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EXPOSED: Cities intentionally poisoning drinking water

The cities of Flint, Michigan and Sacramento, California both thought they found a way to save money on municipal water treatment. What neither city told it’s residents was that their cost-cutting measures would endanger public safety. In Flint,

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Flint Michigan and Sacramento California both exposed their residents to poisoned drinking water – intentionally

a state of emergency has been declared after it was found that children in the city had lead levels in their blood that were 10 times higher than what is deemed dangerous by the EPA. In Sacramento, the city added a chemical to the water called aluminum chlorohydrate, which forms carcinogenic disinfection byproducts. What’s truly shocking about both cases is that each city knew that their cost-cutting efforts could result in polluted drinking water and they did it anyways.

Update: Legionnaires Disease outbreak in Flint may be caused by Flint River water

1/18/16: The situation in Flint, Michigan discussed in this article is still breaking. Late-breaking news sources report that there is an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease that may be linked to poisoned water from the Flint River. 87 cases of Legionnaires has been reported, 10 of which were fatal. Most of the victims were and are children. Updates will be posted to this blog as they come available.

Sacramento secretly adds cancer-causing chemical to water supply

Starting in 2013, the City of Sacramento decided to conduct an “experiment” to save money on water treatment. Residents of Sacramento were never notified that they were taking part in the city’s water treatment experiment. The city replaced the alum normally used as a flocculent with aluminum chlorohydrate. A flocculent binds to sediment, silt, and other impurities to make them easier to filter out. However, early on in the experiment, it was discovered that the aluminum chlorohydrate was not working well at all. The city decided to double down on it’s failed experiment and added massive amounts of chlorine to it’s water to compensate.

Chlorine + Aluminum Chlorohydrate = Carcinogens

Clearly, Sacramento failed chemistry 101. The aluminum chlorohydrate and the massive amount of chlorine in the water formed carcinogenic disinfection byproducts known as trihalomethanes. Due to public outcry, Sacramento ended its experiment about a year ago, but the damage has already been done: Levels of trihalomethanes in Sacramento’s water remain dangerously high.

Sacramento also plagued by Chromium-6: The Erin Brockovich chemical

Trihalomethanes aren’t the only carcinogen threatening the health and safety of Sacramento residents: The north part of the city is also being exposed to Chromium-6 which is leeching from McClellan Air Force base. As late as June of 2015, The Sacramento Bee reported that water from 6 of the 11 wells used to draw water for the Rio Linda-Elverta water district were found to have Chromium 6 contamination that is well above the EPA’s safe limit for Chromium 6. Currently, nothing is being done about the Chromium 6 contamination.

Drinking water poisoned with lead in Flint Michigan

The problems for Flint began when Governor Rick Snyder disenfranchised the city management of Flint, and replaced it with an appointed “emergency” manager named Darnell Earley. The manager decided to save money in April of 2014 by switching Flint’s water supply from the Flint river, instead of using the Detroit city water system. The problem is, the Flint river is very salty, and that salt immediately began corroding the pipes in Flint’s antiquated municipal water system. Those corroded pipes released massive amounts of lead into the city water supply.

The problems were noticeable right away; the water started smelling like rotten eggs. Children and others exposed to the water began developing rashes and falling sick. Still, the city’s emergency manager insisted that there was nothing wrong with the water. In fact, the city responded to residents complaints by substantially raising the amount of chlorine in the water. This made the problem even worse by forming additional carcinogenic disinfection byproducts. Tests of Flint drinking water done about 30 days after the switch, in May of 2014 showed that the water contained 900 times the permissible level of lead.

EPA Investigation has begun

Many sources are reporting that Governor Rick Snyder was fully aware of the test results from May of 2014, but still chose to do nothing. In fact, as late as February 2015, officials from Governor Snyder’s administration insisted that there was nothing wrong with Flint’s water. Flint’s water supply was recently switched back to the City of Detroit’s water supply, but as of Jan, 2016, the contamination in the city’s water infrastructure is so severe, the water’s still not safe to drink. The EPA recently announced that it has begun an investigation to find out why Governor Snyder and his emergency manager decided to wait almost a year after finding out that Flint’s water was poisoned before taking action.

Is your city’s water poisonous?

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) nationwide testing has found that 6.5 million americans are being exposed to a dangerous chemical compound in their water that is used to make Teflon. Oil spills earlier this year fouled water for thousands of residents in Montana. Studies have shown that fracking operations are contaminating water supplies all across the nation. Coal mining creates some of the worst water pollution. According to the EPA, 72% of all toxic water problems come from coal-fired power plants. The use of coal pollutes drinking water all across the south with toxic metals like arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, and more.

