Drinking Water News You Need: Fluoridation & Chlorine Burnout Continue To Raise Questions, Small Efforts Are Big Help Towards Solving The World Water Crisis and West Virginia Residents Reflect On How MCHM Contamination Impacted Pets

by Mike Yanke on April 15, 2014

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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Shirley April 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

While these are all great stories, when it comes down to the debate on whether or not fluoride is beneficial in any way, is outmatched by the harm is can and does cause, and should be removed with a water filter. Although many people believe it helps their teeth, until fluoride was introduced into the water, dental fluorosis never existed. Fluoride in it’s natural state is good and beneficial, but the stuff they add to the water is not just fluoride.

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