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CDC drinking water report blames hundreds of illnesses in several states.

Be aware!

Drinking water associated disease outbreaks from 2013-14 caused by 42 infectious pathogens were reported by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention in two new reports. These outbreaks led to at least 1,006 cases of illness in 17 states, some leading to hospitalizations.

With an increase in outbreaks from 2011-2012 it is time to pay attention to the quality of your drinking water. Legionella being the cause for more than 57% of these outbreaks. This bacteria causes legionellosis, which is a less severe version of Legionnaire’s desease, manifesting as shortens of breath, cough, fever and muscle and headaches.

Though water systems frequently chlorinate before distributing it, the level of chlorination is not sufficient at times to make it all the way to the end of the system. If the bacteria is not properly treated before they leave the system, they can grow again and cause the farthest regions of the distribution system to become contaminated once again.

Legionella being only one of the pathogens investigated by the CDC report.

Aging water treatment plant infrastructure is one of the major sources of this problem. A second problem is the source where the raw water comes from. These two issues don’t take in to account unreported dumping of toxic chemicals that may enter a water supply.

Keep your family, customers and employees safe with one of our RO water filtration solutions.

You can read the CNN article here.

Waterworld USA has top quality reverse osmosis drinking water systems from residential solutions all the way to industrial systems. We can help with the drinking water of your home or business.

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Proline EZ RO Drinking Water System

“MAKE EVERY DAY A BETTER DAY
WITH THE PROLINE EZ!” WATERWORLD USA

Enjoy pure and healthy water! Great for drinking, cooking, coffee, tea, pets and plants. At home, the office, schools, restaurants and laboratories. Assembled in the Lone Star State with the best components sourced from around the globe!

 

Proline EZ water filtration RO System

 

Proline EZ RO System Options

With options ranging from 3,4, and 5+ stages, UV, Deionization, filters and membranes, we have the solution for your pollution. By coupling our unique production process with personal attention to each of our WATERWORLD USA Partners, this enables us to build each system according to the specific needs of the customer.

 

Proline-EZ Features and Production Specifications
Proline-350EZ Proline-450EZ Proline-550EZ
Number of Stages 3 4 5
Production* 50 GPD 50 GPD 50 GPD
Membrane Type TFC TFC TFC
Stage 1 5 Micron Carbon Block 5 Micron PP Sediment 5 Micron PP Sediment
Stage 2 TFC 50 GPD Membrane 5 Micron Carbon Block 5 Micron Carbon Block
Stage 3 5 Micron Carbon Block TFC 50 GPD Membrane 5 Micron Carbon Block
Stage 4 Inline GAC TFC 50 GPD Membrane
Stage 5 Inline GAC
Fittings Type Quick Connect Quick Connect Quick Connect
TDS Rejection* 95%-99% 95%-99% 95%-99%
Recovery Rate* 15.6% 15.6% 15.6%
Tank Capacity 3.2 Gallons 3.2 Gallons 3.2 Gallons
System Dimensions WXDXH 14”x6.5”x16” 14”x5.5”x17” 16”x5.5”x17”
Tank Dimensions DXH 11.5”x16” 11.5”x16” 11.5”x16”
Shipping Weight 27 Lbs. 27 Lbs. 31 Lbs.
Shipping Dimensions 20”x19”x19” 20”x19”x19” 21”x19”x19”

*Data obtained after 24 hrs. testing with Houston city water, 300 PPM, 75° F, and 80 PSI.  Claims not tested or certified by WQA.

Custom Option List:

  • In-line UV Lamp 1.0 GPM
  • Membrane flushing Device
  • Built-In Pressure Gauge
  • 75 or 100 GPD Membrane
  • 3/8” Tank-To-Faucet for higher flow
  • Private Labeling

 

All Waterworld USA systems are assembled in USA. Each system is tested independently before shipping to insure top quality, performance and is backed by the Waterworld USA name.

 

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Proline Plus RO System

Proline Plus RO – Purification technology and breakthrough engineering providing the finest level of filtration available.

