It is no secret that the quality of public drinking water in most cities is something people care about. Unfortunately, the status quo for H2O is not good! The drinking water in Wichita for instance, is not what you think. Maybe a better way to say it is there is more content in our water than you might think and it is not good news!
What is in public water? What are most Wichita families drinking? The truth hurts sometimes butI will be as gentle as I can!
H2O is obviously essential and crucial for the life and health of all living creatures. Drinking it helps our bodies function at optimal levels in multiple ways. Drinking H2O is great for our skin and flushes toxins out of our bodies just to name a couple.
How Clean Is The Water Supply ?!?
Compared to many countries America has great water but many of our methods for water treatment are just plain unhealthy. So let us take just one state from the heartland of America….The Sunflower State.
We will evaluate the sourcing of the water and the methods used to prepare it for consumption. Keep in mind that the water sources and cleaning methods are nearly identical all over the nation.
This Amazon link is to the system pictured directly below . There is a bigger picture and link to their website at the bottom of this post . It is one of the most effective water filtration systems available!
Drinking water in the great state of Kansas and its encompassing cities has been a subject of growing concern for its residents 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.
This is 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 here and all over the nation may be doing considerable harm.
Yes, Wichita Has Bad Water Too!
The water in our hometown 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 and some recycled Sewer Water!! Ultimately most water sources in Kansas lead back to that age-old polluted river Missouri.
These are not only sources from where the entire state gets nearly all the drinking water; they are also a places of chemical waste, fertilizers, and other generally unpleasant human grunge. These are major sources of hydration as well as major targets for trash and other contamination.
Now of course the recycled water gets cleaned (bleach-pit), 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 many toxic chemicals and dangerous bacteria the state’s water cleaning plants can actually remove?
And equally questionable is what does the bleach used in the process do to our bodies. I can assure you that both 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.
More Bad News.
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 people I know, is the chlorine smell coming out of the faucets that confirm our belief that public water is full of bleach!
V.O.C’s alone can do serious damage to the reproductive system, liver, and kidneys over time, just to touch on a few side effects.
Cancer Causing Chemicals And More!
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. A 2016 report found chromium-6 in almost 90% of the water systems sampled across the nation.
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.
Lastly, Those Pesky Hormones!
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 with typical municipal methods.
People send prescription and over the counter pills down the drain single every day (in more ways than one). Yep, the presence of substances like testosterone and estrogen just to name a couple common and unfortunate additions to the worsening water conditions of Wichita and cities all across the United States.
It’s bad enough that we have to fight the poisons the FDA allows into our food in America, but do we have to drink poison too?!? I will write about the poor food quality in America another time on my new health and wellness website, Chemicalfreedad.com.
I am all about finding and sharing solutions to problems, especially when those problems affect the health of families!
I will link from here to an article (when I am finished researching) about the best and most affordable water filtration systems. In that article I’ll review and compare the top three brands so you can pick the best one for you and those you care about.
I will also explain why this kind of filtration system is far better than filter pitchers or the kinds that you attach to your faucets. The best gravity filters also leave in the good minerals in addition to taking out the harmful stuff!
Chemicals and filters at treatment plants can remove the sludge and many contaminants in the water to produce something seemingly odorless and “apparently” safe to drink.
As I mentioned above, chlorine is a major component among these chemicals and leaves a queer taste in the drinking water since it is used in massive amounts to remove the 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. One that has great potential to damage livers and kidneys if consumed and especially for a long period of time.
A whole house system can be close to $10,000 which is a lot of money for most people! Another option that is what I consider middle of the road cost like this Aquasana whole house system.
Is that out of your price range? I know that is more than I can afford right now.
Do you want clean drinking water for you and your family that is great quality and affordable for nearly any budget?
If so, I strongly recommend a system like ours pictured below!
We have a system in our home like the one in the link above.
It provides water that tastes great and we love it!
One last thing….Your skin is an organ that absorbs what it touches! So, I also recommend good shower filter! A basic one is around $35 on Amazon like this, or like the similar one we bought from Lowes that we like.
Take my research to heart or do your own research, but please protect your family from the polluted waters flowing through your pipes!