Help is not on the way

Despite increasing water quality problems across the country, help is not on the way. Many cities continue to try and cut costs by neglecting water infrastructure, or by experimenting with cheap “substitute” chemicals. Chances are very high that your water supply is contaminated by one or more toxins that your city isn’t telling you about. Your only defense is to filter your water yourself. If you are concerned about your water quality, it’s best to have it tested, don’t take your local water utility’s word that it’s safe!

Filtration solutions that protect you and your family

Your best bet is to install a whole home water filtration system such as LIFE’s Dolphin Whole Home Filtration System. Water softeners do not filter out toxins, so if you have a water softener system, it’s not protecting your from toxic chemicals. The Dolphin system is the ideal whole home filtration solution because it uses ion-trapping technology to bind pollutants in water so they can’t enter your home. Ion-trapping is effective against a wider spectrum of toxins than conventional filtration such as activated carbon. Because of this, the Dolphin system is your best bet for protecting yourself and your family from unknown toxins that your city may be poisoning your water supply with.

Detoxification with alkaline water

If you live in an area such as Flint, Sacramento, or other areas where the water has been poisoned with heavy metals, alkaline water may be able to help you detoxify your body from them. Research has shown that alkaline water could detox your body of 10 different heavy metals. It also may help prevent your body from absorbing toxins. The pH of the water you drink determines what your body absorbs from it. Research from Sweden shows that women who drank alkaline well water absorbed nutrients like calcium and magnesium. Women who drank acidic well water absorbed toxins like mercury. The findings from the Swedish research were so definitive that researchers in the study concluded “alkaline water may protect against the toxic effects of mercury”.

 

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References

 

Abraham, Guy, and Jorge Flebas. “The effect of daily consumption of 2 liters of

electrolyzed water for 2 months on body composition and several physiological parameters in four obese subjects: a preliminary report.” Highbeam Research. Original Internist, 01 Sep 2011. Web. 2 Jul 2013. <http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-269433201.html>.

 

Rosborg, I, B Nihlgard, and L Gerhardsson. “Hair element concentrations in females in

one acid and one alkaline area in southern Sweden.” PubMed NCBI. Ambio, n.d. Web. 3 Jul 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14703901>.

 

What the WHO says about drinking water

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is committed to promoting health as “a state of complete physical, mental and

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You need to get 10 – 20% of your daily needs for calcium and magnesium from the water you drink ~WHO

social well being”. To achieve this goal, WHO researches nutrition, hydration, toxic chemicals, stress, and many other things including drinking water that affect your health. Because water is necessary for health, the WHO embarked on multiple studies to examine the effects of the kind of water people drink on their overall health. These studies looked at what effect the minerals in water had on health, and found that for good health, you need to get some of your daily needs for calcium and magnesium from the water you drink.

Nutrients in drinking water

The WHO concluded that there are only two minerals in natural water at high enough concentrations to make a meaningful contribution to health: Calcium and magnesium. While there are other minerals present in drinking water, such as potassium, these other minerals aren’t usually at high enough concentrations to affect your health. It is because of this finding, that the LIFE Ionizers blog has concentrated on the calcium and magnesium in alkaline water as being primarily responsible for the health effects of ionized alkaline water.

The difference between the calcium and magnesium in ordinary water versus ionized alkaline water

Note: The WHO study evaluated municipal water supplies. This information is provided to clarify the differences in chemistry between ionized alkaline water and plain water.

Plain water has calcium bicarbonate and magnesium bicarbonate in it. Ionized alkaline water has calcium hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide in it. When dissolved in water calcium and magnesium become cations: Charged particles. Cations have a negative charge. Bicarbonate and hydroxide ions are anions, they have a positive charge.

Bottom line: The main difference between the chemistry of ionized alkaline water and plain water are the types of anions found in each water. Plain water has bicarbonate anions, ionized alkaline water has hydroxide anions. The hydroxide ions in alkaline water make it easier for your body to absorb the minerals in your water than the carbonate ions in tap water does. This is one of the reasons alkaline water is better for your health than regular water

Magnesium in drinking water: Greater contribution to heart health

The WHO concluded that the magnesium in drinking water is the mineral in drinking water that’s likely to have the most beneficial effect on heart health. Calcium also showed benefits, but the evidence wasn’t as clear-cut as it was for magnesium. The WHO found that people who drank hard water had significantly less cardiovascular disease than people who drank softer water.

