It is no secret that the quality of drinking water in most states are something people care about. What is in public water? H2O is obviously essential and crucial for the life and health of all creatures. Compared to many countries America has great water but much of our methods for water treatment are just plain unhealthy. So let us take just one state from the heartland of the United States and evaluate the sourcing of the water and the methods used to prepare it for consumption. The water sources and cleaning methods are nearly identical all over the nation.
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Our great state of Kansas and its encompassing cities has been a subject of growing concern for its people for a very long time. From containing alarming traces of dry cleaning chemicals like perchloroethylene to the excessive levels of chlorine present in the water, a consequence of the water cleaning process that is used in so many municipal water supplies all over Kansas and most of America. There is no shortage of evidence that the water being drank by tens of millions of people may be doing considerable harm.
The water in my hometown of Wichita is absolutely no exception to the concern. In today’s article, allow me to enlighten you on the rapidly increasing poor water quality problem in our beautiful Air Capital. Let’s start from the very beginning: where does Wichita’s city water and the water supplied all over the state for that matter actually come from? The answer to the latter lies in a significantly polluted river called the Missouri, otherwise known for being Kansas City’s single source of drinking water.
The water most Wichitans drink is from Cheney Lake Reservoir, but ultimately most water sources in Kansas led to that age-old polluted river Missouri. It isn’t simply a place from where nearly the entire state gets its water; it is also a place to dump sewage, chemical waste, fertilizers, and other generally unpleasant human grunge. It’s a major source of hydration as well as a major target for trash.
Now of course the water gets cleaned and filtered, and re-filtered many times before it’s supplied to homes and buildings for drinking. But with the rising quantity of filth and mud that is being mixed in with the river, isn’t it natural to ask ourselves exactly how much toxic chemical and dangerous bacteria the state’s water cleaning plants can remove? And equally questionable is what does the bleach do to our bodies. I can assure you that chlorine and bleach are bad for our health. These questions are something that more and more citizens of Wichita and cities all over the U.S. for that matter are asking with every passing day.
For example the muddy water of the Missouri River is cleaned in a 24-hour process involving the addition of numerous chemicals that separate the silt and contaminants from it and a natural bed of sand filters (among others). It should also be duly noted that the water treatment plants which are carrying out this all important process are over 90 years old.
For a city existing in the 21st century in which the technology of mere phones and laptops becomes outdated after a year, how is it possible for something as pure and essential as a water treatment plant to remain unchanged for 90 years?! It is illogical to assume that the process used to produce pure water almost a century ago is still acceptable today.
Not only is the water treatment system a potential cause of the poor water conditions in Wichita and cities all across America, it is also mainly due to the increasing pollution of the reservoirs themselves. Although, a big concern of mine and many I know is the chlorine smell coming out of the faucets that confirm our belief that public water is full of bleach! In addition to the common knowledge that most public water supplies are full of heavy metals, hormones, V.O. M’.’s, and even lead!
The Missouri River is responsible for draining 1/6th of the entire population of the United States… and that is a whole lot of sewage. Harmful sewage bacteria are the main source of contaminants in the river which have to be killed in the treatment process. But, as our technologies regarding water analysis increase, we see that “mostly” small quantities of all sorts of minerals and bacteria remain in the water even after treatment.
After a test conducted on the water supplies of Kansas, particles ranging from chloroform to arsenic and everything in between, were present in the majority of the districts in lower percentages recently, than the average values set by the state. However, higher than average amounts of Chrome 6 (a cancer causing heavy metal) were found. The persistent presence of residue fertilizer from farm lands (such as nitrates) and the common pesticides like atrazine and glyphosate are also a huge cause for concern.
Atrazine is high up on the list of contaminants which appear in the water of the Missouri. It is the second most used weed killer in the United States leading to its widespread presence in the water… hence leading to the small amounts of pesticide which are always present in the water of Wichita and all of Kansas. It’s bad enough that we have to fight the poisons the FDA allows into our food in America, but we have to drink poison too?!? I will write about the poor food quality in America another time on my health and wellness website, Chemicalfreedad.com, which is brand new.
I am all about finding and sharing solutions to problems, especially when those problems affect the health of families! I will link to an article I am nearly finished with about the best and most affordable water filtration systems. In the article I review and compare the top three brands so you can pick the best one for you and those you care about as well as explain why this kind of filtration system is far better than filter pitchers or the kinds you attach to your faucets.
Chemicals and filters at treatment plants can remove the sludge and contaminants in the water to produce something seemingly odorless and “apparently” safe to drink. Chlorine is a major component among these chemicals and leaves a queer taste in the drinking water since it is used in huge amounts to remove bacteria. That is probably not very comforting to the poor families in Kansas that had to suffer from an unfortunate seven years of drinking water contaminated with a dry cleaning chemical that has the potential to damage livers and kidneys if consumed for a long time.
To finish off, if all of this wasn’t enough for you to question the state of the very water you are drinking, then be sure to remember one more interesting fact: hormones cannot be removed from the river water. People dump prescription and over the counter pills down the drain single every day. Yep, the presence of substances like testosterone just to name one common and unfortunate addition to the worsening water conditions of Wichita and cities all across the United States.
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