Water Contamination in Public Water, Check-out the Government Study

Quality of Water from Public-Supply Wells in the United States

by Patricia L. Toccalino and Jessica A. Hopple | USGS

More than 20 percent of untreated water samples from 932 public wells across the nation contained at least one contaminant at levels of potential health concern. About 105 million people – or more than one-third of the nation’s population – receive their drinking water from one of the 140,000 public water systems across the U.S. that rely on groundwater pumped from public wells.

About 105 million people—more than one-third of the Nation’s population—receive their drinking water from one of the 140,000 public water systems across the United States that use groundwater as their source.

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessed water-quality conditions in source (untreated) groundwater from 932 public wells, and in source and finished (treated) water from a subset of 94 wells. A greater number of chemical contaminants (as many as 337), both naturally occurring and man-made, were assessed in this study than in any previous national study of public wells.

The objectives of this study were to evaluate (1) the occurrence of contaminants in source water from public wells and their potential significance to human health, (2) whether contaminants that occur in source water also occur in finished water after treatment, and (3) the occurrence and characteristics of contaminant mixtures.

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Water by Request Only at Some Restaurants

Are you going to drink that glass of water? Restaurateur launches campaign to conserve precious Texas resource

06.22.12 | 11:13 am

“I wish I could take a picture of every water glass bussed off a table that’s still full or half full,” says Mimi Del Grande.

She is referring to all the water that restaurants waste when they automatically serve patrons water. And she should know. Del Grande is the wife of celebrity chef Robert Del Grande and one of the original partners in Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group.

Of course she’s not alone, but she is certainly one of the stalwarts when it comes to “free” water.

Last March, some Houston diners got a little schooling in water when 36 local eateries participated in UNICEF’s World Water Week, a fundraising effort for the Tap Project that brings clean water to children around the world. During World Water Week, restaurant patrons were asked to pay $1 for that glass of tap water to help the project and they were informed about the lack of clean drinking water around the world. Nearly one billion people lack access to clean water.

You want tap water? Cough up a buck for charity. Any charity. Because someday, not that far away, it might be you who needs clean drinking water.

I thought that was the greatest thing since the invention of queso, I just was shocked that only 36 out of thousands of local restaurants participated. And I wish it could go on year-round.

You want tap water? Cough up a buck for charity. Any charity. Because someday, not that far away, it might be you who needs clean drinking water.

According to the Texas Water Development Board’s 2012 State Water Plan: “In serious drought conditions, Texas does not and will not have enough water to meet the needs of its people, its businesses, and its agricultural enterprises.”

And even if we don’t face another drought like last year’s, by 2060 the region’s population will almost double while our existing water supplies will be less. The Water Plan contains recommendations at a cost of $12 billion for the Houston area (called Region H) and part of that plan is increased conservation.

“When it was really bad last summer we did ask restaurants to only serve water on request,” says Greater Houston Restaurant Associationexecutive director Katie Clark. “We made a request in our membership newsletter, but we don’t have any policy on it. It’s hard because patrons are just used to the way it’s always been.”

At least in Houston.

In New York City there is a regulation that stipulates water in restaurants is only to be served upon request. Other cities have similar ordinances (Houston does not) but they aren’t always followed.

“Every time I go out to eat anywhere, even in California where they have restrictions, they are pouring water like crazy,” says Del Grande.

“I grew up in a very dry Riverside, California,” she adds. “Where we had droughts all the time. We used to take our used water out to water our plants and it was illegal to wash our cars.” Anyone remember Chinatown, the Jack Nicholson film about the California Water Wars in the ’20s and 30s?

And by the way, Texas is currently battling both Mexico and Oklahoma over water rights.

“Americans think they have a god given right to water on the table,” says Del Grande. “Seventy percent of the world doesn’t have access to enough fresh water. It’s just bad juju.”

So Del Grande instituted a water-on-request policy at all of the Schiller Del Grande restaurants. Some other eateries, like Giacomo’s cibo e vino, have notes on the menu saying water is only served on request, but Del Grande took it a little farther. The menu at Alto Pizzeria reads: “Please help us save our most precious resource. Water served upon request.”

So how’s that working out?

“The backlash I have gotten on this you would not believe,” Del Grande sighs. “Particularly at RDG, the customers were getting really mad at the waiters.”

“The backlash I have gotten on this you would not believe,” Del Grande sighs. “Particularly at RDG, the customers were getting really mad at the waiters.”

Which is why some of her waiters continue to bring big glasses of water whether you ask for it or not.

“You know people who order a glass of ice tea and a glass of water aren’t going to drink all the water,” Del Grande says. “It takes three glasses of water to wash one glass so you’re not wasting one glass, you’re wasting four.”

And yet we continue to do so. Wasting a precious resource that is itself wasting away as droughts get worse, subsidence reduces some of our water sources and our population continues to climb.

So what’s the answer? Education. Del Grande is hoping to produce some YouTube videos and wants to push the effort with other restaurants. She’s so passionate about it she would love to work on the issue fulltime, but she can’t.

So, in the meantime, next time you sit down at a restaurant table, tell your waiter you don’t want tap water. And if the bring it before you can decline, please ask them to recycle the water.

