Common Contaminants Found in Residential Well Water
Well water can become contaminated without any change in the water’s taste, smell or appearance. The following are common contaminants found in residential wells throughout the United States:
- ARSENIC. This toxic element is found naturally in soil and bedrock, but occurs in particularly high levels in Northeast Wisconsin. Ingestion can lead to serious health problems.
- CHLORIDES. Small amounts of salt are natural. Higher levels are unnatural and may indicate a faulty water softener, road salt, septic waste or fertilizer contamination.
- COLIFORM BACTERIA. A natural part of the microbiology of soils, insects, and warm blooded animals, coliform bacteria is the primary indicator for the presence of disease-causing organisms in water.
- FLUORIDE. Found naturally in water but is also a chemical bi-product of refrigerator coolant. Can be toxic in excessive amounts and may stain teeth.
- HARDNESS. Interferes with cleaning tasks from laundering and dishwashing to bathing and personal grooming. Clothes laundered in hard water may look dingy and feel harsh and scratchy. Dishes and glasses may be spotted when dry. Hard water may cause a film on glass shower doors, shower walls, bathtubs, sinks, faucets, etc. Hair washed in hard water may feel sticky and look dull. These deposits also collect in household plumbing lines, water heaters and appliances, causing them to run less efficiently.
- HYDROGEN SULFIDE. A gas dissolved in water. It is easily detected by its rotten egg odor.
- IRON. Not considered hazardous to health, but when the level of iron in water exceeds the DNR 0.3 mg/l limit, we experience red, brown, or yellow staining of laundry, glassware, dishes and household. The water may also have a metallic taste and an offensive odor. Water system piping and fixtures can also become restricted or clogged.
- LEAD. Houses built before 1985 may contain lead pipes or lead-based solder. Lead can cause serious health problems in young children.
- MANGANESE. A metal found in rock, and does not occur naturally in pure form. Manganese will cause black staining and many times is accompanied by iron and hydrogen sulfide. Evidence of manganese staining is most prominently found in the dishwasher.
- NITRATES. Elevated levels can be an indication of contamination by farm chemicals, lawn fertilizers, or septic saturation. Nitrates can pose a serious health risk to infants.
- SULFATES. High levels of sulfates can cause odors, leave spots, taste bitter and have a temporary laxative effect.
PUR2o Teaming Up wit the Holistic Moms Network
Antonio, Mizar and and the rest of the PUR2o posse will be on the campus at Montclair State University coming up on October 25th at the Holistic Moms Network Natural Living Conference!
This event is an amazing way to connect with folks who make health and sustainable living a lifestyle choice.
It’s a great event where you will learn the importance of good health and healthy living for a lifetime.
See you there!
Power to Change
Anyone growing up in the 60 and 70s, thought twice about what may be in the drinking water.
We drank from the tap. Period.
No one really worried; while perhaps there were contaminants in the water supply, in no way does it compare with what’s in our water today – whether it’s municipal, well, spring and even bottled water.
Here’s an example.
When Mrs. McGillicutty down the street was diagnosed with cancer, NO ONE EVER said the word, “cancer”. We referred to cancer in whispers or as “the c-word”.
Cancer was not nearly as pervasive as it is today.
Why is that?
What is the common denominator?
Who doesn’t know someone diagnosed with cancer?
One conclusion: the environment we share. In the last 5-decades industrial pollution and contaminants have been dumped into our waterways, buried underground only to leach out later, and pumped into our skies.
In the end, everything ends up in the water.
Sadly many of us simply take for granted that the water delivered to our homes or coming from our private well is “safe”, after all if the government’s regulatory department tells us a certain level of chlorine, trihalomethanes, benzene, nitrogen and the list goes on, is okay to ingest then we should be okay.
It is NOT okay!
We ALL have to worry about the dozens of unregulated chemicals in public water supplies, wells and underground springs with unknown impacts on human health. We have a a unique Regrettably, it’s now a foregone conclusion as hundreds of chemicals have been developed in the last 50-years, most of them posing a hazard to our health.
Because of chemicals in our air, food and water, our children are growing up with unintended consequences because generations before them were and perhaps even a bit self-centered and self-serving.
There is a bit of good news. You CAN protect your family from contaminants in water. PUR2o offers a range of water filtration and purification systems to rid your drinking water of everything which simply put, should not be in there! Do what you can for you and your family and when you can, help others and our planet.
