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How Safe Is Drinking Tap Water from Water Filters?
Health Alkaline ^ | Health Alkaline

Posted on 02/13/2013 8:23:39 PM PST by truthnomatterwhat

How safe is your tap drinking water? it’s possible pesticides or contaminants could be flowing from your faucet.

Public water systems, tap waters are tested and regulated by the government. By law, municipalities have to test the water and report to consumers once a year. They can test once a year, four times a year, sometimes less. They test for 90 contaminants like copper, arsenic, lead. There is a report that tells you what’s in the water and if it’s dangerous. But they average the results. So if you live in an agricultural area, pesticides in the water spike in the spring because those results don’t show up in your water report.

There are many contaminants, and many of them the government doesn’t perform safety tests on. We think they should test for more than they are.

Good Housekeeping tested some of the filtration devices out there that people are using. Here’s how they did the study?

They paired up with the lab for emerging contaminants at the university of Arizona. With the Good Housekeeping research institute they tested refrigerator water filters and tabletop water filters to see how they filter out the most prevalent of untested contaminants.

There's more at: How Safe Is Drinking Tap Water from Water Filters? http://www.healthalkaline.com/waternews/how-safe-is-drinking-tap-water-from-water-filters/#ixzz2KqLuLWjg

(Excerpt) Read more at healthalkaline.com ...


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: drinkingwater; homewaterfilters; tapwater; waterfilters

1 posted on 02/13/2013 8:23:49 PM PST by truthnomatterwhat
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To: truthnomatterwhat

I’ve heard that for Marco Rubio, it’s fatal.


2 posted on 02/13/2013 8:27:18 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

SFL here. And untreated tap water is green from decaying organic matter.

I have a 3-stage filter under my sink. In each filter I have a different type of filter to hopefully cover all the bases. The water coming out is crystal clear.


3 posted on 02/13/2013 8:35:40 PM PST by bicyclerepair (Zombies Eat Brains. Half of FL is safe.)
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To: truthnomatterwhat

What a useless article.


4 posted on 02/13/2013 8:37:04 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: bicyclerepair

I remember visiting relatives in Gary, IN when I was a kid. The water was so malodorous (sulfur) it made me sick. What a foul stench — you had to hold your nose to get it down. Amazing I still remember that after about 53 years. I don’t think there’s a filter on the market that could make that stuff palatable.


5 posted on 02/13/2013 8:40:48 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: truthnomatterwhat

I was watching a man take a sample of water from a hydrant way up in the mountains at a retreat. He asked me if I would help him turn something. Anyway he took the sample.

I asked him what was the safe limit on certain organisms. He told me then I asked him what our water rated. He said it contained zero pollutants of any kind.

I had always thought their water was great and apparently it was.

There was a creek flowing out of the mountains onto the retreat’s property. I asked him what it contained and he said it had a fair amount of bacteria. He said he would not ordinarily drink from it but if he had been hunting all day and was really thirsty, he would go ahead and drink it and not really worry.


6 posted on 02/13/2013 8:47:28 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: bicyclerepair

“SFL here. And untreated tap water is green from decaying organic matter. I have a 3-stage filter under my sink. In each filter I have a different type of filter to hopefully cover all the bases. The water coming out is crystal clear.”

Years ago someone I worked with told me filters are worthless if I wanted pure water. He turned me onto a countertop distiller and we have never looked back. You should see the residue in the bottom after distilling water that I have run through a filter system. Just bought another one, the first one burnt up after 6 years. Only 119.00 and in 4 hours you have a gallon of pure distilled water. They estimate about .11 cents a gallon in electricity usage.You can taste the difference. It takes up about as much room as a toaster.


