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Topsail Voice Editorial
County Water - Do we drink it?
January 24, 2007

No more rust problems or rotten egg smell.  That's great, but with all coastal
municipal water systems there are other problems to consider.  After all, the new
water just comes from another well.

First of all, it is still hard water and in need of softening.  But after salt softening,
don't drink it, yet -- your tap water will have high sodium content.

Second, the water has been chlorinated, by law, like all public water systems.  
Do you notice dry skin?  Chlorine and chlorinated by-products are highly
carcinogenic and are absorbed through your skin more readily, even more so
than by drinking it.  Still, I won't drink it.

Third, the majority of nitrates and nitites in drinking water result from fertilizer
and feedlot influences.  High levels of these contaminants can have negative
effects on a person, while even any level of these contaminants are of greatest
impact to infants and have been know to cause blue baby syndrome.  These
pollutants are oderless and tasteless and are normally found in farming and
feedlot areas similar to the area in which our water now comes from -- Wallace,

Although all of the contaminants are below the maximum levels the EPA deems
acceptable (which are frequently changing), some filters are prone to dumping --
that is, the filters fill up with contaminants and dump a large quantity of the
contaminant into your water.  I would consider some other contaminants found at
certain levels in the water, such as radioactive alpha emitters, arsenic, cyanide,
lead, and mercury, although meeting EPA standards, would require additional
research for my own health risk.

What's the solution?  For washing & showers, a whole house carbon-block filter
(20" x 4") to remove chlorine and other by-products.  For drinking, an under the
sink reverse osmosis (R.O.) unit will eliminate 95% of the contaminants, including
the sodium from water softening.  Or go for the safest way -- good, dependable
bottled water.

I recommend asking questions and researching what will be affecting you and
your household!  Start your research today at www.thewaterjug.net and feel free
to contact us with any questions.


Russ Tatum
The Water Jug