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In US, Water Pollution Worries Highest Since 2001

In US, Water Pollution Worries Highest Since 2001
by Justin McCarthy

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 63% worry a great deal about pollution of drinking water
  • 57% worry a great deal about pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs
  • Low-income and nonwhite Americans more concerned about water pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans are more concerned about water pollution than they have been since 2001. The latest percentages of Americans who are worried “a great deal” about the pollution of drinking water (63%) and of rivers, lakes and reservoirs (57%) have inched past the elevated levels of concern seen since 2014.

Americans' Concerns About Water Pollution, 1999-2017

The latest data are from Gallup’s annual Environment poll, conducted March 1-5, 2017.

The continued elevated levels of concern about both types of water pollution come as President Donald Trump signed an executive order to roll back environmental regulations put in place by his predecessor to protect American waterways from pollution. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency under Trump has committed $100 million in federal funding to address the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The discovery of elevated lead levels in Flint’s public drinking water in 2015, and subsequent news about a range of other contaminants in the Flint water system, has put a national spotlight on the issue of water pollution. Read Full Article..

Source: Gallup Poll

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Home filtering systems provide best protection for drinking water

As news reports about pharmaceuticals in water circulate, here are several facts for consumers to consider:

  • Filtering systems in the home provide the highest technology available for treatment of drinking water. Less than two percent of all water consumed is ingested by humans, making these “point-of-use” systems the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
  • While utilities are required to meet safety standards set by the U.S. EPA, home filtering systems act as a final contaminant barrier and can further purify water for drinking.
  • While specific product performance standards have not yet been developed for pharmaceuticals, many point-of-use technologies have proven effective for some of these emerging contaminants. Nano-filtration and reverse osmosis systems removed drugs tested by the Colorado School of Mines at full-scale facilities in Arizona and California. Activated carbon, distillation, ozonation, and advanced oxidization have likewise shown promise in removing many of these contaminants. Individual manufacturers can also test products for specific pharmaceuticals if they choose.
  • According to Utah State University Extension, up to 90 percent of oral drugs can pass through humans unchanged. These often then move through wastewater into streams and groundwater. It is generally cost prohibitive for utilities to use systems such as nano-filtration, long contact activated carbon, and reverse osmosis. However, these technologies have proven successful at removing many contaminants in home water treatment systems.
  • In addition to pharmaceuticals, water quality experts are examining other emerging contaminants, such as those found in personal care products and pesticides. These are often referred to as endocrine disrupting chemicals. Home filtering systems have also been proven to treat threats such as lead and mercury.
  • WQA provides Gold Seal certification for products that remove a variety of contaminants.
  • Consumers can learn about different treatment systems and find locally certified dealers by visiting the WQA Web site’s Gold Seal and Find A Professional features.
  • More information is available at WQA’s Water Information Library online, which includes a search feature.

WQA is a non-profit association that provides public information about water treatment issues and also trains and certifies professionals to better serve consumers. WQA has more than 2,500 members nationwide.

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Study Estimates Potential for Major National Water Savings

Apr 26, 2017

Water-efficient toilets could save up to 170 billion gal per year

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The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) and Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI) released research that shows that water-efficient toilets could potentially save up to 170 billion potable gal of water per year across five states facing water scarcity.

The “Saturation Study of Non-Efficient Water Closets in Key States” focused on Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia and Texas—all states that have experienced serious water shortages. The savings projected by the study (170 billion gal of potable water yearly or 465 million gal saved per day) could be achieved if non-efficient toilets in residential properties are replaced with water-efficient ones. This five-state savings can be extrapolated to an estimate of up to 360 billion potable gal of water per year saved nationally.

This research produces important direction for water managers nationwide, as 40 out of 50 states anticipate water shortages in the coming years, according to a Government Accountability Office survey of state water managers published in 2013, with most of these states already experiencing periodic shortages. The five states researched represent 28% of the national population and 47% of all housing units in 2015, so the report examines a large part of the residential water consumption in the U.S. Toilet flushing is the largest single indoor use of water, representing 24% of total use in single-family homes. Replacing non-efficient toilets with efficient ones is an important strategy to stretch available water supplies.

