Water Worries

Approximately 75 percent of Americans are concerned about the quality of their drinking water.

Approximately 75 percent of water in and on the Earth is in the oceans as salt water. Desalinization is becoming more popular and cost effective.

Two thirds of all rural households are drinking water that is in violation of EPA standards.

Water, the most abundant and most important nutrient in the body is as essential to life as the air we breathe. Since all body functions are dependent on water, it is evident that water is important for general physical fitness. Thus, the quality of the water we consume becomes of more than just academic interest to all.

  • Alcohol, tea, coffee and colas are not ideal as water sources because they tend to have a diuretic effect on the body.
  • Medical experts agree that water with a good mineral balance is the best bet for you. A good quality still water or sparkling water labeled from a natural source would be the healthiest choice.
  • Copper excesses have been found in tissues of schizophrenic patients and have been traced to soft water eroding away copper pipes.
  • Water filters are only good if they remove the particular problem in your area and are serviced properly. This includes changing the filters on a regular basis.
  • According to the National Cancer Institute, nine studies correlated water quality and cancer with the drinking water in Pittsburgh, New Orleans and various cities in Ohio, New York and New Jersey.
  • Ice water may be harmful to persons with cardiovascular disease. Sudden drops in tissue temperatures are a shock to the system and cause a strain on the heart.
  • The colder the water we do drink with meals, the slower the digestive process works.
  • Drinking water with meals is not beneficial, since we have the tendency to wash foods down instead of adequately chewing them up.
  • Hot water is more dangerous than using cold water and heating it. Hot water is more corrosive and can contain larger amounts of dangerous debris.
  • If you consume 15 to 23 eight ounce glasses of water in a one hour period, it could be dangerous to your health.
  • If it were not for the water secreted by the salivary gland in the mouth, we would be unable to swallow and digest the foods we eat.
  • Water in our bodies dissolves the foods, carries nutrients to various pars of the body, leaves the body as perspiration, helps maintain the normal body temperature, cleanses our systems of wastes, and is then eliminated through the kidneys at the rate of three to eight pints per day.
  • Americans are spending over 2.4 billion dollars on bottled water annually and are purchasing almost that dollar amount in home purifying equipment.
  • A family consisting of five people uses approximately 326,000 gallons of water a year.
  • There are over 50,000 water contaminants and only 100 are subject to regulation. These include organic compounds, biological, heavy metal salts, inorganic compounds, gases, and suspended solid particles.
  • In the United States each year about 30 outbreaks of diseases are traced to bacterial or chemical contamination of water supplies.
  • Most all filter systems only remove large particles. They still leave the small ones, such as viruses, etc.
  • There are 55,000 chemical dump holes across the United States, according to the EPA, that can leak contaminants into the water supplies in those areas.
  • All water is mineral water except distilled. Even rain water contains many impurities.
  • Distilled water is chemically pure and is always used for medicinal purposes. It is flat and insipid to the taste, having been deprived of its atmospheric gases.
  • Rinsing vegetables in a sink filled with water will save approximately 200 gallons of water per month.
  • Waiting for water to get hot wastes 200 gallons per month. Try saving the water for the plants or a refrigerator bottle.
  • To grow one pound of meat, it requires 2,500 to 6,000 pounds of water.
  • You will use one gallon of water to just brush your teeth.
  • If you weight 150 pounds, your body contains approximately 90 pounds of water.
  • Humans are 60 to 70 percent water by weight.
  • An earthworm is 80 percent water.
  • A carrot is 90 percent water.
  • Salt used to give you better traction on roads in the winter can raise the sodium content of your tap water.
  • Mineral water from famous name spas has no particular health benefits.
  • When water is called for in a recipe it should be between 60 and 80 degrees for the best results.
  • Soft water is the best for most cooking if available. Real soft water, not artificially softened.
  • Let your water run in the morning before using it, there may be lead from pipes in the first water that comes out.
  • If the recipe calls for water by weight, remember 1 tablespoon equals one-half ounce and 2 cups equal one pound.
  • Sugar lowers the boiling point of water.
  • The average person requires about six pints of water per day to replace losses.
  • A runner may lose seven to nine pounds of fluid during a marathon.
  • The body absorbs cold water more quickly.
  • It takes 10,000 gallons of water to produce one auto.
  • To print one copy of the Sunday paper, it takes 280 gallons of water.
  • It takes five gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk.
  • One out of 12 household in the United States use bottled water as their main source of drinking water.
  • A Laundromat with ten washing machines uses an average of 1,800 gallons of water per day.
  • A car wash, handling 24 cars per hour, uses 8000 gallons of water per day.
  • Forty-seven percent of the water supply in the U.S. goes for food production.
  • To feed one person in the United States for a year, it requires approximately 1,726,000 gallons of water.
  • One average baked potato requires 12 gallons of water to grow.
  • One pat of butter takes 100 gallons of water to produce.
  • Two dinner rolls require 26 gallons of water before they make it to your table.
  • If you are on a well, have your water tested every six months.
  • It takes 325 gallons of water to make one gallon of alcohol.
  • It takes 375 gallons of water to produce a one pound sack of flour.
  • Every person drinks approximately 16,000 gallons of water in their lifetime.
  • If water has flowed down a mountainside, it may very likely come in contact with, and carry a variety of impurities in suspension.
  • Surface water may contain pollutants and agricultural wastes. Fertilizers and insecticide residues are frequently found when water is tested. Air pollutants and lead from automobiles and industrial exhausts may all end up in our drinking water supply.
  • Other chemicals, such as chlorine, fluorine, phosphates, alum, sodium aluminates, and others are frequently added to drinking water for purification. Fluoridation is considered by some to be the most dangerous of all methods of treating water. Sodium fluoride, one of the most poisonous of all chemical compounds, is the active ingredient in rat poisons and moth control preparations.
  • Water should not be relied upon as a healthy source of minerals. Frequently, it may contain inorganic minerals which cannot be assimilated by the body, but rather are deposited in various parts of the body, with the end result of arthritis, calcium-hardened arteries and stones.
  • It cannot be taken for granted that the water we drink is beneficial to our health. A home filtering device or purchasing quality bottled water may be the best bet.
  • There are more than 64 rare and different formulas for water utilizing hydrogen and oxygen isotopes. We still have a lot to learn about water.
  • Ninety seven percent of all water on earth is in the ocean. Only 3 percent is fresh water, which concerns all of us. Three-quarters of the fresh water is frozen in glaciers.
  • The average person uses 75 gallons of water each day in their home, and another 100 gallons outside of their home.
  • Forty-three percent of our water is used commercially.

Did you know?

There are many charged, carborated, and mineral spring waters bottled and put on the market. Many of these are used as agreeable table beverages. Examples: Soda Water, Apollinaris, Poland, Seltzer, and Vichy. Some contain minerals of medicinal value. Examples: Lithia, saline, and sulphur waters.

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