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I realize that many of my blog posts are about our severe water pollution issues. This is why it is always great to find a story that is a bit more on the positive side of things.

This article comes by way of the The Examiner and entails a great example of what some powerful organizations and people can do to help make sure our future contains plenty of clean water.

Apparently much work has recently been done to improve the quality of water in and around the Long Island Sound in New York. Awards have been given by the Sound Guardian to 4 different people and organizations largely responsible for this cleanup effort. Those who are the recipients this year are; Commissioners Joseph Martens and Carter Strickland, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Construction company Skanska USA Civil Northeast.
long island sound cleanup
The commissioners were specifically responsible for a 2.4 billion dollar pledge to develop some major green infrastructure improvements. This includes building rain gardens, making more porous pavements, allowing for more rooftop vegetation, and many other green advancements that make for safer and cleaner stormwater.

Senator Gillibrand is being recognized for her efforts in getting the Long Island Sound Stewardship and Restoration Act passed. This act is crucial for the funding that the EPA needs to continue its protection and work in this area of New York. In addition to an overall protection of the sound, the EPA now has more funding that it will specifically use to improve wastewater treatment facilities in the area. The senator sees the Sound as a “great place to work, play, and raise a family” so it should go without saying that these are crucial improvements that must occur to make this future a reality.

Last but not least to mention here is Skanska. Skanska is a very large construction company that has completed dozens of wastewater treatment projects all across the country. The company currently is working on three different projects in New York that will have a direct impact on the quality of water in the Long Island Sound and New York City as well. Due efforts in recent years, wastewater treatment facilities have largely been responsible for an increase in dissolved oxygen and a decrease in pathogens in tested Sound waters. Much work still needs to be done but Skanska is proud to be a part of the solution.

This story will undoubtedly inspire many other U.S. cities to take further action to improve their own local waterways. In the meantime, it is always a good idea to make sure the water that you drink is as pure as possible. Many have found that a home water filter is the perfect solution. Positive clean water stories like this one are definitely great to hear about, but taking an extra step to know that you are drinking the best water possible is “sound” advice.

Bottled Water Prices And Sales Continue To Rise

From a recent report from reuters.com, it seems that the bottled water industry is just as strong as ever.

Nestle, a Switzerland corporation, is the largest food and beverage company in the world. It sells 15 different types of bottled water. It is not worth mentioning specific brand names, as you have most definitely heard of at least a few of them.

What is interesting to note about this specific corporation (and possibly a few others as well) is that they have recently increased the cost of their completely unnecessary product. As expensive and overpriced as bottled water is, it just became pricier. The company justifies this price increase due to higher commodity prices. They are not concerned about the effects of this increase because they know that the demand will be there.

While it is quite unfortunate to hear that the demand for bottled water will be increasing, there is a silver lining to this story. Apparently, part of the increase in the sale of bottled water is due to a decline in the consumption of carbonated soft drinks. Obviously, it is considerably better to be drinking water compared to soda. However, it is quite apparent that there is still much work to do to educate the general public about all of the downsides to the consumption of bottled water.

Not surprisingly, it is also right here in the United States where this education is needed the most. This is the only “developed” country whose carbonated soft drink sales are still higher than bottled water sales. So of all of the plastic contained fluids that are available, we are still choosing the worst ones. The end environmental result remains the same; considerably too much extra waste due to plastic bottles. I think that it is worth repeating that our landfill problems are not going to take care of themselves.
bottled water landfill
Obviously, a company that sells a billion cases of water a year is not about to walk away from such a cash cow. Their only real concern is to mitigate any bad press that they might get with some good public relations. Like most corporate polluters, they ultimately feel that environmental concerns are someone else’s problem. This is grossly irresponsible. More recently quoted from Spiderman, Voltaire said “with great power comes great responsibility“. This is absolutely true in this case and in any other situation where a decision can affect many people or the world as a whole.

Personal consumer choices still hold great weight in this world. We can all make a big difference by making the right daily choices. Deciding which things to buy and not purchasing certain items at all can make for widespread changes in time. This will not happen overnight. It is our responsibility to help each other make wiser consumer decisions. If you do not yet know about all of the many ways that home water filters are so much better than bottled water, then please find out. Whether you discover these advantages through this site or any of the other ones online, take that first step. You’ll eventually find out that you could be getting water that is cleaner, drastically less expensive, and much more environmentally friendly.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and thank you for helping to spread the word.

