Toxic Thursdays-Toxins in Water

12 Jan

Toxins in the Water

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If this is the first Toxic Thursday post you have read, check out the posts on shampoolotionsbody washmercury levels in fish and food preservatives.  Each Thursday, I highlight a potential source of toxins in our everyday lives, explain what health risks the potential toxins have been linked to and suggest healthier, safer alternatives.  For the next few weeks, we are going to talk about toxins in our water supply.  

Today we will talk about what toxins are in our waters.

What toxins may be in my water?

You can find out what toxins have been documented in your city’s water here.  For example, I live in Charleston, SC and I am supplied by the city’s main water system.  Contaminants in my water that have been over the health guidelines (and that’s another topic) have included total acetic acids, trihalomethanes, dibromochloromethane and lead.  Even though these were found to be over the health limit, they were still under the legal limit (a little scary).  Other contaminants have included: chloroform, trichloroacetic acid, nitrate and copper.

Some toxins that aren’t over the health limit in Charleston’s water but that have been detected in waters across the country:

  • Insecticides and herbicides
  • Petroleum hydrocarbons, including fuels
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs)
  • Chemical compounds found in personal hygiene and cosmetic products (medicine)
  • Ammonia from food processing waste
  • Fertilizerscontaining nitrates and phosphates

Why are these toxins in my water?

I have broken down the toxins into categories and described why they may be in our water supplies.

  • Microorganism– human and animal waste or normal environmental microbes
  • Disinfectants by-products– bromite, chlorite, haloacetic acids and trihalomethanes
  • Disinfectants– chlormaines, chlorine and chlorine dioxide used to control microbe growth
  • Inorganic and organic contaminants-due to things such as herbicide run off and discharge from chemical factories
  • Radionucleotides– due to erosion of natural products

Still to come….

In the few weeks, we will talk about the potentially harmful effects of these toxins and ways to eliminate them from our drinking supply.

Question?

What toxins are in your city’s water?  Which toxins in water do you believe pose the greatest health risks?

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6 Responses to “Toxic Thursdays-Toxins in Water”

  1. Corinne @ RI Nutrition Housecalls January 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    This is a topic that I am very interested in! There were 4 contaminants in my water that exceeded health limits. We use a berkey filter but I always wonder how effective they are. I have spent hours researching water filters because I would like to get a really good one, preferably for the whole house. There are tons of water filters out there but how do you know they actually do what they say they do?

    • naturallyhealthyandgorgeous January 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      It’s frustrating how few resources there are to help us choose a good water filter. I have the Pur water filter at home and it’s supposed to remove even medical by products. However, I can’t find any unbiased sources proving exactly what it removes. I plan on discussing all available water filters in a future post.

  2. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    I’m so interested in toxic water conversations! It scares the living heck out of me, but needs to be communicated to everyone! We made the switch to reverse osmosis water a couple of years ago to try to avoid a lot of these but are finding now that we’re not getting enough minerals so I’m looking into alkalized water to bring some of them back. Can’t wait for your follow-up post on this and your thoughts on filtration!

    • naturallyhealthyandgorgeous January 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      Thanks for commenting! It’s wonderful to see people are interested in this topic (especially someone as influential as you with your well followed blog)! The only way we will ever elicit change on a large scale is if we start to get people talking and demanding a better water supply!

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