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Water Contamination

“Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall.

He will end by destroying the earth.”

Albert Schweitzer That is a pretty shocking quote, but when you study the impacts and choices the public and corporations in the US are making regarding the production and farming of food along with the pollution and additives deposited into our water you’ll begin to get the point.

The causes of water contamination are numerous and range from agricultural run off to improper use of household chemicals and everything in between. While the standard use in our society of over 75,000 different chemical compounds has offered added convenience and productivity in our lives, it has also come at a tremendous price.

One of America’s leading authorities on water contamination, Dr. David Ozonoff of the Boston University of Public Health warns that, “The risk of disease associated with public drinking water has passed from the theoretical to the real. “Many illnesses that in the past could not be linked to a probable cause can now are directly linked to toxins in our drinking water”.

The use of pesticides and herbicides has become so excessive that they are now commonly found in household tap water with alarming frequency. The tragic health effects of consuming these highly toxic chemicals are magnified many times over for small children because their systems are more sensitive and still developing. Small children also consume a much larger volume of fluids per pound of body weight and therefore get a bigger dose, yet none of these factors are considered when the EPA’s maximum contaminant levels are set.

Industrial solvents like TCE (Trichloroethylene) and Benzene make their way into our water supplies from literally hundreds of sources. Airports and military bases degrease planes and engine parts with TCE, one of the most concentrated toxins in existence. One teaspoon of TCE will render undrinkable over 250,000 gallons of water, and yet thousands of gallons are used in uncontained applications each day.

Perchlorethelyne, cyanide, and benzene are used in such common industries as dry cleaning, car washes and photo processing, much of which ends up going down someone’s drain and into our water supplies. It has been shown that areas with the highest levels of these man made carcinogens in their water supplies also have the highest incidence of cancer.

Jacquelyn Warren of the Natural Resources Defence Council commented on this subject, “The one thing we know for sure about toxins in our drinking water is that the more we look the more we find Cancer extracts a staggering toll from our society, one in every seven people will die from this man made disease”.