Proline Plus RO Standard Features

  • 50 GPD High Rejection TFC Filmtec™ Membrane
  • NSF Listed 4 Gallon United Tanks™ Storage Tank with
    Stainless Steel Port & Original JG Heavy Duty Ball Valve
  • Quick Connect Fittings Featuring SafeLock™ Clips
  • With ProFlush™ to Enhance Membrane Performance
  • Attractive Euro-Soft Extra Tall Faucet
  • Automatic Shut-off Valve (when tank is full)
  • Built-in Pressure Gauge for Performance Monitoring
  • Color Coded Tubing for Easier Installation
  • Inlet Feed Ball Valve for Easier Maintenance
  • Complete Installation Kit and Instructions Manual
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty
  • Made of High Quality Certified & Listed Parts
    and Components

Proline Plus RO System Options

  1. In-line UV Lamp, 1.0-2.0 GPM
  2. Plastic Storage Tank, 2, 3 and 4 gallon
  3. Air-Gap, Colored Faucets, or Designer Faucets*
  4. Additional Stages such as DI, KDF, and/or Mineral Filters
  5. TDS Monitor
  6. 14 Gallon Storage Tank
  7. Permeate Pump
  8. Delivery Pump
  9. 75 or 100 GPD Membrane
  10. Private Labeling
Model Production Product Recovery TDS Rejection System Dimensions Tank Dimensions Shipping Weight Shipping Dimensions
Proline+ 50 GDP
7.9 LPH
25-30% 94-99% 16“ X 5“ X 18”
41 X 14 X 46 cm
11.5” X 16”
29 X 40 CM
33 lbs
15.0 kg
21” X 19” X 19”
54 X 48 X 48 CM

 

All our systems are assembled in USA. Each system is tested independently before shipping to insure top quality, performance and is backed by the Waterworld USA name.

 

 

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Business Opportunity – Water Filtration System

Water Quality Problem

 

Water quality in general has improved since the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of 1974, which was amended and reauthorized in 1986 and 1996. However, we still have problems that can be tough for local water municipalities to tackle. By law, the EPA is required to review each standard every six years, according to EPA.GOV. Six years seems like a long time before reviewing standards of something so imperative to our health. Of course, we can just go purchase bottle water to be safe; but at what cost to our monthly budget, not to mention the environment.

Bottled Water is NOT the solution.

 

Over the years bottled water has NOT been proven to be a solution! Here are some major factors why bottled water is not the answer.

  1. Matthew Boesler wrote an article for Business Insider in 2013, titled “Bottled Water Cost 2000 Times as Much as Tap Water”. Boelser calculated the average cost of $1.22 per gallon (when purchasing by the gallon), which is 300 times the cost of your tap water. However, given “that almost 2/3 of all bottled water sales are single 16.9oz bottles” the cost increases on a dramatic scale. Raising the cost per gallon of water to $7.50. Think about that for a little bit… What do you pay for regular gasoline?
  2. Five facts from thewaterproject.org:
    1. Bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. It is estimated that over 80% of all single-use water bottles used in the U.S. simply become “litter.” Source: ValleyWater.org
    2. Recycling is only feasible in limited circumstances because only PET bottles can be recycled. All other bottles are discarded. Only 1 out of 5 bottles are sent to the recycle bin. Source: SunTimes
    3. U.S. landfills are overflowing with 2 million tons of discarded water bottles alone. Source: idswater.org
    4. It takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to meet the demand of U.S. water bottle manufacturing. This amount of oil far exceeds the amount needed to power 100,000 for a year, which does not include fossil fuel and emissions costs of greenhouse gases needed to transport the final product to market. Source: Sun Times
    5. It is estimated that actually 3 liters of water is used to package 1 liter of bottled water. Source: ValleyWater.org

