Each year all the city's in Colorado publish a water report giving valuable information about your water supply. By reading the water report you can learn about where your water comes from and the results of testing performed throughout the year. Understanding all the testes can me confusing so feel free to give us a call so we can go over the report with you. (303) 938-1833
Recently, the Associated Press reported that residues from a vast array of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (known as PPCPs) have been found in drinking water supplies across the country. These substances include dozens of different drugs and by-products including antibiotics, pain killers, anti-inflammatories, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers, heart medications, bronchodilators, sex hormones, sun-screen agents, and fragrances.
For 55 years, fluoride has been added to the water supply in many communities to help prevent tooth decay. But after all this time, surprising new research is raising such serious doubts about its safety that entire communities are abandoning the practice and many of the world's best scientists are urgently calling for change. As one doctor aptly stated: “No physician in his right mind would prescribe for a person he has never met, whose medical history he does not know, a substance known to be extremely toxic in low doses, with the intention of creating bodily change, with the advice: 'Take as much as you like for the rest of your life because some children suffer from tooth decay.’ It is a preposterous notion.”
Surface water sources (like water from streams, rivers and lakes) is full of leaves, decaying vegetation, fish and animals, algae, and other forms of plant life. When this matter decays in water it becomes dissolved organic matter. When chlorine is added to water that contains dissolved organic matter, the formation of “disinfection by-products” (DBP’s) occurs. These include “trihalogenated methanes” or trihalomethanes (THM's) and “haloacetic acids” (HAA’s.)
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Water ionizers produced in Japan and Korea are being marketed aggressively in the United States. These very expensive machines use the process of electrolysis to make an alkaline stream of water that supposedly possesses almost miraculous properties. This water (often referred to as miracle water, microwater, cluster water, or structured water) is touted as being able to reverse aging, prevent or heal cancer, solve problems with digestion, mal-absorption, chronic constipation and diarreha, and even reduce blood pressure and heal heart disease.
Activated carbon is a form of charcoal. Charcoal is obtained by burning wood, nutshells, coconut husks, animal bones, and/or other carbonaceous (carbon-containing) materials.
On private well water systems one of the most common causes of corrosion is acidic water. The pH scale is used to determine how acidic or alkaline a water chemistry is. Acidic water has a pH of less than 7.0. A pH of 6.0 to 6.5 is a common pH range found in wells with acidic water.
Signs of acid water are corrosion of pipes and fixtures, pinhole leaks in plumbing, and blue staining (from copper pipes) or rust staining (from iron pipes). Acidic water can also cause pinhole leaks and pipe failure over time. By raising the pH to the range of 7.0 to 7.5 the water can be made alkaline which will then reduce or eliminate pipe corrosion.
Most homes have hard water problems without necessarily knowing about it. You can know if you have hard water when it becomes difficult to get soap to form a lather or you have to squirt lots of dishwashing liquid into the water to clean your dishes.
Hard water works fine for rinsing down driveways or watering gardens and lawns. It's indoors where hard water cause hassles and real problems. Mineral deposits form on dishes and glassware. Laundry becomes stiff and dingy and clothes wear out faster. Cleaning anything requires extra energy and the use of harsh chemicals that are not only expensive, but hard on the environment once they go down the drain. Energy costs can go up significantly due to scale build-up in pipes and hot water heaters. Scale build-up also shortens the life of appliances and fixtures.
There are a variety of microorganisms that can contaminate drinking water supplies. They can be broken down into four main categories including:
Cyst forming Protozoa
To find out more about the most common pathogenic organisms including pictures, infectious doses, and more detailed information.
Arsenic is the 52nd most abundant element on the earth, averaging 2 parts per million (ppm) of the earth’s crust. Arsenic is classified as a metal by the periodic table of elements. Elemental arsenic is a steel-gray colored mineral with a metallic luster that tarnishes in air to a black oxide. The free elemental form of arsenic is very rare. Arsenic is usually bound up in rocks with other minerals and leaches into water as arsenate (+5 oxidation state) or arsenite (+3) oxidation state. Arsenite is more difficult to remove from water because it has no charge in pH neutral water. Both are known to be potent carcinogens in humans.
People are increasingly concerned about the safety of their drinking water. Water supplies once considered safe are now found to be polluted with drug residues, pesticides, gasoline additives and biological pathogens. The most important key to a human being's health is a reliable supply of clean, safe water.
To understand more about the nature of these contaminants, government standards, and what you can do to insure a safe supply of water, read on.
Water Is Medicine
Ancient systems of wisdom like Ho'ala Huna point to the fact that water is a "balancing medicine". Huna also teaches the common sense notion that "life energy flows where there is balance." Apparently, people who lived thousands of years ago knew that drinking an ample supply of healthy water is one of the most important "medicines" available to restore a balanced flow of life energy. It is still true today
CHLORINATION PROCESS TO SHOCK DISINFECT A WATER SYSTEM
(taken from a Boulder County Health Publication)
1. Determine the total water holding capacity of the system. Add the well capacity, cistern capacity, and pressure tank capacity together. The system installer may be able to help you obtain this information. Use the calculation below to determine the amount of bleach to use in order to disinfect the system.
Hard water is the most common problem found in the average home. Hard water is water that contains dissolved hardness minerals above 1 GPG. What are hardness minerals? Calcium, manganese and magnesium are the most common.