Muriella’s Corner has been actively involved in blogging about drinking water…This seeming obsession is a result of almost 30 years working the international development in helping communities in developing countries have access to the liberating and health effects of a clean drinking water supply. A search on Muriella’s Corner blogs for water will reveal many entries on the condition of water in the United States.
The observation was made that in development countries, emphasis in the dialogue on water is availability, accessibility, quantity, much less on quality; however in the developed world emphasis is much more on quality, a conversation that is becoming more and more pronounced as we become aware of what really constitutes bottled water and what goes into the ground thus affecting the water we drink.
The chemicals ubiquitously available in our drinking water can lead to water-related diseases which ultimately affect our health, viz the most recent article in the New York Times on Toxic WatersMore than 23 million of us are walking toxic sieves, full of ingested chemicals from our food and our water and our air…Being aware of the impact of chemicals on our lives is extremely important as our health depends on this. The more aware of these, the more one takes action on asssuring the ingestion of non-chemicalized water, food and the breathing of fresher air (in the home as that is the only environment we can totally control), health care issues can be addressed working with a better prepared population who would know where to take its acvitist energies.
The Times article highlights vividly some experiences of some people living in areas where coal sludge/slurry might be leaking into the ground water. Here in her own words is Jennifer from West Virginia talking about why she no longer drinks water from the tap…”In fact, her entire family tries to avoid any contact with the water. Her youngest son has scabs on his arms, legs and chest where the bathwater — polluted with lead, nickel and other heavy metals — caused painful rashes. Many of his brother’s teeth were capped to replace enamel that was eaten away.
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Water Polluters Near You
Across the nation, the system that Congress created to protect the nation’s waters under the Clean Water Act of 1972 today often fails to prevent pollution. The New York Times has compiled data on more than 200,000 facilities that have permits to discharge pollutants and collected responses from states regarding compliance. Information about facilities contained in this database comes from two sources: the Environmental Protection Agency and the California State Water Resources Control Board. The database does not contain information submitted by the states. READ MORE HERE…