“This study affirms the important and sometimes overlooked role that water-efficient plumbing products, and programs such as the EPA WaterSense label, play in assuring water sustainability for our nation,” said Mary Ann Dickinson, AWE president and CEO. “We are nowhere near the potential of water savings we can achieve through water efficiency.”

Barbara C. Higgens, PMI CEO/executive director, said plumbing manufacturers are proud of the water-saving innovations they have brought to the marketplace. “Great water-efficiency innovations have already been made and are readily available. Now, it’s time for consumers and businesses to do their part to replace non-efficient toilets, showerheads and faucets with water-efficient ones,” she said.

The five-state water savings estimate was calculated after the study’s research determined that more than 13 million non-efficient toilets, with gallons per flush (gpf) of more than 1.6 gal, remain installed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia and Texas residences. These 13 million toilets comprise about 21% of all toilets installed in these states; therefore, about 79% of installed residential toilets in these states are already efficient at 1.6 gpf or less.

Using the AWE/PMI study estimate of 170 billion gal of water, these examples show how much water can be saved within residential properties located in the five states included in the study:

  • Enough water saved to take 10 billion showers—more than one for each person on the planet;
  • Enough water saved to serve the indoor home water needs of a city of 100,000 for 45 years;
  • Enough water saved to fill 250,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools;
  • Enough water saved to fill 1,000 Rose Bowls; and
  • Enough water saved to equal the water that goes over Niagara Falls in 2 ½ days.

The AWE/PMI study demonstrates that current plumbing technology can make a tremendous water-saving impact, especially if toilet replacement programs can be accelerated. At the current 4% annual toilet replacement rate, the potential savings illustrated in this study will not occur for another 15 to 30 years unless replacement programs are accelerated.

Source:

Alliance for Water Efficiency


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Tucson Home & Patio Show April 7,8 & 9 at TCC

Visit us at booth No: 1110

Features & Entertainment

For over 45 years, the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) has been producing one of the largest home shows in the United States.

2017 Highlights Include

  • Hundreds of exhibitors highlighting what’s new in home improvement trends, remodeling ideas and outdoor living. Dozens of presentations, classes and seminars, and lots of fun and interactive activities for the kids.
  • The SAHBA Stage will feature a variety of home improvement seminars all weekend; highlights include painting techniques, home security, benefits of solar and “do-it-yourself” projects.
  • SAHBA also proudly presents Tucson Originals Restaurants “Culinary Showcase” all three days! Tucson Originals’ chefs will be demonstrating their restaurants’ favorite dishes and offering delicious tasting samples throughout the Show including Girl Scout Cookie demos.

Chemicals in your Water

Water It flows in every faucet in your home!

What’s in your water?
There are over 60,000 chemicals used in this country today and 320 of them have been found in our water system. 220 of these chemicals have found there way into our water system. The chart shows the amount of detected chemicals in the some of the city water supplies.

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For the city of
Scottsdale they tested for 97 chemicals,  they found 31 chemicals in the water and 13 were found to exceed health guidelines.
Mesa tested for 97 chemicals,  they found 29 chemicals in the water and 17 were found to exceed health guidelines
Tempe tested for 112 chemicals,  they found 19 chemicals in the water and 13 were found to exceed health guidelines.
Chandler tested for 101 chemicals,  they found 37 chemicals in the water and 17 were found to exceed health guidelines.

Water softeners will not help with removing or reducing these chemicals, RO-Systems will only treat your drinking water at your kitchen sink. The best way to treat your water is to install in a whole house system in your home. That way every faucet and shower in your home will get treated.  The H2o Concepts systems uses 3 forms of filtration it all starts with the granulated activated carbon, then moves through the KDF this is for all the heavy metals and the Amp Force electronics this breaks apart the calcium and magnesium in the water. This adds up to great tasting water at every faucet in your home.

