We invite immediate family, friends, and anyone else that we know may be by themselves for the holidays. We have no stringent rules, but certainly will next year! Just kidding.
Within ten minutes of gathering around the table, one relative decided to talk about impeachment, local politics, and wanted to know what religion we all were and do we attend church? Well. I had to intervene without causing a major event. I asked for assistance with inside cooking projects. I gently explained that viewpoints differ, and certain subjects should never be discussed at the dinner table. Anything else, as long as it is respectful and nonjudgmental is allowed. Wow. I need to learn to watch what I say!
When I was able to join the guests at the table, she was waiting for me.
She wanted to know the purpose of my having a portable ice machine AND a spring water dispenser.
I explained that when I was purchasing my house, the mortgage company discovered that my home was part of a family group and that they were all on a community well. Obviously, the mortgage company was not going to allow that. Rather than lose the sale, the seller agreed to digging a separate well. At that time, I knew that I was not going to drink that water because I did not believe they dug the well deep enough. Further, I wanted to limit any additional chemicals to my body due to a compromised immune system
Over the last few years, we have had city water brought into the house. We keep the well for watering flowers on the property. The refrigerator has a filter and the ice is made with the filtered water from the refrigerator. But, if at all avoidable, I do not drink tap water from the faucet.
I never dreamed that my personal oddities would be such a topic of conversation. Everyone there explained to me that MY city water is some of the best drinking water in the country.
So I asked how did they come to that conclusion? Newspaper? News? Who told you? Have you done any research at all into what is in your drinking water?
When the day was done, I started researching to put together some important facts that everyone should pay attention to:
Your bottled water is protected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Whether or not your tap water provider meets mandatory guidelines is a vital piece of information to know. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a link on their comprehensive website that gives detailed information on compliance with environmental regulations for your water utility provider.
They are proactive and have proposed revisions to the existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) pending. The process can be extremely cost-prohibitive as well as time-intensive. There have been several revisions made since 1991. Hopefully, more stringent regulations will improve our drinking water safety for the future.
The original Lead and Copper Rule was implemented by the EPA in 1991 pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water Act.
According to Wikipedia:
“EPA has stated that the LCR has reduced exposure to lead “that can cause damage to brain, red blood cells, and kidneys, especially for young children and pregnant women.”
I am not going to get into what is required to treat heavy metal or lead poisoning in this article but suffice it to say, we need to eliminate ingestion of as many contaminants in our bodies as we can, always keeping in mind the cumulative effect within your own body over an extremely long period of time.
My main reason for not drinking my well water and now, my city water is simple. My house is over 50 years old. IT IS THE SAME PIPES!
The majority of contaminants leach into our drinking water through our pipes and plumbing fixtures.
If you have a water filtration system in place for your residence, remember the importance of maintenance such as scheduled filter changes, as well as physically cleaning your unit. Failure to do so can cause impurities to leach into your system, defeating the whole purpose of the unit.
Sadly, some of these contaminants range from lead to arsenic, uranium and radium. These are but a few.
Just because your water provider meets mandatory and legal standards, the contaminants can impact your overall health and wellness.
Throughout history, you find issues of community water contamination. Whether contamination occurs through agricultural leaching, human or animal waste, treatment and distribution or natural sources, you need to be aware and proactive regarding your community and your own personal health.
It is a common misconception to believe that water that you are paying for could be anything but safe. As long as it is clear, and no advisories are issued from your water provider to boil, many people think they are perfectly protected and safe.
Many of these contaminants are carcinogens.
Pair that with the fact that these impurities stay in our bodies (cumulative effects), it is so important to understand the correlation between drinking water and cancer.
In an article entitled “Drinking water and cancer”, published by NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), reports that the use of chlorine for water treatment and its by-products pose an increased risk of bladder and rectal cancer.
This same article addresses fluoridation also being under “great scrutiny”. I found numerous articles while researching this one. Several studies have been done on fluoridation and the impact on dental health. Because the regulations and standards do not change frequently, many dentists have changed their opinions regarding fluoridation. These physicians were only able to use the information that existed at that time when fluoridation first was implemented.
How do I personally test my water?
There are a couple of ways to accomplish this. If you suspect there is already a problem, you might want to have your own water sample tested by a private environmental laboratory. There will be a cost involved, so ask your questions up front.
There are several meters to choose from to test water contaminants. These meters are called TDS meters. TDS stands for total dissolved solids. Meters vary in price and accuracy, but will give you a guideline to use to determine if you need to take further action.
I had this article finished, until I went to YouTube and searched for videos about water contaminants. Imagine my surprise to find a video about holiday conversations and using a TDS meter! Further, this gentleman also wonders if his environment, drinking water or lifestyle contributed to his diagnosis of brain tumors. He is courageous and positive, and a pleasure to follow. I went back and watched many of his videos on his channel. I wish he and his wife a healthy and happy new year.