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Bottled Water Facts & The Truth Behind

Why People Drink Bottled Water? There are several reasons people often choose bottled over tap water. The first is taste. Tap water is disinfected with chlorine in most locations within the US. Chlorine often causes taste issues which many people do not like. Bottled drink, on the other hand, is most often disinfected with ozone, which does not leave any after-taste. Another reason is people often believe that purified bottled water is simply cleaner than tap water. For most major bottled water [...]

Message from U.N. secretary-general on World Water Day 2015

NEW YORK — In preparation of the adoption of a new post-2015 sustainable development agenda for the U.N. in September, World Water Day 2015 addresses the vital role of water, according to a message from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “We rely on water for public health and equitable process,” said Ban Ki-moon in the World Water Day message. “It is essential for food and energy security, and it underpins the functioning of industries." Ban Ki-moon continues in the message that climate [...]

How Water Affects Beer Brewing…

Water quality is very important for a good tasting beer since water comprises more than 90 percent of total mass. There are certain drinkingwater standards that regulate the maximum allowable concetration of bacteria and metals in safe drinking water. It is essential to know that water used for brewing does not have metals, chlorine or biological contaminations, since they can cause flavor defects in beer. Ions that contribute to beer taste are calcium, magnesium bicarbonate, sulfate sodium and chloride. [...]

Drinking Water Guidelines…

Bottled Water: Drink filtered tap water instead. You can read the bottle label, but you still won’t know if the water is pure and natural, or just processed, polluted, packaged tap water. EWG found 38 contaminants in 10 popular brands. Tap Water: Learn what’s in it. Tap water suppliers publish all their water quality tests. Bottled water companies don’t. Read your annual tap water quality report. Look up your city’s water in EWG’s National Tap Water Atlas (www.ewg.org/tap-water). (Private well? [...]

Our Water Footprint…

ou’ve heard all about your carbon footprint, but do you ever think about your water footprint? Everything you touch uses water in the manufacturing process; this hidden water is called “virtual water,” and, says Stephen Leahy in Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products, "each of us uses far more virtual water than the 'regular' water we can see, feel and taste." On average, Americans use 100 gallons of regular water [...]

Facts About Our Drinking Water….

Here's a few facts relating to our drinking water through the years: 1854: Physician John Snow's investigation into a cholera outbreak in London links its spread to drinking water.  This served as proof that it could carry disease.  Such discoveries drove improvements in drinking and wastewater systems. 1890: Use of chlorine to treat water becomes commonplace in municipal systems in England.  This practice comes to America in 1908 via Chicago and Jersey City, N.J.  Widely used today, it's now regulated by [...]

Stay Hydrated in this California Heat…

Dehydration, which occurs when the body has insufficient water and other fluids to function properly, can lead to blood clots, seizures, and other potentially fatal complications. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can have adverse effects on mood and energy. That’s why it’s so important to catch dehydration early on, but the signs aren’t always obvious ones like thirst and fatigue. Here are six surprising indicators that you might be dehydrated. 1. Bad breath. Saliva has antibacterial properties in it, but dehydration can [...]

Drought is causing Californians to steal water…

The ongoing water crisis in California has sparked an apparent crime wave in some parts of the state, with desperate residents illegally taking water from fire hydrants in the middle of the night to keep their lawns green and their animals happy. Reports indicate that, in some areas, as much as 10 percent of the water supply has gone missing, presumably due to theft, a premonition of much worse things to come if rains remain at bay.The city of [...]

Water….May Be Worth More Than Gold

Water is the essence of life. Humans are bound to this universal mandate as is any other form of life, but how we differ is our ability to control consumption and preserve what is perhaps the most precious gift that the universe has given us.If consumption continues as is, many predict that by 2020 water will be more valuable than gold. Even though 70 percent of the planet is covered in water, just 3 percent of it is fresh, and only [...]

Fluoride in the Northeast….

Some scary news for those in the Northeast -- the water you're drinking might be hurting your health.New data shows several communities in Maine and other New England states are drinking and using water with dangerously high levels of fluoride.The toxic substance, which is often used in pesticides, can cause bone damage and possibly even a decline in IQ.A Harvard Study in 2012 concluded that children who live in areas with high-fluoride water levels have significantly lower IQ scores.The areas cited in the [...]