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What's Water Good For?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 • Posted May 19, 2009 10:00 PM

Water. What is it good for? Absolutely everything! Last week we researched phosphates, common in laundry and dishwasher detergents, and how phosphates damage our local and international water supplies. What other toxic residue lurks within our waterways?

The San Antonio Express published a tiny article January 9th of this year stating that the EPA, The Environmental Protection Agency, "is reconsidering the amount of a toxic rocket fuel ingredient allowed in drinking water."

Apparently, the chemical perchlorate "has been detected at almost 400 sites in 35 states at levels high enough to interfere with thyroid function," and the article continues to list other symptoms known to be caused from perchlorate.

According to the EPA website, the EPA does not presently regulate perchlorate in drinking water. A couple of states have issued drinking water standards for the toxin, but how do we know if it's in our drinking water? You can research more about this chemical by typing epa.gov into your computer search engine and read the common questions and answers section on contaminants in water.

Clean drinking water is a precious, finite resource. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves so that we can protect our water supplies. We are the guardians for present and future generations.

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