Water Filtration Solution

Waterworld USA (WWUSA) presents a great business opportunity for water filtration professionals. Our business is entirely based on creating long lasting partnerships with our dealers by supporting them with paramount technical advice, products, and parts that are available today. WWUSA believes that partnerships have to be a win-win relationship. It is because of this mentality we continue to grow with our dealers. With over a decade of experience, WWUSA has been helping a copious amount of companies and individuals support their customers with superior filtration systems from our comprehensive catalog of parts and complete systems. We carry water softening and conditioning solutions alongside reverse osmosis systems, from home solutions to light commercial applications, all the way to industrial grade systems.

www.epa.gov

www.businessinsider.com

https://thewaterproject.org

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Chromium in Drinking Water

News Alert: Channel 2 investigates cancer-causing chemical in Houston’s drinking water. By Debbie Strauss – Special Projects Producer , Haley Hernandez – Health Reporter Posted: 2:22 PM, November 22, 2016Updated: 11:08 AM, November 24, 2016

 

A cancer-causing chemical made infamous by Erin Brockovich, has been found at high levels in Houston’s tap water. The chemical is called hexavalent chromium or chromium 6.

“The city of Houston’s water ranks about third in the country in terms of high level of chromium 6,” said Bill Walker, managing editor at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group.

But just how high is the chromium 6 in Houston’s tap water? In California– the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, indicates cancer rates start to rise at a concentration of 0.02 parts per billion (ppb)

“To put that in perspective, a part per billion is roughly one drop of water in an Olympic-sized swimming pool,” Walker said.

According to EWG’s data from the city of Houston, Houston’s average is 0.75 ppb.

Why is chromium 6 so dangerous? “It could increase your chance or your risk to get cancer,” said Dr. Qilin Li, with Rice University, adding, “It could also cause damage to liver and kidney.”

Chromium is found naturally in rocks, plants, soils, volcanic dust and animals. Chromium 6 occurs naturally in the environment from the erosion of natural chromium deposits. It can also be produced by industrial processes.

“Chromium 6 … can come from industrial pollution, such as electroplating industry and could come from mining,” Li said.

Channel 2 Investigates looked even closer at the numbers across Harris County and found the nine highest samples, from 2013-2015, all came back to the exact zip code, 77099 In some cases the rates were over 6.0. That’s 300 times the recommended health level set in California of 0.02 ppb.

9007 Dairy View Lane, 77099: 4.9 ppb & 5.4 ppb
12811 Covey, 77099: 4.4 ppb & 6.3 ppb
10630 S. Kirkwood 77099: 4.3 ppb & 4.0 ppb
10301 Sun City Court 77099: 4.9 ppb
10003 S. Kirkwood 77099: 5.1 ppb & 6.7 ppb

 

TECH TALK – CHROMIUM JUST FOUND IN HOUSTON TAP WATER

By Mark Anderson

 

Well guess what? 77099 is the Zip Code of Waterworld USA.

So how does this chromium end up being concentrated in one small neighborhood zip code and coming up in (5) ground water pumping stations?

This is called a Hot Spot.

So this is an interesting “Who Done It” Mystery!

Let it be known that the Houston area is rife with illegal waste dumping. You will be REALLY surprised if you look at this map, which is only the tip of the iceberg, because it does not include chemical waste.

Link: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/illegal-dumping/

Another very common situation I am quite familiar with, is where a tanker truck (6500 Gallons) will illegally discharge acidic chromium waste onto the ground or into a ditch late at night, so that they do not have to pay the extremely high disposal fee it takes to properly dispose of it at an EPA licensed Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility. We call them Midnight Dumpers and often illegal dumpers will do it repeatedly, not once. Another common reality is that an old landfill (or dumping pit) full of metal drums containing hazardous waste is leaking and leaching into the ground water supply. This is happening all across America, in every single populated county. Sometimes these “landfills” are unofficial, unauthorized, and forgotten. Another source is old abandoned factories and abandoned industrial sites– old properties formerly occupied by factories that lie empty and abandoned for years if not decades because they are nearly unsellable due to contamination. I have investigated many of these sites and collected samples – and not once was there a sign posted warning the local residents to periodically test their drinking water or to filter it due to even “potential” contamination, let alone known contamination (for example: this was an old lead factory or an herbicide factory). Often they end up getting “donated” to a local community or organization so as to shift all the risk and cleanup liability (such as EPA Cleanup liability) from the donator to the recipient. There are many famous and notorious examples of this…with disastrous results for the taxpayer (losing millions of dollars) and the nearby residents getting an exposure through soil, wind, or water. More common (>95% of the time) is the Owner will empty out the company bank accounts, file for bankruptcy, and walk away leaving the expensive toxic cleanup for the taxpayers. Military properties are pretty notorious because they were “EPA Exempt” for many decades, and always dumped all their chemical waste on site into unlined earthen pits scooped out by a bulldozer.