After all, it is one of our most precious resources.

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Kick the Soda Pop Habit – A Pitcher of Water with Lemon is One Way

Want to stop drinking pop?

By Karen Caffarini
GateHouse News Service

For die-hard soda lovers, it’s a combination of the sweet taste, carbonation that tickles the taste buds and caffeine (for cola fans) that makes the soft drinks so addicting.But doctors and registered dieticians say this is one habit that should be kicked as quickly as possible, both for health and weight reasons.

“How quickly to change? As quickly as you can, taking care not to cause a bad caffeine withdrawal,” recommends Dr. Dana S. Simpler, an internist with 25 years’ experience in primary care in Baltimore.

Experts admit it could be difficult to wean yourself off soda, but say there are plenty of substitutes that will quench your thirst and satisfy all three sensations. Some suggestions:

Replace soft drinks with healthy beverages such as unsweetened iced tea or coffee, or water, says Dr. Kira Schmid, who recommends going cold turkey. Schmid is staff doctor and associate director of scientific affairs with Life Extension in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Because it can be difficult to avoid overindulging on soft drinks when dining out, especially if free refills are offered, Schmid suggests ordering unsweetened iced tea or water instead.

Simpler strongly encourages her patients to just drink just water. “They can add a little bit of juice to it — maybe 1/4 cup juice to 3/4 cup water — if they really need some flavor,” Simpler says. Or, she says, cut up an orange or lemon and leave it in a pitcher of water in the refrigerator all day. The water will get some of the fruit flavor.

If you need the carbonation, try carbonated water, suggests Angela Douge, a registered dietician with Dominican University’s Nutrition Sciences Department in River Forest, Ill. She says you can dress it up with some lime or lemon juice.

Unsweetened ice tea with a level teaspoon of sugar is OK as long as you don’t drink it within six hours of trying to fall asleep, Simpler says. She recommends skipping the bottled ice teas, which she says are generally packed with sugar.

If you can’t go cold turkey, Douge suggests grabbing a glass of soda with ice when you want a treat, not when you’re thirsty: “Drink water when you’re thirsty. If you want a soda, sip and enjoy it, put it on ice and be done with it. Only do it, though, when you’re craving it.

Read more:  North Attleboro, MA – North Attleborough Free Press

Eight glasses of water a day? No, says expert

Eight glasses of water a day? No, says expert

By Martin Johnston | nzherald.co.nz

Doggedly following advice to drink at least eight glasses of water a day is said to be of no health benefit to most people and only enriches bottling companies.

And it makes people go to the toilet a lot.

Public health researcher Rob Quigley said yesterday adults typically needed around 2 litres of fluids a day, but did not need to obtain all of this by drinking water.

“We get a lot of fluid from food. Fruit and vegetables are upwards of 90-95 per cent water. Eating an apple a day is a little bit like drinking a glass of water.”

Australian university lecturer Spero Tsindos, who examines water consumption in the latest edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, said encouraging people to drink large amounts of water was driven by vested interests.

Pricier brands of bottled water can cost more than $3 a litre at New Zealand supermarkets.

A Pennsylvania University research review published in 2008 found no evidence that drinking eight glasses of water a day improved skin tone, aided dieting or prevented headaches (except those induced by hangovers).

A person’s daily fluid needs, in addition to the quantities derived from food and plain water, can be supplied from tea, coffee and even moderate amounts of mildly alcoholic drinks such as beer – despite their mildly diuretic effects – and various other drinks.

“Out of all the fluids to drink,” Mr Quigley said, “water is one of the best, Read more…

City Council May Eliminate Fluoride from Drinking Water

by Dan Kleiner | The Madisonville Meteor

Corrosion discovered at one of the City of Madisonville’s water wells sparked a discussion about fluoride levels in the City’s drinking water at a recent City Council meeting.

City Council at its regular meeting May 14 discussed the possibility of ceasing to add the chemical to the City’s supply altogether or reducing the amount injected into the system.

Currently, the City injects enough fluoride into its drinking water to bring the level to between 0.7 and 0.8 parts per million, a level recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Council members and city staff questioned the impact that injecting fluoride into the City’s water system has and will continue to research the issue and prepare a recommendation for a later meeting.

“If we’re going to continue to lower (fluoride levels in the water), it might just be best to take it out of the system altogether,” Public Works Director Kevin Story said.

City staff discovered corrosion at Water Well No. 5 approximately one month ago and upon contacting an engineer received the recommendation that they reduce the level of fluoride being injected into the water supply. Read more…

Top 10 Hydration Tips for Running

Any experienced runner can educate you on why it is important to stay properly hydrated before you run, while you run and after you have finished a run. A healthy fluid intake helps runners to avoid suffering dehydration and heat exhaustion. It also limits the chance of developing muscle cramps or other similar injuries and promotes optimal performance.

There is much more involved in staying hydrated while running than simply drinking lots of water. Proper hydration begins before you lace up your running shoes and continues after you kick them off. Failing to maintain fluid levels is foolish and dangerous.

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Calculate sweat rate: Everyone has different fluid needs. Calculate your sweat rate to determine how much fluid you need during a run.  Read more…