Residents of Lake Station, Indiana, are facing a proposed 35% rate hike for their city supplied water.

The www.nwitimes.com recently covered this controversial story in which involved residents of Lake Station making quite an appearance at City Hall.
dirty water filter
The major outcry from residents is that their water is not that clean to begin with. If they are to be charged a considerable amount more, the least that they should expect is much better water. Many residents would have also preferred more gradual increases to the rates that they are charged.

It is safe to assume that the major issue here is not really the cost increase of this proposal. According to the article, even those residents who use the most water would only see their rates go up about $10 per month. On the other hand, the main issue here is water quality. It is expect that the city should be able to provide clean water to its residents for a reasonable cost.

One resident brought a dirty water filter to the City Hall meeting to give a good visual example of how bad the situation is. It might be a given that the challenges being made by increasing water pollution are making it difficult for municipal water treatment plants to deliver the cleanest water possible. However, every step should be taken to get to this point.

Hopefully the outcome of this meeting will at least make the average resident of Lake Station aware of the need to acquire a home water filter. Whether or not they are familiar with a great company like Aquasana, they should still seek out the best water filter that they can. Anyone who saw how bad that filtration cartridge looked will want to avoid the water that their city is delivering through their kitchen’s tap. Ideally they also avoid bottled water, which is neither proven to be healthier and definitely is not cheaper than home water filtration.

I’m sure that anyone who comes across this story will think twice before they assume that their tap water is safe enough to drink.

Does Drinking Wastewater Sound Like A Crappy Idea?

Please forgive the title of this post, but I just couldn’t help myself. The fact is that people are already drinking treated wastewater and most of them are obviously not aware of it.
treated wastewater
In a recent article from usatoday.com, many cities around the U.S. are considering the use of treated wastewater for public drinking water. Right from the start, I share the same initial feelings with just about anyone who would become aware of this – it sounds disgusting.

However, treatment plants are supposed to be able to make this water just as safe, if not safer than our existing water supplies. Even with improved technologies, it is obviously still difficult to forget where this water just came from.

The primary driving force behind this idea comes from the fact that we are experiencing water shortages that only seem to be getting worse. This is no surprise as the general population keeps increasing at fast rates. Locations that are already stressed for water must do something to be able to supply it to future generations.

I, for one, support the more natural and traditionally common use of wastewater – use it for irrigation and industrial purposes. Letting nature filter it might be a longer process, but I’d bet you’d end up with some better water. I realize that this does not solve the current water shortage crisis, but this quicker turnaround for wastewater just does not sound right.

This is just another example of why it makes sense to filter your water one more time at home. A point-of-use home water filter can really make a difference in the quality of water that you end up consuming. Why take any chances with the quality of something as important as drinking water?

I’d like to think that we will make some technological breakthroughs that will allow us to bypass the need for drinking this highly polluted water. For example, if water desalinization ever becomes cheap and efficient enough, that would solve our drinking water problems. Let’s hope for the best…

Wishing You The Best In This New Year

Wow, 2012 is already here. It seemed like 2011 was not around for that long.

Although this might be a few days late, I’m wishing you the best of health this year and every one that follows.

2011 saw quite a few negative stories concerning the state of our drinking water. However, there is always a “silver lining”. I believe that we are on the right track as far as protecting and improving our clean water sources are concerned. Social environmental responsibility is starting to become the norm. Corporations and individuals that continue to ignore these responsibilities are finding it more difficult to do so.

We owe it to future generations to keep spreading messages of sustainability. This should not be thought of as the right thing to do, but the only thing to do. Those that believe that you must “be the change that you want to see in the world” know how powerful and important that idea is. As more people do the right thing, others will follow suit.

There is no longer any doubt about the negative effects of pollution. Whether it be land, air, water, or noise pollution, all forms can affect your health. If you currently live in a large city, there may not be much that you can do about most of these forms of pollution, without moving. It should be at least somewhat comforting to know that you can do something about being affected by water pollution. A home water filter and a shower filter can go a long way to protect your body from water borne toxins. You owe it to yourself to find the best water filter that you can to protect your health.

Ultimately, it is up to the larger institutions and corporations to be the best stewards of our planet as they can be. They simply have the ability to make the largest impacts. Like I mentioned earlier, I believe that the proper intentions are beginning to take hold.

I see a brighter future for the resources that we all need.

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