It is no secret that the quality of public drinking water is something people care about. Unfortunately, the status quo for most municipal H2O is not good! For instance, the drinking water in Wichita is not as clean as you may think. There is more chemical content in our water than most realize, and that is not good news!
H2O is essential for the life and health of all living creatures. Drinking lots of water helps our bodies function at optimal levels in multiple ways such as supporting skin health and flushing toxins out of our bodies.
So, what’s in our public water? What are most Wichita families drinking?
How Clean Is The Water Supply
Compared to many countries, America has great water. However, many of our methods for water treatment are just plain unhealthy. So, let us take a look at the contents of the water from just one state in 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 system pictured directly below links to the website of our second favorite system. There is a bigger picture and link to the website of our #1 recommendation at the bottom of this post . They are the most effective water filtration systems in existence! You will love either brand as they are the top two rated systems and fiercest competitors of one another.
The quality of drinking water in the great state of Kansas has been a subject of growing concern for its residents for a very long time. With chemical pollutants ranging from alarming traces of dry cleaning chemicals like perchloroethylene to the excessive levels of chlorine present in the water, their concern is more than justified.
These pollutants are 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.
Wichita Has Bad Water Too
The water in our hometown is absolutely no exception to this trend. Our beautiful Air Capital has an ever-growing issue with poor water quality.
Let’s start from the very beginning: where does Wichita’s city water actually come from, and where does the water supplied all over the state come from for that matter?
The answer to the latter lies in a murky, polluted river called the Missouri, otherwise known for being Kansas City’s single source of drinking water.
Most Wichitans drink a mixture of water from the Cheney Lake Reservoir and recycled Sewer Water! Ultimately most water sources in Kansas can be traced back to the murky Missouri river.
These sources are saturated with chemical waste, fertilizers, and other generally unpleasant human grunge. They are also major targets for trash and other contamination. Despite all of this, these filthy locations are still the major sources of our state’s hydration.
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 only natural to ask ourselves just exactly how many toxic chemicals and dangerous bacteria state water cleaning plants can actually remove from the water before our families drink it?
An equally reasonable question is what the bleaches 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 every day.
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 along with 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 new phones and laptops become outdated in a year, how is it possible for something as essential as a water treatment plant to remain unchanged for 90 years?!
It may be logical to assume that the process used to produce pure water almost a century ago could still be acceptable today, but the fact is the old ways are no longer sufficient. Deteriorating water treatment systems are actually one cause of the poor water conditions in Wichita and cities all across America, but poor water quality is also due to the increasing pollution of the reservoirs themselves.
Another big concern of mine and many people I know, is the chlorine smell coming out of the faucets. That smell confirms our suspicion that public water supplies are 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. That is a whole lot of sewage. Harmful sewage bacteria are the main source of river contaminants and are supposed to be killed in the water treatment process.
But, as our knowledge regarding water analysis increases, we see all sorts of minerals and bacteria that remain in the water even after treatment.
A test conducted on the water supplies of Kansas showed that particles ranging from chloroform to arsenic and everything in between were present in the majority of the state’s water.
The persistent presence of residue fertilizer from farm lands (such as nitrates) and common pesticides like atrazine and glyphosate are also a huge cause for concern.
Atrazine is also 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 being present in the water of Wichita and all of Kansas.
Lastly, Those Pesky Hormones!
To finish off, if what I already mentioned above 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 of the highest quality for you and your family, that comes from a system which is affordable for nearly any budget?
Do you want a system that has high-tech filters that are superior and much longer lasting than the leading faucet and pitcher filters? One set of filters can last 5-10 years!
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 hours of extensive research to heart or do your own research, but please protect your family from the polluted waters flowing through your pipes!