KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana
As municipal water supplies become more subject to spring contamination (think – snow runoff, decaying organic matter) you may hear more news stories using the phrase ‘chlorine burnout.’  So what exactly is chlorine burnout and what do you need to know about it?

Essentially, this refers simply to a system-wide flushing of chlorine through a city’s water system.  The story above from NBC affiliate KPLC in Louisiana provides a nice overview of ‘chlorine burnout’ and its potential side effects, including more prominent chlorine taste and odor.

While chemical smells and flavor associated with water filtration plant maintenance are largely harmless, you may not want to taste or smell chlorine as you re-hydrate.  If you are experiencing chlorine taste and odor in your drinking water, or if you would like to safeguard the quality of your drinking water against a scheduled chlorine burnout in your area, please feel free to call our customer service department at 1-888-801-PURE (7873) for home filtration options specific to chlorine taste and odor.

In Other Drinking Water News:

‘One Drop’ Makes A Difference All Across The WorldPathfinder Students Make Beads To Support Clean Water
In the last week, several news stories have helped share the value behind solving the world water crisis, one drop at a time.  First, Anita Casalina – co-founder of Billions Rising – published an article to The Huffington Post sharing more on the efforts of clean water warriors ranging from Segway founder Dean Kamen (whose most recent invention is the water purification device called the Slingshot) to actor Matt Damon (co-founder of Water.org.)

In another story, published by Livingston Daily, we meet seventh and eighth grade students from Pathfinder School in Hamburg Township, Michigan (pictured above) who participated in the Students Rebuild Water Challenge.  As part of this challenge, students created handmade beads from old magazines to support efforts to help bring clean drinking water to those in Africa.

Combined, these efforts illustrate how the collective efforts of every individual – from a seventh grader in Michigan to an Oscar-winning celebrity – are one small part of a solution that can help to solve our world’s clean water crisis for good.

Faith Smith - Water Fluoridation Science ProjectWater Fluoridation Testing Helps Fifth-Grader Win Top Prize At Science Fair
Thanks to The News & Advance in Lynchburg, VA for sharing this story on our Facebook page.  Within, you’ll learn more about fifth grader Faith Smith (pictured) who took top prize at an Amherst County science fair by testing the levels of fluoride in her community.  Our congratulations go out to Smith who has bravely dipped her toe in one of today’s more controversial water treatment issues.  (Read another recent water fluoridation story from the Amherst County area in last week’s Drinking Water News.)

Ruling in Favor of Clean Water Hailed In South Florida
A recent ruling by a federal judge found that the age-old practice of pumping water full of agri-contaminants into Lake Okeechobee went against the Clean Water Act.  The editorial above, from the Tampa Bay Times, offers praise for this decision which – in the words of the writer – “puts the water management district and the EPA on notice that their first obligation is to public health, not to agribusiness.”

Clean Water For HaitiVancouver Couple Brings Clean Water Relief to Haiti
“The Romans had plumbing.  The Romans had aqueducts. Haiti is not there yet.”  These words come from Chris Rolling, who along with his wife Leslie, are leading Clean Water For Haiti – a non-profit bringing low-tech water filters to those in need.  Read more about the mission of this couple from Vancouver in the article above.

Clark For Clean WaterWest Virginia Pet Owners Reflect On Drinking Water Concerns
Like others, we’ve extensively covered the impact of the recent MCHM chemical spill in West Virginia and what this meant to the safety of the drinking water depended on by so many.  But what has not been so heavily discussed is the impact this contamination had on the area’s four-legged residents.  In the article above, Dr. Patrick Mahaney shares the stories of pet owners that struggled to provide clean drinking water for their dogs, cats and more throughout this crisis.  If the thought of cats and dogs (like the dog pictured) going thirsty for days in a major American city is not enough to get us all to scrutinize the safety and treatment of our drinking water, sadly, perhaps nothing else will be.

Water Filtration Product of the Week: Fluoride Water Treatment

Aries Fluoride Removal Water FilterAs mentioned above, fluoridation is one of the more controversial topics when it comes to the treatment of our drinking water.  While endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA) as a critical element helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities, some residents are beginning to question whether this addition is truly safe.

Without weighing in too heavily on fluoridation, which has legitimate arguments on both sides, we can share that many do choose to filter all or most of the fluoride from their drinking water – and if this is a path you’ve chosen for your home or family – we have the filtration equipment you will need.