Long Island Drinking Water
Whether folks live on the North Shore, the South Shore or out on the twin forks, municipal and well water on Long Island leave a lot to be desired.
PUR2o continues working to educate families and business owners about ways to improve the quality of their drinking water and to promote “safe and healthy ” water .
Water for Life. Health. Wellness.
PUR2o absolutely ROCKED the Live Green Toronto 2014!
What an AMAZING day!
Given we had such short deadline, we could not have done it without the help of quite a few people…
First, thank you Sheldon Miller of Benaco Sales in Toronto for providing us with the perfect stainless steel, restaurant prep table from which we built the water station.
Thanks as well to the talents of Jeff Fant, Mike Vaughan, DJ and the “I need it NOW” printer at Inflate Co. who put together the graphics and all the marketing materials AND got them all from their HQ in California to us at PUR2o in New Jersey inside of 4-DAYS and in time for us to load the truck for the trip north of the border!
Many thanks to Jimmy Rueter at Ferguson who also did the seemingly impossible managing to find and get 6 glass filler faucets to us, again from the west coast to the east coast in time!
A HUGE thank you to Brian Dorsey from the Toronto Water Department and Kyle Leetham with Live Green Toronto, who scrambled … and I mean pulled out all the stops and SCRAMBLED … to get us hooked up to the fire hydrant. Without them we had NO WAY to get water for the filtration station.
Let there be WATER … and thanks to these two gentlemen, Kyle Leetham with Live Green Toronto and Brian Dorsey with Toronto Water, Antonio was able to hook the PUR2o System up to the fire hydrant.
And course, thank you to the Boys & Belinda! Alessandro, Mauro, Andrea & Belinda who all rose to the occasion, pitching in to make the day a total success!
And a BONUS picture …of me and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
The boys … all Torontonians … and I were having dinner at an Italian restaurant, sitting at a table outside.
You’d think the guys from Toronto would recognize their own mayor – BUT NO!. It was the “chick” from New Jersey (that would be me) who spied him walking on the side walk.
Too bad the picture is blurry – I need a new photographer!
Thank you Will James of NEWSDAY for this terrific news!
Officials in Suffolk County, New York are considering a ban on those insidious plastic bags used at check-out counters in stores all across the East End of Long Island … and just about every else all around the world!
This is great news for all of PUR2o’s clients in East Hampton, Southampton, Riverhead, Southold, Shelter Island and all across Suffolk County.
Those thin, single-use plastic bags, those commonly used to tote groceries, linger for centuries and often end up in the ocean. And we know what often happens than, they can kill animals, such as whales and other marine life, that ingest them.
Plus they end up lettering our waterways, beaches, parks, highways, the list goes on and heck, we’ve even seem them in trees! BLECH!
Let’s make this happen!
Mizar hits the airwaves again with Hunterdon County Radio‘s
“Food for Thought” host Deirdre Anderson and Mizar met several years ago while doing a commercial for a silly little item used to scrape dead skin off the bottom of feet. Ick! – and really something that does not belong in a chat about good food and water. So – we move on!
Deirdre invited Mizar to join her and co-host Annie Kanter-Hersch to talk about food – a favorite subject AND to discuss the importance of safe and healthy water … which is just as important when using water to cook …another favorite subject! Deirdre knows a thing or two about healthy eating; she owns “D’lish Catering” where she creates and cooks up amazing spreads for any occasion. In fact, Deirdre will be catering PUR2o’s Networking Event: For the Love of Food coming up April 10.
Never missing an opportunity to spread the word about how important safe and HEALTHY drinking and cooking water really is, Mizar was interviewed on Hunterdon County Radio.
The show, Food For Thought with Deirdre Anderson highlights good and healthy food, recipes, restaurants, cookbooks, etc and of course, being that water is a part of just about EVERY preparation, it’s a must to use good, clean, safe and healthy water! Co-host Annie spoke about her sister who buys and drinks only alkaline water in PLASTIC (ick) bottles. That can get very expensive when installing a PUR2o/RO System with the PH Boost & Ionizing end stage component will do a much better job AND safe a lot of money!
For the Love of Water
Of course Mizar did not fail to mention the “For the Love of Water” Networking Event coming up in Morristown, NJ on April 10.
If there are any nutritionists, wellness/integrative practitioners, green home consultants and the like, who would like to join the event, just call:
PUR2o at 1-888-393-1828 to RSVP by April 1.
To hear more Food for Thought, download the free app on your smartphone and listen on your lunch hour at www.hunterdonchamberradio.com