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Culprits of Autism Identified: Toxins, Gut Bacteria, Nutritional Deficiencies, and Vaccines Made with Human Fetal Cell Lines

Article Date: October 06, 2014 BY: By Dr. Mercola
Full artical Link www.Mercola.com

This is a portion of Dr. Mercola’s article

Your Gut Bacteria are Vulnerable to Your Diet and Lifestyle Processed, refined foods in general will destroy healthy microflora and feed bad bacteria and yeast, so limiting or eliminating these from your diet should be at the top of your list. Following my recently revised nutrition plan is a simple way to automatically reduce your intake of sugar from all sources. Processed foods wreak havoc on your gut in a number of different ways:

First, they are typically loaded with sugar, and avoiding sugar (particularly fructose) is in my view, based on the evidence, a critical aspect of preventing and/or treating depression. Not only will sugar compromise your beneficial gut bacteria by providing the preferred fuel for pathogenic bacteria, it also contributes to chronic inflammation throughout your body, including your brain.

Many contain artificial sweeteners and other synthetic additives that can wreak havoc with brain health. In fact, depression and panic attacks are two of the reported side effects of aspartame. Preliminary findings presented at the 65th annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology also report that drinking sweetened beverages―whether they’re sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners—is associated with an increased risk of depression.

Processed foods are also typically loaded with refined grains, which turn into sugar in your body. Wheat in particular has also been implicated in psychiatric problems, from depression to schizophrenia, due to Wheat Germ Agglutinin (WGA), which has neurotoxic activity.

The majority of processed foods also contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients (primarily corn and soy), which have been shown to be particularly detrimental to beneficial bacteria. There are several mechanisms of harm at work here. For example:

Eating genetically engineered Bt corn may turn your intestinal flora into a sort of “living pesticide factory,” essentially manufacturing Bt-toxin from within your digestive system on a continuing basis.

Beneficial gut bacteria are very sensitive to residual glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup). Due to mounting resistance, GE Roundup Ready crops are being drenched with increasing amounts of this toxic herbicide. Studies have already confirmed that glyphosate alters and destroys beneficial gut flora in animals, as evidenced by the increasing instances of lethal botulism in cattle

Recent research also reveals that your gut bacteria are a key component of glyphosate’s mechanism of harm, as your gut microbes have the identical pathway used by glyphosate to kill weeds

Your gut bacteria are also very sensitive to and can be harmed by:

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Early Death Comes From Drinking Distilled Water

Article Date:September 23, 2014 BY: Zoltan P. Rona MD MSc Mercola.com

During nearly 19 years of clinical practice I have had the opportunity to observe the health effects of drinking different types of water. Most of you would agree that drinking unfiltered tap water could be hazardous to your health because of things like

  • parasites
  • chlorine
  • fluoride
  • dioxins

Many health fanatics, however, are often surprised to hear me say that drinking distilled water on a regular, daily basis is potentially dangerous.

Paavo Airola wrote about the dangers of distilled water in the 1970’s when it first became a fad with the health food crowd.

Distillation is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapour condensed. Distilled water is free of dissolved minerals and, because of this, has the special property of being able to actively absorb toxic substances from the body and eliminate them. Studies validate the benefits of drinking distilled water when one is seeking to cleanse or detoxify the system for short periods of time (a few weeks at a time).

Fasting using distilled water can be dangerous because of the rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals like magnesium, deficiencies of which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure. Cooking foods in distilled water pulls the minerals out of them and lowers their nutrient value.

Distilled water is an active absorber and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The more distilled water a person drinks, the higher the body acidity becomes.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Distilled water, being essentially mineral-free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to dissolve substances with which it is in contact. Notably, carbon dioxide from the air is rapidly absorbed, making the water acidic and even more aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by distilled water.”

