) can damage the thyroid, liver, kidneys, nervous system, and immune system. They’re also capable of causing birth defects and miscarriages.


As if the chemicals mentioned aren’t bad enough, tap water also typically contains a myriad of pharmaceutical drugs.


According to Scientific American, sewage treatment plants and septic systems are not required to deal with the medications millions of Americans flush down the toilet and discharge in bodily waste. As a result, 40 million Americans are drinking water laced with various pharmaceutical drugs. This constant, low-level exposure may be causing hormone disruption, antibiotic resistance, and other serious environmental and health-related issues.


Please do the environment and your fellow Americans a favor: Don’t flush expired or unneeded over-the counter drugs down the toilet. Save them (well out of reach of children) in an empty carton or container and bring them to your city or town for proper disposal.


Filtering the drinking water in your home is crucial—but that’s not enough.


It’s important to filter the water throughout your home, including your bathroom. Chlorine and/or chloramines, toxic chemicals used as a disinfectant by almost every water supplier in the U.S., can enter your body through your pores when you shower or bathe. In addition, the heat from the water can cause chlorine gas to form. When inhaled, the gas goes straight into your bloodstream.


Why Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water is No Longer the Solution


Up until recently, it was widely believed that the best way to remove chlorine, chemicals and pharmaceuticals from drinking water was with a reverse osmosis (RO) system. However, health experts are no longer recommending drinking RO (or distilled) water on a long-term basis because these waters lack beneficial minerals and are very acidic. Drinking these de-mineralized, acidic solutions will actually flush minerals out your body.


Nowadays, it is possible to get an RO system that puts minerals back into the water after purification. However, good RO systems are very expensive and simply out of reach for many people.


How to Protect Yourself and Your Family


After getting a $5,000 quote for a full-house water filtration system that included an RO system for the kitchen, my husband and I decided there had to be a better way. However, most pitcher systems out there simply don’t do the trick, especially when it comes to things like pharmaceutical drugs.


That’s when we discovered Berkey. Our Berkey water filter cost about $300, including the extra filter to eliminate fluoride. In addition to fluoride, our Berkey filters out over 99% of:


Pharmaceutical drugs

Chlorine and Chloramines

Bisphenol-A (BPA)


Microorganisms (such as e-Coli)

Volatile Organic Compounds

Arsenic and other nasties


Berkey filters also eliminate over 95% of toxic heavy metals.


(In the interest of full disclosure and transparency, I am a Berkey affiliate and receive a small fee for any purchase. However, we purchased our Big Berkey at full price back in December.)


The Berkey water filter comes in many different sizes but for a small family, The Big Berkey is perfect.


Berkey also makes a shower filter that reduces 95% of chlorine. Once you’ve experienced how great much better your skin and hair look and feel without all that chlorine, you’ll never want to go back!


For optimum health, filter all of the water in your home.


Informed. Empowered. FIERCE.





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