With infographic to help at the end of the story but….
One of the most basic needs in life is the ability to have safe drinking water. However, as we have heard from several different news sources, there are some areas of the country, such as Flint, Michigan – and the rest of the world – where the water has not been safe. While we need to save water for several different reasons, the accompanying infographic demonstrates that we also need to understand what’s lurking in our water.
Drinking Water Regulations
You may be wondering how water is determined to be safe. However, as the United States Environmental Protection Agency tells us, there are several things to consider. According to the agency, treatment techniques protect people’s health by limiting contamination. They list lead, nitrates, bromates, and several other contaminants as the root of such health problems.
Many of us remember hearing about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan several years ago. According to the accompanying infographic, in 2014, the crisis shocked several people. In fact, over 100,000 people were affected after a water-source change. Lead, nitrates, arsenic, and bromates were all found in the water after the change.
In fact, at least 844 million people do not have access to clean water, which has contributed to over a half-million deaths. It is also predicted that, by 2025, half of the world will have water-stressed issues. Yet, the Safe Drinking Water Act only covers 91 of over 270 known contaminants across the country.
According to CNN, this all started when the city decided to change their water source to the Flint River while a new pipeline was built to get water from Lake Huron. However, that change caused the water to look, smell, and taste funny – and eventually lead to several people getting sick after lead contaminated the water.
Clean It Up
However, as noted in the infographic, and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several things you can do to help treat the water. You can use reverse osmosis, water softeners, and distillation systems.
But, there are other solutions as well. Coagulation, and flocculation, help by adding a positive charge to the water, which helps to eliminate any negative chemicals. You can also pass the water through filters made of sand, gravel, or charcoal to catch the contaminants. Of course, chlorine works well to “shock” pool water while fluoride in drinking water is known to help strengthen teeth.
While several things are being done to assist with the Flint, Michigan water crisis, the event taught us all a lesson about keeping our water safe. While a pipeline was needed, it was also necessary to ensure everyone in the neighborhood had safe water to drink, wash with, and bathe in. However, since then, several agencies have made changes to ensure this does not happen again. Homeowners also should do their part to make sure that everything is running efficiently, and safely.