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What is Hiding in Your Water?

What is Hiding in Your Water?

"The reality is that it is not possible to know all contaminants in a water source at any given time."

Looking at a glass of water, you may assume it’s safe, pure and free from harmful substances. However, new studies and publications are identifying water contamination in rural and urban water supplies at an alarming rate. These findings have been found throughout Canada as more study and testing is conducted.

Consider contaminants which have been identified in water sources across the country.
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Water Education - Pitcher Filters

Water Education - Pitcher Filters

"It is a common assumption that the pitcher filter is a “catch all drinking water system which removes everything from water"

Before you use any filtration system, ensure that it is applicable for the water source you are putting into the reservoir. Many people use these devices on water that it was never designated for and are then disappointed in the results or are left with a sense of water quality that is generally incorrect.  

As more contaminants are identified, the quality of drinking water should be a priority for every individual.
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Emerging Drinking Water Risks

Emerging Drinking Water Risks

"There are far too many contaminants to effectively regulate, test and provide 100% safe drinking water from every tap."

As there is an increase in conducted research, new findings are becoming apparent regarding the potential for new or emerging contaminants in water posing risk to human health. No one really knows what actually lies in our drinking water, and no single test exists to test for every possible contaminant. 

It is impossible to know exactly what is in a water source at any given time.
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Country Water Education

Country Water Education

"Water is a “universal solvent” meaning it picks up just about anything it comes into contact with."

The average Canadian citizen is not aware of the potential risks to water quality outside of city limits where little regulation and testing are conducted. This is where the role of proper water treatment equipment is crucial.

In the country, you are responsible for your own water.
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Water Perceptions

Water Perceptions

"You cannot judge the quality by the taste, smell or colour alone."

I have observed a recurring theme in my twenty years of experience with regards to water quality. There are a multitude of perceptions that have been expressed by people regarding the water at their home or cottage. For some the idea that their well water is clean, clear and safe is literally passed from generation to generation. 

I believe that this is the way that many people want to see their water.
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Water - Neutral Disinterest

Water - Neutral Disinterest

"Drinking water should be a personal choice based on water education."

The general public has developed a neutral disinterest to the multitude of water warnings and often dismiss them as “not in my backyard”. Water is called the "universal solvent" because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid. It is important to every living thing on earth and wherever water goes, it takes along chemicals, minerals, and nutrients it has encountered along the way.

Do you know what is possible to be in your drinking water supply?.
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Treating Water with a Floor Cleaner?

Treating Water with a Floor Cleaner?

"What is part of a standard water test at a public health unit?"

Over the years I have experienced many interesting situations with water quality and testing. This example is most definitely at the top of the list and raises serious concerns about water safety. As part of routine water testing, I showed up to take a sample for bacterial analysis. After running the tap for a couple of minutes, there was a distinct chemical smell which did not diminish as the tap ran. 

Before you drink your next glass of water, consider the water source and make an educated choice.
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The Water Elephant - A Public Challenge

The Water Elephant - A Public Challenge

Change occurs when the public works together to achieve a goal.

What you flush is out of sight and mind for most people. The impact of what goes down the drain is an elephant in the room in dire need of attention. Every water source large, small, municipal or rural has come in contact with some level of contaminant.  The argument can be made that there is no "pure" water source left in the province, country or planet anywhere human interaction has taken place. 

Toilets are Flushed in Ontario almost 25 Billion Times a Year.
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