The WHO also found that magnesium and calcium from drinking water may be effective in reducing blood pressure for people with high blood pressure. The WHO found evidence that calcium and magnesium deficiencies are widespread, and that these deficiencies may be linked to heart problems and high blood pressure. Based on their review of available research, the WHO concluded that higher levels of calcium and magnesium are correlated with lower levels of heart disease and high blood pressure.

Other health benefits of calcium and magnesium

The WHO also noted that there is limited but suggestive evidence that getting sufficient calcium and magnesium from drinking water may reduce your risk of :

  • Stroke
  • Kidney stones
  • Mental decline in the elderly
  • Weakened bones

Are you getting enough calcium and magnesium in your water?

Based on multiple studies, the WHO suggests that water with a minimum hardness of 20 to 30 mg/L calcium, and 10 mg/L magnesium is recommended for good health. But there is a problem: The calcium and magnesium bicarbonates in drinking water can be hard to absorb.

Calcium and magnesium in alkaline water easier to absorb

Some research shows that the hydroxide minerals in alkaline water are easier to absorb, especially for people who have digestive issues that make it hard for them to absorb calcium and magnesium. Research on drinking alkaline water for bone health suggests that these easier to absorb hydroxide minerals may be the reason there is a link between alkaline water and bone health.

WHO: Fluoride levels in water should be reduced

High levels of fluoride in drinking water causes skeletal fluorosis, a crippling disease that causes weak and deformed bones. Because of this, the WHO suggests that fluoride levels in drinking water should be between .1 and 0.3 mg/L. But fluoride levels in US water supplies are allowed to be much higher. The EPA allows fluoride in concentrations up to 4.0 mg/L – 13.3 times higher than WHO recommendations. In fact, it is a well-documented fact that fluoride levels as low as 2 mg/L can still cause dental fluorosis – spotting and discoloration of teeth. The WHO does suggest that fluoride levels as high as 1.5 mg/L may be helpful in areas where risks for tooth decay are high. But for developed countries that have broad public access to toothpaste, the WHO concluded that fluoridating drinking water has little or no benefit to public health.

Free fluoride filters with purchase! If you have fluoride in your water and you purchase a LIFE water ionizer, we will provide you with our fluoride/heavy metals filter at no charge.

Is your water healthy to drink?

Minerals in tap water hard to absorb: Most public water sources contain adequate levels of calcium and magnesium for good health, but there’s still a problem: Many public water supplies get their calcium and magnesium from dolomite – a naturally occurring rock. But those minerals are in the form of carbonates which are hard for your body to absorb. Carbonate minerals require stomach acid to break them down, or your body can’t absorb them. Your stomach doesn’t make stomach acid when you drink water, so those minerals never get absorbed by your body.

Water ionizers fix the absorption problem by converting the carbonate minerals in water into hydroxide minerals. The body readily absorbs these hydroxide minerals. These easy to absorb minerals may be why alkaline water is better for your health than regular water. Studies show that the calcium in alkaline water is easier for the body to absorb, even for people with digestive problems that make it hard for them to absorb calcium!

What about fluoride? Any health benefits from fluoridated water exclusively benefits children. There is no benefit to adults from fluoridated water whatsoever. So if you live in a home without children, it’s safe to eliminate fluoride from your water altogether. Eliminating fluoride from your water may help protect you from skeletal fluorosis, and may reduce your risk of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).

Toxins may be present in your water that make it unhealthy to drink. It’s best to review the annual report that your local water utility files with the EPA annually to find out what toxins are in your water supply, so you can get a filter system for them. LIFE Ionizers will do this work for you, click here for a free water quality analysis

 

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References

 

World Health Organization, . “Nutrients in Drinking Water .” WHO | Nutrients in drinking water. World Health Organization, n.d. Web. 5 Jul 2013. <http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutrientsbegin.pdf>.

 

Ong, Choon. “Minerals from drinking-water: Bioavailability for various world populations and health implications.” WHO | Water Sanitation Health. World Health Organization, 17 Aug 2004. Web. 4 Jul 2013. <http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutbioavailability/en/>.

San Diego Toilet-to-Tap: Unsafe to drink?

