Let us start off by saying that our water is flowing pure and clear from the center of the earth here to our Boston Clear customers. But we are fortunate.
As we in Massachusetts vote on Tuesday, consider your public officials’s stance on issues related to water. While water is a national issue, its safety is best addressed at the local level where citizens can demand that their leaders do something beside issue statements that say our ‘water is safe to drink.’ If the water around the country is so clean, then why are so many people sick?!!!!
Each week we want to bring you information on water, not to scare you (though there is plenty to be scared about) but to inform you. Through sharing stories of the struggles and the solutions surrounding the world’s clean water supply, we will solve this problem.
Water sources across the world, are under pressure from contaminates like lead, polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), manganese … that are all making people sick. In many cases, people drink the water from the tap because that is all that they can afford, so the poorest among us are the ones getting the most contamination. In the past, those testing water were looking for obvious contaminates, like lead, but now there are so many complex chemicals that have leeched into water supplies that are believed to cause high blood pressure, cancer and autism.
The contamination crisis of PFASs in the water is something that should concern a number of communities across the country. According to Vice, PFAS are used in products to create items that are durable, heat resistance, and provide water- and oil-repellency. They can be found in carpet, apparel, fast food wrapping, non-stick substances, firefighting foam, and more. They are throughout the United States and, after decades of production, they have found their way into our bodies.
For many Americans, the phrase “water crisis” conjures thoughts of lead contamination in Flint, just a few hours’ drive northeast of Parchment. But increasingly, it’s also making them think of the chemicals countless drank—or may still be drinking—every day. From military bases to corporate waste sites, and in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado and beyond, new awareness of PFAS pollution and its long-term effects has left Americans horrified at the unusually durable “forever chemicals” they’ve been ingesting for years.
Lead paint was believed to be the cause of poisoning people in generations past, but could it have been in our drinking water? However, conditions like high blood pressure are up and a new study suggests that it could be linked to lead;
It’s possible that lead exposure from decades past is helping feed the growing epidemic of high blood pressure, said Sung Kyun Park of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, who led the study team.
“Lead is a widespread environmental toxicant. As you have seen in Flint and many other cities, there may be continued exposure,” Park told NBC News.
Michigan’s drinking water is worse than what we read about in Flint, MI, which breaks our hearts. While lead was the culprit in Flint, it is only one part of the problem;
Michigan’s experience with emerging contaminants is a clarion call to a nation that has forgotten some critical lessons from the past. In all corners of the state, experts see a family of chemicals, once ubiquitous around the globe for decades, now linked to a series of deadly cancers, thyroid, autoimmune, metabolic and neurologic diseases, along with decreased fecundity and endocrine disruption.
In places like El Salvador, water crisis is leading to outbreaks in violence. According to one local, “The well doesn’t produce a lot of water and when it dries up, we have had problems with people fighting.” Of course they do and it is going to get worse.
In Gaza, a war-torn area of the Middle East, water contamination is likely going to lead to an epidemic. Children will be hit first, then, as it creeps into the lives of adults they will revolt. Battles with neighboring Israel will likely occur if the water crisis is not addressed. Water, a source that once drove people to come together, could lead to fighting that will certainly drive us apart.
Water is necessary for our existence, but before we run out of water, we are going to resort to fighting over it and about it. The quality of our water and how we protect it, could be the single source of peace in the world … something to think about today as we head into Thanksgiving. This year, give thanks to clean water.
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