Here is an example of a SE Houston Superfund Site at the intersection of Beamer Road and Dixie Farm Road, about 16 miles (26 km) southeast of downtown Houston, and adjacent to the Dixie Oil Processors Superfund site.

From Wikipedia: “The 58-acre Brio Refinery site was home to several chemical companies between 1957 and 1982, when the owner, Brio Refinery Inc. declared bankruptcy and ceased operations. During that period, the site had been used for copper recovery and petroleum re-refining, typically the processing of tar, sludge, and other residue from oil tanks and other sources,[1] as also occurred at the adjacent Dixie Oil Processors site.[2] Throughout the years, at both sites, unprocessed petroleum and waste materials were stored in 12 large earthen pits, ranging from 14 to 32 feet deep and extending into porous soil and, thus, groundwater. Leaks from these pits also spilled into a local drainage ditch, Mud Gulley, and subsequently, via the adjoining Clear Creek, into Galveston Bay. By the late 1980s, the EPA had detected copper, vinyl chloride, 1,1,2-trichloroethane, fluorene, styrene, ethylbenzene, toluene, benzene and other toxic chemicals, including numerous chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs), in the air and groundwater.[3][4]

 

 

From Wikipedia: “Approximately 300,000,000 lb of hexavalent chromium were produced in 1985.[1] Additional hexavalent chromium compounds are chromium trioxide and various salts of chromate and dichromate, among others. Hexavalent chromium is used in textile dyes, wood preservation, anti-corrosion products, chromate conversion coatings, and a variety of niche uses. Industrial uses of hexavalent chromium compounds include chromate pigments in dyes, paints, inks, and plastics; chromates added as anticorrosive agents to paints, primers, and other surface coatings; and chromic acid electroplated onto metal parts to provide a decorative or protective coating.”

I know that the familiar green roofing shingles use dichromate (surprise!) as the green pigment, so huge piles of this in illegal dumps can affect the ground water quality, and the dichromate is highly soluble in water. Railroad ties and telephone poles were also treated with chromium solutions at one point (chromated copper arsenate).

So why the big deal over 5-7 ppb of Hexavalent Chromium?

Chromium is unique in that this is one highly toxic pollutant that has been incredibly tied up in bureaucracy, studies, “studies of studies” and “evaluations of studies” for nearly 50 years with little progress in terms of protecting the public health by lowering the MCL Regulatory Level. This is a huge red flag clue that “big money” in the chromium industry is behind those delays. The other thing that makes chromium unique is the ridiculously high and outdated MCL Level of 100 ppb. This is definitely serving the polluters and not the public health. So far only the California State EPA has said [enough is enough] and has exercised their right to better protect their citizens by imposing a safer and more reasonable MCL Level of 0.02 ppb. That’s a huge difference. A 5000x difference. In the local case of the 77099 zip code in Houston, 6.7 ppb is 335x higher than what is allowed in California.

What this tells us is that just because drinking water is “in compliance” with federal drinking water standards for chromium, this is certainly not a guarantee that it is safe or healthy to drink. The research says otherwise.