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You might be surprised. San Diego county is thirsty. The ongoing, severe California drought is taking a heavy toll on water supplies, most of which comes from LA. San Diego is responding to the challenges that drought brings in a number of ways, one of which is to recycle the water from sewage and reuse it as potable water in a process that’s been called “Toilet-to-tap”. Many people in San Diego have expressed concern that the recycled water is unsafe, but is it?

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Toilet to tap: Is it safe? Yes. It’s the rest of your water you should worry about

Reverse Osmosis: How Toilet-to-tap is done

The process used to make recycled water in San Diego is far more extensive than the process that San Diego uses to treat its water supply from LA: Once the solids are filtered out, the reclaimed water is filtered by reverse osmosis, which removes over 99+% of everything in the water, leaving literally pure water. In fact, the pure water produced by reverse osmosis is much cleaner than the water San Diego currently imports from Los Angeles.

Reality Check: If you live in San Diego, and are concerned about unsafe water. You have more to fear from the water imported from LA, then you do from recycled water.

Where the rest of San Diego water comes from, and why you should be concerned

The rest of San Diego’s water is imported from LA . It is filtered using activated Carbon filters, but carbon filtration does not remove some potentially very dangerous contaminants – pharmaceutical drug residues. The fact is, the recycled water – treated by reverse osmosis – is actually of better quality than the water that comes from LA. The reason the water that San Diego gets from LA has pharmaceutical residues in it is that ALL of the water supplied to San Diego ultimately contains residues from other cities sewage. Which means nearly all of San Diego’s water is already toilet to tap, and it has been for decades.

Why all of San Diego’s water supply is already toilet-to-tap

Los Angeles imports its water from the Colorado river, via the California Aqueduct. Many cities along the Colorado river treat their sewage, and then discharge the treated water into the Colorado river. Thanks to lax treatment standards, and weak EPA enforcement,  the pharmaceutical drug residues in Colorado river water come from other those cities’ waste water. Essentially, San Diego’s water supply is already toilet-to-tap water that has not been treated by reverse osmosis. There are many other toxins in San Diego’s water as well. San Diego made #9 in LIFE Ionizers 10 worst cites for tap water quality.

Pharmaceuticals in your water: What you can do

You can use the same process that San Diego is using to recycle waste water: Reverse Osmosis (RO). Home RO systems are just as effective as municipal RO systems, so you can make your tap water 99%+ pure by filtering it with RO. There are, however some limitations:

  • Amount of water you get is limited
  • 30% of the water treated by RO is lost
  • RO water must be remineralized to make it good for drinking

50 Gallons: Because of these limitations, an RO system is only a practical solution for your drinking water needs. Reverse osmosis is a very slow process, home systems filter almost continuously and then store the filtered water in a tank, so it’s ready for you when you need it. A typical home RO system can produce about 50 gallons of water per day.

Water loss: Reverse osmosis systems continuously flush themselves when in operation. This creates a waste stream of water. The water can be captured, and used for watering plants and other non-potable uses.

Remineralization: The World Health Organization recommends you get 10 – 20% of your daily needs for calcium and magnesium from drinking water. Reverse osmosis removes all minerals from water, so you need to add the calcium and magnesium back in to RO water to make it healthy to drink. This is done using a remineralization cartridge.

You must remineralize it To use RO water with a water ionizer: If you filter your water with reverse osmosis, and want to turn it into alkaline water with a water ionizer, you must remineralize it. Water ionizers work on the minerals in water, not on the water molecules themselves. So pure, reverse osmosis water won’t work in an ionizer until you add minerals to it with a reminerailization cartridge.

Toilet-to-tap is safe, it’s the imported water that’s unsafe

Toilet-to-tap water, treated by Reverse Osmosis as San Diego is doing,  is perfectly safe to drink. It’s the imported water from LA that contains drug residues and other toxins! The worst thing about drug residues in tap water is that their effects haven’t been adequately studied, so nobody really knows what those residues may be doing to us. If you are concerned about the quality of your water, there are home water filtration options that can help.

 

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Drugs in Drinking Water – What you can do

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Over 80% of municipal water supplies in the US are contaminated by small amounts of pharmaceutical and over the counter drugs. Research shows that these drugs are having an effect on fish and other aquatic life, but their effects on humans have not been studied. Making matters worse is the one thing we do know: Chlorine in tap water makes many of these drugs even more toxic. In fact, one of the most common drugs in drinking water, acetaminophen, forms two toxic compounds when mixed with chlorine in drinking water. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait for studies to show harmful effects to do something about the drugs that may be in your water. There are home water filtration systems that can reduce and even eliminate many drugs in water, and the chlorine that makes them more toxic.

