3 things I learned in this issue:
For many of us, springtime means water. And that water carries varying connotations for different people. For example, melting in the northern states can lead to flooding in southern states. For others, such as those in the western states, springtime water is welcomed from the melting Rocky-Mountain snowpack to fill dry reservoirs. Spring rains bring life to the fields and flowers that surround us all.
But we often forget that without the winter thaw each year, our drinking water would be negatively affected. In fact, most of us take our drinking water for granted—at least until a disaster occurs and we realize how dependent we are on treatment plants to ensure that we have access to clean drinking water. Unfortunately, the water crisis that recently affected Flint, Michigan, could be closer to reality than we think for many cities and towns across our country. Many municipalities in the United States depend on pre-World War II water delivery and filtration systems that include leaky pipes, outdated processing plants, and systems based on old-fashioned water treatment that was designed only to filter the water for specific contaminants. The truth is, many of these plants do little to eliminate fertilizers, chemical pollutants, phamaceutical residues, or even arsenic.
Our water is polluted for many reasons, such as agricultural and storm-sewer runoff. The pesticides we use in farming and on our lawns result in chemical accumulations in our drinking water. We further contribute to water contamination when we improperly discard personal care products, household chemicals, and even animal waste from pets. Even transportation systems can leak fuels, oils, and lubricants into the drinking water supply. In addition, sanitary sewer systems can leak contaminants, and don’t even get me started on industrial pollutants or accidental discharges.
Other chemicals, such as fluoride and chlorine, are intentionally added to the water to either improve our dental health (visit naturalsolutionsmag.com for an eye-opening article on water fluoridation) or to process bacteria in the water. We install water softeners and filters in our homes to make water more usable, and many people rely on bottled water (which creates more pollution and other environmental issues). Check out our feature on water in this issue of Natural Solutions and see how safe your water really is.
We can’t live without clean water. We need to be effective stewards of the environment, which not only means being careful about what we put into our water, but also conserving the water we have. So next time you discard a household product down the drain, or purchase that fertilizer product for your yard, please read the label and dispose or apply the product properly. As the old saying goes, “What goes around, comes around.” The issue of safe, clean drinking water fits those words perfectly.
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Eating just 20 grams of protein at breakfast (one egg) will keep you full longer and help build muscle mass.
So many issues with drinking water- check out pages 45 and 46.