In fact medical scientists have done a lot of research on what hexavalent chromium does to the human body, so this is no mystery. This research has been known for decades. Just for starters, it is a “potent cell toxin” and a carcinogen. It also causes Oxidative Stress, which I call “the mother of all chronic diseases”. Below are a few research links out of thousands so you can see for yourself the gravity of the chromium situation:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22886373

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22710416

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11678597

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21414382

 

What I have noticed is that whenever the news talks about one chemical in the water, there are usually more than one to be concerned about. A perfect example is Flint, MI. They have a whole lot more contaminants than just Lead in the water, but all you heard about on the news week after week was Lead.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY: Waterworld USA Dealers may wish to reach out to businesses, restaurants, gas stations, soda fountains, churches, etc in this 77099 zip code and offer them an RO system.

Also remember that Waterworld USA also offers different levels of drinking water Lab Testing for a modest fee.

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Organic Contaminants in Drinking Water

This month we will feature a rather lengthy discussion about a few categories of Organic Contaminants that are found almost everywhere in North America, with a strong focus on Synthetic Organic Compounds, where they come from and how to best remove them from drinking water.

When you look at the Organic side of the contaminant spectrum, you are basically dealing with three main categories of Organics:

  1. Byproducts of Disinfection (BODs) also referred to as Disinfection Byproducts. These are created during disinfection when chlorine, ozone, chloramine, or bromine reacts with Natural Organic Matter and Synthetic Organic Compounds. There are thousands of BODs. These have serious health consequences in a chronic exposure.
  2. Synthetic Organic Compounds (SOCs). These are man-made chemicals typically from the petroleum, plastics, chemical, pharmaceutical, and agricultural chemical industries. There are hundreds of thousands of SOCs. These have serious health consequences in a chronic exposure.
  3. Natural Organic Matter (NOM). These are naturally occurring trace organic compounds from decomposing plant and animal material in the environment. These include humic acids, fulvic acids, tannins, proteins, amino acids, algae secretions, and microorganisms. As these decompose even further you can get the basic building blocks of life such as carboxyl groups, carbonyl groups, phenolics, ethers, esters, amines, and pyridines. This is what you swim in (at trace levels) in a lake or river. Generally not a health threat except when they react with disinfectants and create Byproducts of Disinfection. On occasion you can get a Harmful Algal Bloom creating taste and odor compounds (for example, Geosmin), and the production of toxins (for example, Microcystin).

Your two most common types of organic pollutants are Byproducts of Disinfection from Water Treatment and Synthetic Organic Compounds from agricultural chemicals.

Synthetic Organic Compounds come from the petroleum and chemical manufacturing industries in general. Synthetic Organic Compounds enter our environment from industrial smokestacks, gas stations, use of solvents, LANDFILLS, wastewater discharges, solid waste disposal, toilets, sewage discharge, soaps and detergents, incinerators, toxic waste incinerators, medical incinerators, cement kilns (which burn hazardous waste as fuel), deep well injection of industrial waste, fracking, fracking fluids, illegal waste dumping, combustion of all petroleum fuels, chemical and plastics manufacturing, diesel exhaust, petroleum refineries, paints and coatings, and agricultural chemical applications onto plants and soils, crop dusting, farm runoff water, chemical spills and disasters, just to name a few.

Once these compounds enter the environment via land, air, or water, they inevitably end up finding their way their way into the hydrological cycle and into our groundwater, lakes, and rivers. From there they inevitably end up in our drinking water sources at trace levels but in VAST numbers if you were to list them.

As Gomer Pyle would say: “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!”

How do you know if you have them in your water? Personally, I just assume they are there and I treat for them, but if you want a lab analysis these compounds hide under three simple letters on a Water Quality analysis: TOC. This stands for Total Organic Carbon. Think of it as [Total Organic Compounds]. Unfortunately, most analysis don’t even measure TOC, and if they do, then they only test for these compounds down to the Parts Per Million level. Down at the ppm level you may see a value of 0.5-3 ppm. Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Or does it?

