“Clean water supports our very existence and connects us with every living thing on Earth.”
The quote above comes from Dr. Shelley Lynch, who along with her partner Roy Desjarlais, owns a massage and counseling practice near Palm Beach Gardens in Florida. Compelled to action by the reported loss of Floridian sea life due to water pollution over the last year – including 111 manatees, 46 dolphins and 300 birds – the couple organized the Float For Life in Fort Myers Beach last week.
As shown in the video above, the event attracted dozens of like-minded residents who sought to create the world’s biggest ‘human float’ in an effort to drive clean water awareness.
While the inaugural event was smaller than anticipated, Lynch is committed to making this a regular event wherever clean water awareness is needed.
“We want to float around the world,” she said. “Where ever there is an issue in the water.”
Learn more about this unique event in the video above or corresponding article.
In Other Drinking Water News:
Clean Water Access Key To Fighting Poverty Throughout World
“Each day, nearly 200 million hours are spent collecting water worldwide — that is enough people-hours to build more than 25 Empire State Buildings each day. With so many hours spent on water collection, it is little wonder that these regions struggle to pull themselves out of poverty,” writes John Hoffmire in the article above for Deseret News. Hoffmire cites the progress we have made in providing clean water access to those in need (thanks in no small part to the work of organizations including ClearWater Initiative, and one of our partners, charity: water) while acknowledging how much work remains. Fortunately, as the title of his article suggests, providing clean water access has the added benefit of solving issues with both worldwide poverty and global water shortages. Read more of Hoffmire’s insight in the article linked above.
How Much Arsenic Is Too Much Arsenic In Drinking Water?
A pair of stories over the last week indicated just how much disagreement can arise from something as seemingly straight-forward as filtering harmful contaminants from drinking water.
In this first story, Representative Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, shares his belief that reducing arsenic down to the EPA-required safe level of 10 parts per billion represents a financial hardship for many small towns.
“Communities across Idaho have struggled to meet the federal government’s arsenic standards and are often forced to make difficult, even impossible, budget decisions in order to do so,” writes Simpson.
“We never, ever question that cost is an issue,” shares Lynn Thorp, a senior policy specialist at Clean Water Action in a counterpoint. “But we could never concede that cost is a reason to lower drinking water standards.”
In Michigan, meanwhile, the EPA is requiring several water systems to treat drinking water to remove arsenic. The situation is growing a bit more severe, as a Freedom of Information Act request by Michigan Radio revealed that some sources of well water in the state have arsenic levels 28 times the federal standard.
The bottom-line with both stories is that arsenic remains a dangerous contaminant that must have its levels regulated in drinking water. Our hope is that governments and municipalities nationwide are able to find common ground when it comes to dealing with this issue.
For representatives from municipalities, schools or businesses in areas suffering from arsenic issues, I invite you to review our selection of industrial sized arsenic treatment systems, all of which may be special ordered through our online store or by calling 1-888-801-PURE (7873.)
Keep Dogs Hydrated During The Dog Days of Summer
As we continue to move through the hotter months of the year, keeping every member of your family hydrated is critical. This goes for both two-legged family members and four-legged family members, a pair of which can be seen above. Fortunately, Sherry Davis posted the article above to The Bakersfield Californian, sharing how to detect dehydration in your dog, and how to prevent it in the first place. All dog owners are directed to read the article above.
Over-Chlorination Poses Risks For Pregnant Women
From The Cape Cod Times, a warning has been issued by the Falmouth Board of Health sharing that two chemicals found in the area’s drinking water – trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids – present a risk of low birth weight and early deliveries when consumed by pregnant women in their first and second trimesters. Both chemicals are a byproduct of chlorination, a common water disinfection process in municipalities nationwide. The test results relate to a time period from last year, and Board of Health representatives share that water is no longer in violation. That said, pregnant women in the area – or in any area with over-chlorination issues – are instructed to drink water from a carbon filter (such as a Brita) and to employ the use of a chlorine-reducing shower filter to limit exposure to chlorinated vapors.
Colorado Mountain Climbers Raise Money For Clean Water
The Colorado 54, a new initiative by Second Mile Water Organization, is seeking to raise money by attempting something never before achieved – a simultaneous and communal climb of Colorado’s 54 peaks. To participate, climbers are asked to raise $500 in donations, or the cost of providing clean drinking water for two families in impoverished regions of Nicaragua. Our congratulations go out to the founders of this event and organization, and we invite you to participate or donate by visiting The Colorado 54 online.
Water Filtration Product of the Week: Shower Filter Systems
We’ve covered shower filters, one of our more popular product offerings, in this space several times before. We’ve even dedicated full posts to shower filters, sharing how they both take away the bad and the ugly from a good shower, to how no less than Dr. Oz advocates for their use as a hair loss preventative.
Shower filters are featured again today in response to the story from The Cape Cod Times above, sharing the dangers over-chlorination poses towards pregnant women. A good shower filter will significantly reduce chlorine from shower water, meaning it will be nearly absent from both the water and the vapors. For those with chlorine sensitivity, or those simply tired of exiting a shower with dry skin or split ends, this makes a shower filter a must-have in the home.
If you are looking for the right shower filter for your home, I encourage you to browse our online selection here, or call our customer service team for help at 1-888-801-PURE (7873.)
In addition to filters that fit into standard showers, we are also happy to offer a baby shower filter for new parents (pictured) that will fit onto a standard shower – in addition to most sinks.
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