From the affordably priced fluoride filters pictured above that will fit into various whole house filtration system housings, to larger reverse osmosis systems from Pentek and Tier1, the products we offer will provide you with near complete control over what is or isn’t in your drinking water.

If you are looking for a fluoride water treatment solution for your home, please feel free to call our customer service department at 1-888-801-PURE (7873.)

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Chef Sarah Bogan - Clean Food AdvocateLast year, we were lucky enough to interview Chef Sarah Bogan of Whisking Apprentice – a culinary school dedicated to fighting obesity in America.  In addition to her work at the school, Bogan is working to launch the television series Surviving on Stamps, where she will help families on food stamps learn how to eat healthy on any budget.

We were lucky enough to see the first mini-episode this week and thought it would be a great time to revisit our interview with Sarah, below.  We encourage you to learn more about Sarah’s mission in the following post and to watch the first mini-episode of Surviving on Stamps here.

From all-organic groceries to efforts to ban massive sodas, the clean food movement seems destined to shape how the next generation of our culture eats its three-squares per day.  One obvious nag to this cultural shift, however, is that it oftentimes seems to skew against those with lower income.  All organic means a heftier price tag, after all.  Certainly more hefty than fast food and big gulps.  A less obvious nag, and hopefully I am not speaking too specifically on behalf of the water filters company I happily represent, is that clean water is too frequently a forgotten soldier in the battle for clean food.

Fortunately, we can turn to Chef Sarah Bogan, who is throwing her influence behind both issues.  Founder of Whisking Apprentice, a culinary school dedicated to fighting obesity in America, Bogan helps to teach everyone – including those of low income – how to cook nutritious, clean food for their entire families, regardless of budget.

I was lucky enough to speak to Chef Bogan about what inspired her to launch her business, her efforts to launch a TV version of her blog, S.O.S: Surviving on Stamps, and how clean food and clean water go hand-in-hand.  Throughout this post, I have also included images of some of the dishes that Chef Bogan teaches her students how to make at her one-of-a-kind culinary school:

You’ve founded Whisking Apprentice culinary school, designed to teach everyone to cook nutritious and delicious meals – regardless of income – without sacrificing taste.  Apart from a love of cooking, what inspired you to launch your business?

During college I realized cooking has become a lost art in the U.S. Few of my peers knew how to cook simple dishes, and their misconceptions about nutrition were troubling to me.

I saw a widespread need for education and decided to fill it with my culinary school for home cooks. The low-income aspect of my school stems from the fact that one in six Americans currently receive food stamps. Just a year ago, this number was one in seven!

Clean Food Shrimp Course

You are currently seeking funding for a TV version of your blog, S.O.S: Surviving On Food Stamps.   Would you please share a bit of an overview with our readers regarding what this program will entail week over week?

The purpose of the TV show is to teach people how to eat healthily on a tight budget. Each episode features a different family on food stamps struggling with malnutrition. In the majority of cases in the U.S., malnutrition results in obesity – a paradox many people do not realize.

My goal is to broadcast the show nationally on a non-cable channel so that people who cannot afford cable can still access the program. Throughout November I am raising funds on Indiegogo.com for the pilot episode. Once completed, I will submit the pilot to broadcasters already expressing interest. The more people who join in to help fight obesity, the healthier our nation will be.

While we have a ways to go in building awareness of the need to eat healthier foods, awareness does seem to be growing.
On the other hand, awareness of the need to drink and cook with clean water feels as though it’s a step behind.  Why do you feel this may be the case?

Because most water in the U.S. is fairly tasteless and does not contain diseases that will immediately kill us, people do not realize there are still harmful waterborne contaminants in the dirty water spewing from their tap.

Clean Food Cupcakes

A scientific analysis of tap water reveals all of the impurities. Meanwhile, a simple taste test between tap and filtered, clean water is enough to tell us there really is a difference that guaranteed is affecting our health.

As a chef that focuses on healthy food, how would you describe the connection between the importance of clean food and clean water?

The axiom “you are what you eat” is so true. The contaminates we intake, whether by eating processed foods or drinking unfiltered tap water, are making us sick.

Cooking healthy food with contaminated water is better than eating out, but not ideal. Most Americans address their health by focusing on the symptoms such as excessive fat or acne. We need to shift our focus to the root of the issue – what we put in our body – and that will shine through to our physical appearance.Instapure F-8C Water Faucet Filter System

What advice would you provide to someone that knows they need to eat or drink healthier, but are just unsure of where to start?

