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 elses 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. Youll 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.

Please forgive the title of this post, but I just couldnt 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 Id bet youd 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?

Id 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. Lets 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, Im 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.

One of the more recent examples of why municipally treated water is not quite potable can be found in a town in Massachusetts.

In a recent article found in the bostonglobe.com, Milford, MA is the beneficiary of a new water filter. The town has been getting its water from a private water utility called the Milford Water Company. This water filter has not come too soon as the EPA has been pressuring the company to do something about increased levels of THMs or trihalomethanes that have been found in the water.

This is a serious concern as this toxin can cause health problems for those that are exposed to it over a prolonged period of time. Now that the water company has installed a carbon sandwich filter, tests on the water reveal that the THM levels are now within state standards. State standards? Im sorry, but there should be no acceptable level of contaminants found in water that is used by the general public.

Its safe to assume that many of the residents in this town, and all across the U.S. drink tap water. They assume that the water that their city is providing them is good enough to drink. Most assumptions are bad, especially ones that can affect your health. Those in charge with providing clean water to residents of the average city might have the best of intentions. They might be doing all they can to provide the best water possible. Does this mean that its good enough?

Residents of Milford know that its not good enough as they have become aware of their towns water issues. Hopefully other cities and towns will try to become more proactive about water filtration maintenance.

These concerns will obviously make people consider other alternatives. Hopefully people will opt out of the bottled water choice. The most ideal option is a home water filter. Why settle for almost healthy water? Drinking water should be as clean and pure as possible. You should be going out of your way to find the best water filter that you can.

While the average American has access to much cleaner water than residents of many third world nations, it still does not mean that it is completely safe to drink. It should go without saying that the quality of the water that you drink is just as important as the act of drinking it.

So dont take any chances. Filter your water right at the point of use your kitchens faucet.