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LIFE’s Super Filter provides comprehensive protection against drugs

Effects of Drugs in Drinking Water not well Understood

Many health experts and water treatment authorities believe that the small quantities of any one drug found in your drinking water won’t hurt you, but laboratory testing shows that drugs in these tiny amounts can have ill effects on human cells. Making matters worse is that fact that there is often more than one kind of drug found in drinking water. Health experts and water treatment authorities both admit that the effects on human health of having a mixture of drugs in drinking water is unknown. This means that you’re a basically a guinea pig in ongoing efforts to find out when you drink unfiltered – or improperly filtered – tap water. This also goes for some bottled waters, because some brands of bottled water are nothing more than filtered tap water.

Chlorine makes drugs in drinking water more toxic: Another problem with drugs in drinking water is that those drugs are mixed in with the chlorine used to treat tap water. Chlorine reacts with some drugs, such as acetaminophen, to form toxic compounds. No studies have yet been performed on the effects of drugs in drinking water mixed with chlorine.

Protect yourself: Filter chlorine from your water before you drink it!

The Most Common Drugs Found Drinking Water

One of the most common drug found in water is acetaminophen. Pain relievers, antidepressants, drugs used to treat livestock, and antibiotics are also common. All of these drugs are found in small quantities, but over time can build up in your body’s cell tissue.

Common drugs found in drinking water

Acetaminophen Sulphamethoxazole Dehydronifedipine
Codine Estradiol (sex hormone) Antibiotics
Ibuprofen Meprobamate Clofibric Acid
Monensin (used on cattle) Carbamazepine Estrone
Naproxen Phenytoin Cotinine
Azithromycin Roxithromycin Tylosin
Virginiamycin Amoxicillin diclofenac
Prednisone Tetracycline Caffeine
diphenhydramine Sulphathiazole Many more!

 Water filters that can reduce chlorine and drugs in drinking water

Reverse Osmosis: The most effective filtration system for removing drugs from drinking water is reverse osmosis (RO). An RO system removes over 99% of contaminants from water, but it also removes the healthy minerals you need to get from water like calcium and magnesium. For this reason, RO water must be remineralized to make it good for your health.

Carbon Filters: Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filters remove about half of the drugs commonly found in tap water. They also reduce chlorine, and you need to get chlorine out of your water. Chlorine makes the harmful effects of drug residues worse

LIFE Super Filter – Replacement filter – The LIFE Super Filter uses ion-trapping (NASA filter technology) to block drug residues in water. If you can only afford to have one filter for your drinking water, get the Super Filter – it has the widest spectrum of protection of any single filter.

Yes! The Super Filter fits in your standard 10 inch filter housing. You can use it as a replacement for filters in your existing filtration system.

LIFE Water Ionizers Protect you from Drugs and Chlorine in Drinking Water

LIFE Ionizers use patent-pending Vitamin C Ceramic Block filtration, which is used in laboratories and hospitals to eliminate chlorine from tap water. No other ionizer made provides the same amount of protection from the toxic effects of chlorine as a LIFE Ionizer.

Additionally, LIFE Ionizers come with custom-configured pre-filter systems that are set up based on the contaminants found in your local water quality report. LIFE Ionizers provides these pre-filter systems free with every ionizer to make sure you have the right filter to protect yourself from the toxins found in your water. If your water is very toxic, you may need reverse osmosis treatment to make it safe.

How toxic is your water? Find out with a free water quality report

Water ionizers provide another layer of protection from toxic acidic substances found in drinking water. The process used to make alkaline water, called electodialysis, divides tap water into alkaline and acid streams. Any acidic compounds that survive filtration are automatically rejected into the acidic water stream by the electrodialysis process.

 

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Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water: Emergency Survival Guide

Do NOT Boil: If you have cyanotoxins in your drinking water, because boiling concentrates the poison and makes it worse. Drinking cyanotoxin-contaminated water is unsafe, but you can wash with it, clean with it, and even irrigate your lawn and garden. Do NOT allow your pets to drink the water. Some home water filtration systems can reduce levels of cyanotoxins in your water, but no home water filter system can guarantee removal. For that reason, you should not drink water from your home water filter system if cyanotoxin contamination has occurred.