Only when you pay many thousands of dollars do you get to see the real scope of it. In order to see these trace lurkers you need to ask for a “Qualitative Analysis for TOC measured down to the Parts Per TRILLION level”. That’s when you will typically see hundreds to hundreds of thousands, of synthetic organic compounds. Because your typical customer cannot afford to pay for the analysis down to the PPT level (plus the labs are really hard to find), and because these compounds are so widely and so thoroughly dispersed into the environment for so many decades, you can safely make a bet that they are present in the water, and usually win the bet. As Gomer Pyle would say: “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!”

(BTW: One of the best water testing labs I have seen for very comprehensive test packages at good prices is KARLABS.COM . And there is a conveniently located lab right next to Water World USA called ENVIRODYNE.COM)

Now in order to keep this discussion brief, we will keep the medical details brief. But let it be clear that chronic ingestion of these compounds at trace levels causes many different types of diseases including cancer, birth defects, obesity, autism, cardiovascular disease, damaged genes, enzyme dysfunction, damaged mitochondria, damaged DNA, and hormone disruption. These chemicals accumulate in “target organs” and especially your fat tissue and get concentrated up to 70,000 times over background level, and then persist within the body exerting their insidious effects upon your health for many years- even decades. Some of these compounds such as the herbicide Glyphosate even shuts down your body’s Detoxification System, (the Cytochrome P450 Enzymes). There are thousands of research papers at the PUBMED.COM database you can view.  SEE MORE Just type in the name of any of these chemicals.

As a Water Treatment Professional you need to understand the likely hidden presence of these contaminants. These should be a serious concern for pregnant women, infants, children, and people with health issues. Infants, for their first 18 months, have a limited ability to detoxify and excrete toxins, and are very sensitive to chemical insults during growth. These are a long term hazard for the entire family (chronic exposure and tissue accumulation). I realize that not all customers are informed and concerned…but for those customers who are concerned, it pays to understand these issues and deliver the goods. Give people the proper protection they want. Downplaying these issues in front of a very informed customer can potentially damage their faith in you and may cause them to look for someone else who better understands these issues and takes them more seriously.

How To Treat:

For whole house treatment using GAC carbon a good Empty Bed Contact Time (EBCT) ranges from 3-15 mins, depending on the compound. The more carbon the better, and Catalytic Carbon is best (WWUSA # CARB-A8062). This should definitely be followed by Reverse Osmosis at the Point Of Use (for drinking) for the best protection.

For customers who are very concerned, or particularly susceptible – such as pregnant women, infants, or people with health issues, there are two things you can do to enhance the Undersink RO System performance:

  1. Load the RO cartridge housings with premium VOC-Rated Carbon blocks and switch them out sooner than usual.
    2.5”x10” Blocks, 1 micron, Chloramine – Ask your WWUSA Rep for #PNTK-255416 (protect with a 1 micron sediment filter)
    2.5×10” Blocks, 5 micron Thick Wall, VOC-Rated, Ask your WWUSA Rep for #BRAND-FX10VOC-TW
    2.5”x20” , 1 micron, Chloramine – Ask your WWUSA Rep for #PNTK-255417-43
    4.5×20” Blocks, 1 micron, Chloramine, Ask your WWUSA Rep for #BRAND-FXB20CHLORA
  2. Sell them our “Millenium- LB” RO System which uses a high rejection membrane and robust thick wall VOC-Rated carbon blocks that have a higher capacity for organics.

Most common SOCs found in the US Environment and Water Supply
POPs = Persistant Organic Pollutants: Learn More

POP Pesticides: aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex, toxaphene;

POP Industrial chemicals: hexachlorobenzene, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs (heat transfer fluids) were dumped into rivers by the ton for decades, and even disposed of by being sprayed onto miles of rural dusty roads “to keep the dust down”.

