Was a recent boil water alert too little, too late for Wake Forest residents? That’s what some are suggesting in the video linked to from the image to the left.
As reported by ABC 11 News in Raleigh, residents living near an area where recent work was conducted on water lines described feelings of sickness and nausea, soon after they noticed a funny taste in their water. Most alarmingly, this sickness also spread to both dogs that drank the tap water and babies that had tap water used in their formula.
What can be learned from this story, most prominently, is that your sense of taste and smell are your primary defense against any drinking water issues – rather than any alerts from cities or municipalities. Bottom-line, if your water tastes funny, especially if you notice work being done on a water line in your area (another big red flag that water contamination may be present) either ensure your water is boiled prior to use or filtered through a system certified to reduce bacteria.
For those in the Wake Forest area, or any other area that has recently experienced a boil water alert, please note that the CDC recommends changing your filters after any such incident. Find the water filters you need either by visiting our online store or calling our customer service team at 1-888-801-PURE (7873.)
In Other Drinking Water News:
MCHM No Longer Detected in West Virginia After Filter Change
Several months after a spill of MCHM led to an unprecedented water contamination incident that impacted more than 300,000 West Virginia residents, officials are now saying that no trace of the chemical can detected in the region’s water. In a news release quoted by WSAZ, West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre committed his company’s pledge to bring back consumer confidence in the water treated by his company. Our hope is that this is the last such reporting that will be necessary on this tragic incident.
Need For Well Water Testing Critical – Especially In Flood Struck Regions
Last week, Bob Broz, a University of Missouri water quality specialist, reiterated in an interview posted by The Rolla Daily News how critically important it is for well water users to regularly test their water. “Bacteria is one of those things that is easy to control, but it is something you need to check for,” Broz said. “The best time to test a well for bacteria is in late spring or early summer during wet weather.”
That brings us to another story on the importance of well water testing, published by the Northland News Center. This story details how heavy rains in our home state of Minnesota are behind contaminant heavy run-off that is infiltrating several private wells.
If you are a well water user, we recommend testing at least twice yearly, usually in the spring and fall. That said, water should be tested again during times of heavy rain – as recommended above – or whenever taste or odor feels ‘off.’
Please see the bottom of this page for links to the water test kits available on our site. We also encourage you to read this post, sharing more details regarding how often you should be changing your well water filter.
Algae Blooms Blamed For Foul Smell, Subject To Control By Congress
Algae blooms, dangerously rapid growths of algal plants, are once again receiving significant news coverage, as is common during the summer months when they start to spread. In South Carolina, algae is being blamed for unpleasant taste and odor in the water served by the Anderson Regional Joint Water System. This story, published by The State, represents just one of many you are sure to read in the coming months.
Fortunately, leaders in Congress are striving to improve the situation, as reported by WGCU, the NPR news affiliate in Southwest Florida. In this story, US Senator Bill Nelson urges the passing of a bill that would provide $82 million to research and combat harmful algal blooms.
As algae blooms continue to spread each summer, impacting the quality and safety of our drinking water, this is the type of bill that we would encourage our readers to support.
Water Resources Reform Bill Signed Into Law
Last week, President Obama took a major step forward in helping to improve water quality in our country by signing into law the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), reports Waterworld. This $12.3 billion package reauthorizes flood control projects while significantly overhauling the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), in part, to incentivize investments in sustainable business practices. We join the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) in commending the passage of this bipartisan legislation.
98% Removal of Radon From Drinking Water May Be Possible
As reported above, Microfiltration specialist ItN Nanovation AG has developed a process that may remove up to 98% of harmful radon from water supplies, easily surpassing the ability of conventional techniques. Per the company, a newly developed combination of chemical process and ceramic filtration could increase water quality, reduce the costs associated with water plant construction and render more complex filtration processes like reverse osmosis unnecessary.
Oklahoma Mom To Run More Than 100 Miles For Clean Water
This week, Katie Russell will be running four marathons in four days – a total distance of 105.6 miles – to raise awareness for Water4, an organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water and technology to those in need. You can read more about the inspiring story driving Russell in the story above and donate to her cause on the Water4 website.
Water Filtration Product of the Week: Drinking Water Test Kits
As detailed above, heavy rains throughout several parts of the country are leading to contaminant rich run-off seeping into private wells, putting those that depend on these wells at significant health risk. Also detailed above is a story from Wake Forest where residents describe an ‘off’ flavor to their water that preceded nausea and sickness.
Both stories highlight the importance of testing your drinking water regularly if you are a well water user and when needed if you are a municipal user (ie if something tastes ‘off.’)
DIY kits offered on our site are affordable, typically less than $30, and can provide a strong indication as to whether a professional or a rep from your water department should be called in to take a closer look. We are also happy to offer several professional lab kits that come complete with professional testing services and a test kit designed for use by water treatment dealers.
If you feel as though your water needs to be tested, whether you use municipal or well water, I encourage you to call our customer service team to ensure you get the test most suited for your needs. You can reach our team at 1-888-801-PURE (7873.)
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