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Cyanotoxins in drinking water mean you can’t drink it. But you can use it for other purposes

To use the information in this guide: Find out if your water has been declared “unsafe to use” or “unsafe to drink”. If your water has been declared unsafe to drink, you can still use it for washing, cleaning, and plant irrigation. If your water has been declared unsafe to use, then it’s not safe to use period.

Pets are especially sensitive to cyanotoxins! Do not allow your pet to come in contact with cyanotoxin-contaminated water. If your animal swims in blue-green algae laced water, wash it off with clean water as soon as possible. Do NOT let the animal lick the algae off it’s fur!

If you can find out the levels of cyanotoxins are that have been found in your water you can use the below chart. Cyanotoxins are measured in parts per billion (ppb) or micrograms per liter (µg/L). These measures are equivalent. For example, 5 parts per billion is equal to 5 micrograms per liter. This information should be readily available from you local news, or water treatment plant.

Health Based Guidelines for Cyanotoxins in drinking water

For drinking water, the US EPA limits the maximum amount of the four main groups of cyanotoxins to between one and three parts per billion. For non-drinking water, e.g that used for washing, the EPA allows levels of between 6 and 100 parts per billion. Here are the four main groups of cyanotoxins, and the levels allowed for drinking, and for washing:

 

Water Use Anotoxin-a Cylinrospermopsin Microcystins Saxitoxins
Drinking water 3 1 1 3
Non-drinking 20 6 10 100

 

How to use this chart: Using the information about the cyanotoxins found in your water, locate the toxins found on the chart. Below the toxin, you see the safe levels of cyanotoxins in your water in parts per billion (ppb)  or micrograms per liter (µg/L). Remember, they are the same.

For example: The August first cyanotoxin outbreak in Toledo Ohio was declared by health authorities to be “unsafe for drinking.” This means that residents of Toledo could still use their water for non-drinking purposes

Non-drinking purposes you can safely use cyanotoxin contaminated water for

If your water has been declared “unsafe to drink” but has not been declared unsafe to use, then you can still use your water for the following activities:

Personal Hygiene: Cyanotoxins don’t easily enter the body through the skin. For that reason, it’s safe to bathe, swim, shower, and even brush your teeth – as long as you do not swallow any of the water.

Washing Dishes, Counters, Floors: Using cyanotoxin-tainted water for cleaning is safe. Only a very tiny amount of water clings to plates, pots, and utensils after cleaning, so it’s safe to wash your dishes or do other home cleaning.

Laundry: Very little water remains after laundry is washed, so it’s safe to use your water for laundry.

Lawn and Garden Irrigation: It’s safe to water your lawn and your garden with your water. Even food-producing gardens can be safely watered, but you must allow food crops irrigated with cyanotoxin-laced water to dry completely in the sun before consuming. Do not allow pets or children to play on wet lawns.

Flushing your home plumbing, and water filtration systems afterward

Run hot water taps for 15 minutes, then run cold water for 5 minutes. Do this for every sink, tub, shower, or appliance that was used during the emergency.

Drinking Water Filters: Replace any water filters that are used for drinking water. Flush the water filter system before you install new filters.

Water Softeners: You should manually regenerate your water softener system before you flush your household plumbing and appliances.

Whole Home Filters: There are many different types of whole home water filtration systems. You should contact the manufacturer of your system for specific advice. In general, there are two types of filters:

  • Pressure Filters: Can be backwashed
  • Cartridge Filters: Need to be replaced

Pressure Filters: Flush pressure filters before and after you flush the plumbing in your home.

Cartridge Filters: Replace your filter cartridge after you have flushed the water in your home.

Reverse Osmosis Systems: You need to replace the prefilter(s) in your reverse osmosis system before flushing the system. The membrane filter in your system generally does not need to be replaced, however you should contact the manufacturer of your system to make sure.

Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water: Help is NOT on the Way

Federal authorities and Ohio State authorities know about the agricultural runoff problem in Lake Erie that caused the recent cyanotoxin outbreak, but they have no plans to stop it. The problem is that farmers are using huge amounts of fertilizers, and the runoff from their fertilizers trigger the algae bloom that causes the problem. Many of the farms that are causing the problem are huge farming operations, owned by powerful special interests. These large farm-corporations have been lobbying in Washington and Dayton to make sure nothing is done about the agricultural runoff problem. For this reason, you should expect water problems from cyanotoxins to continue, and even get worse.

Unfortunately, as you can see, there is very little the public can do to protect itself from cyanotoxins. The lack of regulatory action, combined with the limits in water filtration treatment options for homeowners make this a difficult problem to solve.


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