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New Drinking Water Regulation Announced

February 2nd, 2011

Glass of Tap Water

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The EPA announced today, 02/02/2011, that they are taking steps to regulate Perchlorate content in our drinking water, along with 16 other chemicals1. Perchlorate is a man-made chemical found in rocket fuels that has been shown to disrupt the thyroid, by reducing the thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine2.

While I think that this is a great move towards providing safer drinking water, I think we need to be doing more to protect our watershed in the first place. Keeping chemicals out of our watershed will help provide us with clean drinking water in the future. The EPA has a guide on what we can do to help restore and protect our watersheds. Purdue University also has a Safe Water website with more information. See the links below for more information.

Purdue Safe Water for the Future
EPA Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters

As much as I would love to drink water straight from the tap, I know that all the chemicals in the tap water aggravate my Fibromyalgia. So instead I love to drink Eternal Water, that is imported from New Zealand from a deep watershed. This however arrives in a plastic bottle, depletes the watershed in New Zealand, and uses lots of oil to make its way to the states. I would prefer to drink water straight from my tap, but it makes me sick. I have looked at having a reverse-osmosis filter installed in our house, but it seems too cost prohibitive (over $1,000). If anyone has any cheaper solutions that are ecofriendly, I’m open to suggestions.

  1. EPA To Develop Regulation for Perchlorate and Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water []
  2. Perchlorate and Perchlorate Salts []

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  1. February 3rd, 2011 at 01:48 | #1

    Have you looked at Multi-Pure filters? They have options for under the sink, not just whole-house. Here’s the site for a gal I know who swears by Multi-Pure water as part of what helped her fibromyalgia: http://megswaterpages.wordpress.com. She tells a little about her story on her site, but you can definitely call or email her for more info. I also sent Megan your info, so she may contact you directly. I thought that the cost of their systems were really reasonable, especially for the more compact ones.

  2. February 3rd, 2011 at 09:21 | #2

    Thanks Tami for the tip. I went to her website, and she had a link to the Environmental Working Group’s Drinking Water Database. No wonder I react to my local water. It has high levels of arsenic and also nitrates from the runoff from local farms. I know that nitrates trigger my Fibromyalgia.

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