In November of 2010, the EPA released a public warning to NYC residents advising us to run our taps for 30 seconds prior to using to the water. The reason for this warning was that routine testing has shown there has been an increase in the levels of lead at the tap in NYC. Officials advise that they are not sure what is causing the increased prevalence of this toxin in the water. They further advise that residents should not cook with hot water from the tap - or prepare food with the hot water - but rather use only cold water. Check out NYC.Gov - this 'alert' is still in effect in 2013 - and as older plumbing continues to age and breakdown we suspect that the lead findings in tap water samples will continue to increase.
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I am confident you have heard of the health effects associated with lead. Unlike many of the other contaminants and chemicals we as Americans are exposed to, Lead receives a lot of public attention, most probably because of the severity of the illness it leads to. While children are very vulnerable to lead poisoning, lead can have serious health effects on individuals of all ages.
If you are a parent or guardian of young children can you trust these children will adhere to this public warning and run the tap for at least 30 seconds before drinking the water?
Unfortunately, lead is not the only chemical present in New York City tap water. In NY the water is disinfected using chlorine. While chlorine does a great job at killing certain organisms it remains present at the tap - in some cases in high concentration. This is a direct quote from the New York State Department of Health website: "Chlorine (Cl2) is among the ten highest volume chemicals manufactured in the United States. It is produced commercially by electrolysis of sodium chloride brine. Chlorine is used in industry and in household cleaning products. Chlorine was also the first poison gas to be used as a weapon during World War I."
The Department of Health goes on to explain chlorine's mechanism of action as:
"The health effects of chlorine are primarily due to its corrosive properties. The strong oxidizing effects of chlorine cause hydrogen to split from water in moist tissue, resulting in the release of nascent oxygen and hydrogen chloride which produce corrosive tissue damage. The oxidation of chlorine may also form hypochlorous acid, which will penetrate cells and react with cytoplasmic proteins to destroy cell structure."
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What are the health effects of chlorine exposure? Well let's turn again to the trusty Department of Health, they describe the health effects as follows (again the following is a complete direct excerpt for the NYS Department of Health website):
"The health effects resulting from most chlorine exposures begin within seconds to minutes. The severity of the signs and symptoms caused by chlorine will vary according to amount, route and duration of exposure.
Inhalation: Most chlorine exposures occur via inhalation. Low level exposures to chlorine in air will cause eye/skin/airway irritation, sore throat and cough. Chlorine's odor provides adequate early warning of its presence, but also causes olfactory fatigue or adaptation, reducing awareness of one's prolonged exposure at low concentrations. At higher levels of exposure, signs and symptoms may progress to chest tightness, wheezing, dyspnea, and bronchospasm. Severe exposures may result in non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema, which may be delayed for several hours.
Ingestion: Since chlorine is a gas at room temperature, it is unlikely that a severe exposure will result from ingestion. However, ingestion of chlorine dissolved in water (e.g., sodium hypochlorite or household bleach) will cause corrosive tissue damage of the gastrointestinal tract.
Eye/Dermal Contact: Low level exposures to chlorine gas will cause eye and skin irritation. Higher exposures may result in severe chemical burns or ulcerations. Exposure to compressed liquid chlorine may cause frostbite of the skin and eyes.
Children may receive a larger dose than adults exposed to environments with the same levels of chlorine gas because they have greater lung surface area-to-body weight ratios and increased minute volumes-to-weight ratios. In addition, they may be exposed to higher levels than adults in the same location because of their shorter height and the higher levels of chlorine gas that may be found nearer the ground."
Ok, so we know that chlorine is a poison, and we know that it is present in our tap water... yet we continue to drink and cook with it and to serve it our children? That doesn't seem very intelligent does it.
So what is a person to do? A multi stage water filtration system installed in your home will eliminate Lead, Chlorine and the many other chemicals, contaminants, bacteria and prescription drugs which are proven to be present in your tap water. Pure Planet Waters offers affordable home water filtration systems. The systems are top of the line multi-stage systems which employ reverse osmosis or ultra fine filter technology to ensure absolutely pure clean water. Their systems are easily customizable. Water filtration is extremely cost effective, given that it not only provides cleaner tap water - but also provides cleaner water than that which you find in bottled water. Significantly cleaner, healthier water. Bottled water is in most cases just bottled municipal water with the added contaminant BPA introduced from the plastic bottle.
Water filtration is the only means to ensure pure water for you and your family... can you afford to take your chances with these toxins? If you are willing to gamble with your health... are you as willing to gamble with the health of your children?
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