7 posted on 02/13/2013 9:01:41 PM PST by selfdefense
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To: truthnomatterwhat
By law, municipalities have to test the water and report to consumers once a year Some years ago when we built our new house, our town, as a routine part of the permit-approval process, asked if we would help with its water-testing each year - they provided an empty bottle once a year, and we filled the bottle from the kitchen tap first thing in the morning, after not using the tap for at least eight hours - eventually we would get a written report back on the quality of the water, alwasy well within drinkable standards - this went along fine for several years, until it became impossible for us to participate anymore (I think my daughter graduated college and got a job which meant she was up and using the sink before the required time had elapsed) - that year when the sample bottle arrived, I placed it back on the porch empty, with a note saying we wouldn't be participating again - sure enough, about a month later we got a fine written report on our water (non) sample, saying all was well - I called the water department about this strange event, and of course got a runaround about how the lab must have mixed up the samples - so much for municiple water tests......
8 posted on 02/13/2013 9:07:35 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: truthnomatterwhat

pur 3-stage filters on the tap work well. they do remove stuff well as they get to a point of needing replacement, and that’s with a pretty good water to start with. pur always outperforms brita. reverse osmosis generally beats pur.


9 posted on 02/13/2013 9:31:38 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I have a similar memory...only it was about 30 miles south of Seattle....my Girl Scout Leader’s house....they kept the water in a pitcher in the fridge to make it palatable.


10 posted on 02/13/2013 10:01:01 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: bicyclerepair
We have a 3 stage also and a RO on top of that. Wife still insists on boiling the water to remove any left-in chemicals.
We get the filters changed every 3 months or so. Water tested after to check results.
As to the local testing by the 'Water Department'...when I lived in Huntington Beach we could take samples of tap water to the Water Department anytime and they would run a full screen on it.

I was a home brewer and so was the chief of the Water Department. We had some mighty fine water there!

Tap water is one thing, but most people don't think about their shower water. The skin is the bodies largest organ and it absorbs whatever is in your water.
Shower filter anyone?
11 posted on 02/13/2013 10:04:21 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: yarddog

“I was watching a man take a sample of water from a hydrant way up in the mountains at a retreat.”

I forget the town, but it is in the foothills north of Seattle. Some bottling company in Seattle uses their water to sell as “Pure Mountain Spring Water”.

Their truck pulls it from the little town’s hydrant and heads back to the bottling plant!


12 posted on 02/13/2013 10:10:38 PM PST by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: truthnomatterwhat

i’ll take mine straight out of the tap, all those things are good for you, keeps your immune system on ready alert! Last time I was sick was 67 years ago when I had the measles.


13 posted on 02/13/2013 10:19:36 PM PST by dalereed
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I don’t think there’s a filter on the market that could make that stuff palatable.

Not being sarcastic, Schuylkill River water is treated by reverse osmosis to provide Philadelpia's drinking water.

http://acereport.org/downloads/Download_06.pdf

Makes one wonder ---

14 posted on 02/13/2013 10:43:23 PM PST by imardmd1
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To: truthnomatterwhat
Not everything dissolved in water is deleterious: horse farms are concentrated around Lexington, Kentucky because the calcium in the water helps build horse bones.

Maybe there are some slack towns that test their water 4 times a year, but for cities of any size, I'm certain they do chemical and microbial testing all year. It would be not wonderful if 500,000 people got sick from tap water.

Private labs doing water testing are another story. I worked at one (briefly) that cut corners, used improper equipment, improper procedures, and generated useless results.

I drink tap water every day.
15 posted on 02/13/2013 10:47:59 PM PST by Nepeta
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In colonial times, it was all whiskey and beer, as the water was not safe to drink. I say we go all colonial.


16 posted on 02/14/2013 12:09:41 AM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

That would be the Lead and Copper test. It’s more of a test to see how the water reacts with your pipes and fixtures. If the water is acidic, it can leach pb and cu from the plumbing. I doubt that you have lead solder joints. Fixtures seem to be more of a problem. We add a small amount of phosphate to our water to adjust the ph, Always let the water run for a few seconds to clear out the water that has been sitting in the fixture. Do this for yourself, and for you pets.