The most toxic commercial beverages that people consume (i.e. cola beverages and other soft drinks) are made from distilled water. Studies have consistently shown that heavy consumers of soft drinks (with or without sugar) spill huge amounts of calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals into the urine.

The more mineral loss, the greater the risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and a long list of degenerative diseases generally associated with premature aging.

A growing number of health care practitioners and scientists from around the world have been advocating the theory that aging and disease is the direct result of the accumulation of acid waste products in the body.

There is a great deal of scientific documentation that supports such a theory. A poor diet may be partially to blame for the waste accumulation.

These and other junk foods can cause the body to become more acidic:

  • meats
  • sugar
  • alcohol
  • fried foods
  • soft drinks
  • processed foods
  • white flour products
  • dairy products

Stress, whether mental or physical can lead to acid deposits in the body.

There is a correlation between the consumption of soft water (distilled water is extremely soft) and the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Cells, tissues and organs do not like to be dipped in acid and will do anything to buffer this acidity including the removal of minerals from the skeleton and the manufacture of bicarbonate in the blood.

The longer one drinks distilled water, the more likely the development of mineral deficiencies and an acid state.

I have done well over 3000 mineral evaluations using a combination of blood, urine and hair tests in my practice. Almost without exception, people who consume distilled water exclusively, eventually develop multiple mineral deficiencies.

Those who supplement their distilled water intake with trace minerals are not as deficient but still not as adequately nourished in minerals as their non-distilled water drinking counterparts even after several years of mineral supplementation.

The ideal water for the human body should be slightly alkaline and this requires the presence of minerals like

  • calcium
  • magnesium

Distilled water tends to be acidic and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of distilled water is a bad idea.

Water filtered through reverse osmosis tends to be neutral and is acceptable for regular use provided minerals are supplemented.

Water filtered through a solid charcoal filter is slightly alkaline. Ozonation of this charcoal filtered water is ideal for daily drinking. Longevity is associated with the regular consumption of hard water (high in minerals). Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of distilled water.

Avoid it except in special circumstances.

Zoltan P. Rona MD MSc


References

Airola, P. 1974. How To Get Well. Phoenix, AZ: Health Plus Publishers.

Baroody, Dr. Theodore A. Jr. Alkalinize or Die. California:Portal Books, 1995.

Haas, Elson M. Staying Healthy with Nutrition. The Complete Guide to Diet & Nutritional Medicine. Berkeley, California:Celestial Arts, 1992; p. 22.

Rona, Zoltan P. and Martin, Jeanne Marie. Return to the Joy of Health, Vancouver: Alive Books, 1995.

Rona, Zoltan P. Childhood Illness and The Allergy Connection. Rocklin, California:Prima Books, 1996.

 

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5 states running out of water

The most severe drought in recent years is destroying crops and threatening to empty reservoirs in these states.

By Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich, 24/7 Wall St.

Extreme drought leads to extreme measures

The United States is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in memory. More than 30 percent of the country was experiencing at least moderate drought last month.

In seven states, drought conditions were so severe that each had more than half of its land area in severe drought. Severe drought is characterized by crop loss, frequent water shortages and mandatory water-use restrictions. Based on data from the U.S. Drought Monitor through May 13, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the states with the highest levels of severe drought.

In an interview, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) meteorologist Brad Rippey, told 24/7 Wall St. that drought has been a long-running issue in parts of the country. “This drought has dragged on for three and a half years in some areas, particularly (in) North Texas,” Rippey said.

While large portions of seven states suffer from severe drought, in some parts of these states, drought conditions are even worse. In six of the seven states with the highest levels of drought, more than 30 percent of each state was in extreme drought as of May 13, as well as suffering widespread water shortages. Additionally, in California and Oklahoma, 25 and 30 percent of the states, respectively, suffered from exceptional drought, the highest severity of classification. Under exceptional drought, crop and pasture loss is widespread, and shortages of well and reservoir water can lead to water emergencies.