POP By-products and DIOXINS: hexachlorobenzene; polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD, TCDD) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDD/PCDF), and PCBs. These come out of smokestacks and are also by-products of herbicide manufacturing. These are the worst. Learn More about Dioxins

Fluorocarbon Ingredients used to make Teflon (PTFE) and non-stick coatings:

PFOAs (Perfluorooctanoic Acid) Used in the manufacture of Teflon and and Fluoropolymers. PFOA has been detected in industrial waste, stain resistant carpets, carpet cleaning liquids, house dust, microwave popcorn bags, water, food, non-stick cookware and PTFE such as Teflon. PFOA has been detected in the blood of more than 98% of the general US population and persist in the environment for long periods of time. Learn More

Related compounds are:  PBDE (Polybromodiphenyl Ether)  Learn More

PFNA (Perfluorononanoic acid), and  PFOS (PerfluoroOctaneSulfonic Acid)  Learn More

EDCs (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals)

EDCs disrupt the endocrine system and exposure usually leads to proliferative, reproductive, and metabolic diseases, including hormonal cancers, infertility, obesity (“obesogens” Learn More) or diabetes.  Learn More

Most EDCs are man-made compounds, for example bisphenols, phthalates, parabens, dioxins, pesticides, alkylphenols, organotins, polychlorinated biphenyls, or perfluoroalkyl compounds. Learn More

Learn More about “Bisphenol A” used in epoxy resins and PVC

Organic Solvents, Halogented Solvents, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

All petroleum solvents, especially halogenated ones, have serious negative health consequences over time (chronic toxicity). This includes cancers, birth defects, diseases and DNA mutations.  Learn More Learn More about VOCs

Pharmaceuticals

The biggest concerns with pharmaceuticals is the fact that they all affect the function of the human body. Some of the most disturbing drugs you would never want to see in your family’s drinking water would be hormones, birth control, chemotherapy agents, radioactive drugs (“nuclear medicine”), psychiatric meds, steroid creams, immune system suppressants, and Thimerosal (organic mercury). All people taking pharmaceuticals excrete them into the toilet where they either end up in septic systems (and then potentially the well water) or sewage plant discharge (effluent) going into rivers and thus entering living ecosystems (plants, fish and critters) and also the hydrological cycle, including ground water contamination, agricultural irrigation water, and flood water. These substances are also found in landfill leachate (liquid).

Personal Care Products

These are discharged down the drain every day by hundreds of millions of people who have abandoned natural soaps, cosmetics, and shampoos for synthetic replacements containing toxic ingredients. This includes the endocrine disruptor Triclosan (antibacterial) in antibacterial liquid hand soaps, “deodorant” soaps (Dial), hand sanitizers, antibacterial dish detergents, and now even “advanced” toothpastes. Then you have aluminum and zirconium in antiperspirants, parabens (endocrine disruptors) in shampoos and lotions, acrylates in hair gels, colors and dyes, and synthetic fragrances. Then you have nanoparticle Titanium Dioxide in sunscreens and now even in several foods, cookies, and popular candy coatings. They are even using TiO2 nanoparticles in toothpaste as a whitening agent.  Learn More There’s also 1,4-Dioxane in ethoxylated detergents, laundry detergents, and certain cosmetic ingredients. Then there’s Phthalates (a plastic chemical) used to make plastics and PVC softer, but has found its way into everything you can think of including food packaging and perfumes.  Learn More

Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides, Rodenticides, and Biocides

These are thousands of chemicals applied by the millions of tons over many decades to farms, residential lawns, fields, public parks, weed control along roadsides, golf courses, cemetaries, ponds and lakes. These are also sent into the air through routine farm spraying , aerial crop dusting, and “mosquito control” sprayed over entire communities. When the spray goes into the air they are known to travel for up to hundreds of miles (sometimes more) on atmospheric currents. Then they come down in the rain. These chemicals are poisons that disrupt the “gears of life” causing biological disruption and failure. Learn More Learn More Learn More

PVC Plastic and Other Plastics

The manufacturing, general use, and disposal of PVC products leads to chemical exposures to polyvinyl chloride, nonylphenol, phthalates, and Bisphenol A, all of which are toxic. The burning of PVC products (garbage incineration, medical incinerators) releases Dioxins into the atmosphere which then comes down in the rain. Learn More about PVC. Learn More about Dioxins Learn More about Phthalates