17 posted on 02/14/2013 3:38:48 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

That foul odor is actually caused by a harmless (iron oxidizing) bacteria that lives in sandstone and produces that sulfur smell (sulfur dioxide I believe) as a biproduct.

We have it here in Southern Illinois too and a simple inline carbon filter takes care of the problem nicely.


18 posted on 02/14/2013 4:47:00 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: Tainan
The skin is the bodies largest organ and it absorbs whatever is in your water.

I think this is an often made but incorrect statement.

How many times have you read that skin absorbs 60% of whatever is applied to it? Yet there is no evidence to support this figure. In practise, the skin will absorb anything from 0% to 100% of whatever contacts it but in general the primary function of the skin is to act as a barrier that prevents the intrusion of external materials. Cosmetic companies actually have to work hard to develop formulations that can be absorbed into the skin to deliver all the benefits the consumer expects. - http://www.thefactsabout.co.uk/content.asp?menuid=32&submenuid=117&pageid=117&menuname=How+do+moisturisers+work%3F&menu=sub

Also see: http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/5415/are-minerals-chemicals-absorbed-through-your-skin-during-bathing

http://www.survivalistboards.com/showpost.php?p=5052498&postcount=27

http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/gen06/gen06003.htm

19 posted on 02/17/2013 3:13:35 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: daniel1212
I'm gonna have to go with my initial statement...Is the skin the largest human organ?

Now I will agree that there are a number of factors that come into play when accounting for absorption and permerability of the skin. And yes, cosmetics, as well as topical ointments, salves and such do require a carrier that assists in penetration of the top layers. This is also a factor in where the item is to penetrate, i.e., topical delivery or deeper as for muscle and joint items. Aloe vera is one of the best. It just needs a good preservative to keep it from going old too quickly...longer shelf and usage life.

But as far as the skin absorbing pollutants or undesirable items in water via the shower, lets just use simple logic and consider it a valid point.
Now go rub some garlic on you palms and see how long it takes you to become..."fully fragrant"...;)
20 posted on 02/17/2013 9:14:57 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: selfdefense
If it works for you, go with it. However,here's just one source of many out there that indicates that distilled water may have some negative health effects. Granted, distilling water will remove a lot of contaminants, but it also removes a lot of naturally occurring minerals, with the result that distilled water only can leach minerals from, and drop the pH of, the body.
21 posted on 02/17/2013 9:29:41 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Tainan

> “Aloe vera is one of the best. It just needs a good preservative to keep it from going old too quickly...longer shelf and usage life.” <<

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Preservative?

Cut piece of frond off of plant, rub on. The preservative (magnesium stearate) is toxic.


22 posted on 02/17/2013 9:30:08 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: dalereed

Aluminum fluorosilicate is good for you?

If you want Alzheimers, and broken, yellow teeth perhaps...


23 posted on 02/17/2013 9:38:21 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: ansel12

About as useless...as the following posts.


24 posted on 02/17/2013 10:35:39 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LAVE)
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To: editor-surveyor
Vitamin E (natural form) is used for preservation of items such as aloe vera gel items for topical application.
I was referencing a commercial usage of aloe vera gel as a skin penetrant or carrier for other herbs or ointments.
As part of a formula.
25 posted on 02/18/2013 12:19:25 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Joe 6-pack

To #21 Thanks for the source. Read it before. Everyone has an opinion.

And another Doctor:
“Now as to the argument that distilled water leaches out minerals. This is true, and this is exactly what we want it to do. The minerals it leaches out are of the unusable, ionic form and we want these to leave the body rather than be deposited and cause disease. Distilled water does not leach out significant amounts of biologically available minerals because these are quickly taken up by the body on an as needed basis.


26 posted on 02/18/2013 6:10:06 AM PST by selfdefense
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To: Tainan
I'm gonna have to go with my initial statement...Is the skin the largest human organ?

It was not the first part that was extreme by the second,

and it absorbs whatever is in your water.

"Whatever" is more than what is warranted.

But thanks for the light it provided.

27 posted on 02/21/2013 7:02:20 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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