Drought has had a major impact on important crops such as winter wheat. “So much of the winter wheat is grown across the southern half of the Great Plains,” Rippey said, in an area that includes three of the hardest-hit states. In the Southwest, concerns are less-focused on agriculture and more on reservoir levels, Rippey said.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced by the USDA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the seven states with the highest proportions of total area classified in at least a state of severe drought as of May 13, 2014. Also reviewed were figures recently published by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service as part of its 2012 Census of Agriculture.

No. 5: Arizona

Percent severe drought: 76.3
Percent extreme drought: 7.7 (9th highest)
Percent exceptional drought: 0.0

Unlike other states suffering the most from drought, none of Arizona is experiencing what’s deemed exceptional drought, teh most severe type. Severe drought conditions, however, affected more than three-quarters of the state as of May 13.

While dry conditions are not particularly unusual in Arizona at this time of year, the U.S. Drought Monitor accounts for local seasonal patterns in assessing drought conditions. Moreover, the extreme heat and lighter-than-average snowfall from the winter have reduced the soil moisture to such a degree that fire hazards are significantly higher.

 

No. 4: Kansas

Percent severe drought: 80.8 percent
Percent extreme drought: 48.1 percent (3rd highest)
Percent exceptional drought: 2.8 percent (6th highest)

Like several states running out of water, 80 percent of Kansas was engulfed in at least severe drought, an increase from one year ago when roughly 70 percent was covered by severe drought. Compared to last May, however, when exceptional drought covered nearly one fifth of the state, just 2.8 percent of Kansas was considered exceptionally dry as of May 13.

In announcing the severity of the state’s drought problem, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback lifted restrictions on taking water from state-owned fishing lakes.

Cattle near near Fort Sumner where Livestock Board officials reportedly found an estimated 1,000 malnourished cattle. Green grass needed to feed cattle is virtually absent throughout much of New Mexico. © Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal/zReportage.com via ZUMA Press

No. 3: New Mexico

Percent severe drought: 86.2 percent
Percent extreme drought: 33.3 percent (6th highest)
Percent exceptional drought: 4.5 percent (5th highest)

More than 86 percent of New Mexico was covered in severe drought as of May 13, more than all but two states. Additionally, one-third of the state was in extreme drought, worse than just a month earlier, when only one-quarter of the state was covered in extreme drought.

However, conditions were better than they were one year ago, when virtually the entire state was in at least severe drought, with more than 80 percent in extreme drought conditions. NOAA forecasts conditions may improve in much of the state this summer.

 

No. 2: Nevada

Percent severe drought: 87.0 percent
Percent extreme drought: 38.7 percent (5th highest)
Percent exceptional drought: 8.2 percent (4th highest)

Nearly 40 percent of Nevada was covered in extreme drought as of May 13, among the highest rates in the country. The drought in the state has worsened since the week of April 15, when 33.5 percent of the state was covered in extreme drought.

According to the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD), the main cause of the drought this year has been below average snowfall in the Rocky Mountains. Melting snow from the Rocky Mountains eventually flows into Lake Mead, which provides most of the Las Vegas Valley with water. John Entsminger, head of both the LVVWD and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, said that the effects of the drought on the state have been “every bit as serious as a Hurricane Katrina or a Superstorm Sandy.”

 

No. 1: California

Percent severe drought: 100.0 percent
Percent extreme drought: 76.7 percent (the highest)
Percent exceptional drought: 24.8 percent (2nd highest)

California had the nation’s worst drought problem as of May 13, with more than 76 percent of the state experiencing extreme drought. Severe drought conditions covered the entire state.

Drought in California has worsened considerably in recent years. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency earlier this year. California had 465,422 hired farm workers in 2012, more than any other state; those workers would likely suffer further if conditions persist.

The shortage of potable water has been so severe that California is now investing in long-term solutions, such as desalination plants. A facility that is expected to be the largest in the Western hemisphere is currently under construction in Southern California, and another is under consideration in Orange County.

Source:  http://247wallst.com/special-report/2014/05/23/seven-states-running-out-of-water/

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