Beverages are easier to switch than foods, but both are necessary adjustments. The first step is to eliminate soft drinks and greatly reduce juices. Replace them with tea or a cup of coffee made from purified, clean water.  Start with a basic water filter to remove these avoidable toxins. [Ed. Recommendation: An InstaPure water faucet filter, like the model pictured above, is great basic and affordable water filter option.]

When it comes to clean food, a good rule of thumb is the less processed the better. Swap cereals with fresh eggs, powdered seasonings with herbs, bottled sauces with homemade versions. Avoid fast food. Instead, set aside a few hours to pre-prepare snacks or meals for the entire week. That way, when you are on-the-go you will not find yourself hungry and surrounded by tempting drive-throughs.

For quick and easy recipe ideas, visit SurvivingOnStamps.com. As always, feel free to contact me with questions – I have plenty of advice to share!

To help Chef Sarah Bogan ensure clean food and clean water are within reach of everyone, I encourage you to donate to her Indiegogo.com page to help make the S.O.S.: Surviving on Stamps TV show a reality.

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Drinking Water News You Need: Celebrate National Beer Day With Water, See The Latest Solutions Bringing Clean Drinking Water To Those In Need & Fluoridation Battle Rages On

April 7, 2014

Beer is 90% water.  The balance of its ingredients, specifically hops and barley, are at constant supply risk in the event of any water shortage.  And those water shortages are becoming more common.  As such, the beer and brewing industry has long been out-front on issues related to water sustainability. In honor of today being […]

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5 Reasons My Dog Drinks Filtered Water

April 3, 2014

[With all sorts of spring nasties seeping out there, it seemed like a good time to revisit the post below, to help ensure we provide the same clean drinking water to our four-legged family members that the rest of us enjoy! If you are looking for the best water filtration products to help ensure everyone […]

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Drinking Water News You Need: The Daily Show Takes on Fracking, Underwater Shots of Keira Knightley, A 12-Year Old Uses Legos To Bring Clean Water To Africa, and Well Water Contamination Warnings in Wisconsin

March 28, 2014

The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook “Because the average person doesn’t understand fracking, environmentalists are able to put ideas into people’s heads,” says Marita Noon, Executive Director of Energy Makes America Great, Inc. In the video above, The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi adds some much needed […]

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When Should Water Filtration Equipment Be Part Of Your Home Brew Equipment?

March 27, 2014

I’ve been a home brewer for going on seven years.  That’s my wife and I (and the back end of our dog) to the left. In that time, I’ve spoken with dozens of other home brewers about controlling what we can control, from external temperature (see photo), to fermentation temperature to airtight hop storage.  So […]

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Drinking Water News You Need: World Water Day ’14 Kicks Off, Reverse Osmosis Leads to 33% Reduction In Energy Costs and Indiana High Schoolers Team With The Thirst Project To Bring Clean Water To Millions

March 21, 2014

Tomorrow marks another World Water Day, a day of action by world leaders and the general public on behalf of the millions throughout the world without clean drinking water. Established in 1993, World Water Day initiatives have exploded in the past several years, supported and amplified in large part by social media.  [In fact, if […]

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What Is The Effect Of Cold Temperatures On Whole House Water Filtration Systems?

March 20, 2014

The city of Zumbrota will NOT be responsible for water services that freeze after February 26th. In order to prevent service freeze-up, every Zumbrota water customer is urged to take the temperature of their water and continue monitoring it for the next TWO MONTHS. If your water temperature gets below 40 degrees, you should immediately start running […]

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Drinking Water News You Need: ‘Green Water & Clean Coffee’ St. Patrick’s Day Edition

March 17, 2014

“In sub-Saharan Africa, it’s estimated that more than a billion people lack clean water to drink, causing illnesses that ripple through the African continent.” Water shortages in Africa, unfortunately, are not anything new.  But with a tragedy of this scale come several silver linings as companies and organizations partner to do the work or create […]

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3 Steps To Keep Your Cabin’s Drinking Water Drinkable

March 13, 2014

Cabin getaways are those times where you can spend all day asking yourself truly important questions like, “how many fish will I catch today?” or “doesn’t this flower smell good?”  But unfortunately, more stressful questions can seep into our minds like “why does my water smell funny?” or “is my cabin’s drinking water OK to […]

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