OK, I want to talk about water, clean drinkable water. Boy, is that ever a moving target! I listened to an astronaut the other day and how he drank everyone’s pee (everyone did – after it had been treated-purified and cleansed) because they were on the space station for at least a year and carrying enough water is difficult.


There’s a lot of discussion about how much water one should drink. Eight glasses to half of your body weight seems to be the range. Regardless, most health and fitness folks say at least enough so your pee is relatively light in color. (Hopefully, I put that nicely.)


Anyway, back discussing water. When we lived in another city, I remember some people saying something similar to the astronaut experience in that the chemical companies insisted they put water back cleaner than they found it. (Huh?)



Flint water
We have to remember our water comes from water treatment plants where it too has been treated. I can hear you saying, “But what about Flint?


“To save money, the state switched Flint’s water supply in 2011 from Lake Huron to the notoriously filthy Flint River. When the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality failed to treat the corrosive water, it ate into the city’s iron and lead pipes and leached into the drinking water.” Apr 20, 2016
The Flint water crisis in 2 minutes – CNN


The river water corroded city pipes, and the corroded pipes leached lead into drinking water. … Half the water companies in the country add this chemical to community water sources to prevent pipe corrosion, but Flint officials skipped that step (which costs $100 a day). Jan 26, 2016 How Did Lead Get Into Flint River Water? | Popular Science
https://www.popsci.com › whats-wrong-…


A year ago officials said the water supply was in compliance “But they cautioned that it could be a year or more before it is safe for residents to drink from their faucets, because lead-tainted pipes need to be replaced.” Jan 24, 2017
Lead Levels in Flint Water Drop, but Residents Still Can’t Drink It – The …
https://www.nytimes.com › 2017/01/24


Now they’ve designed a lead pipe replacement plan “where we think it can be done in a year, with about 30 crews and $55 million dollars.” They believe pipe replacement could cost as little as “3 to 4 thousand dollars a home.”Apr 24, 2016 Flint’s crisis can be fixed with $55M in new pipes: Lansing mayor
https://www.cnbc.com › 2016/04/22


Flint water

The entire water situation in Flint, Michigan is distressing to me. This could have happened anywhere to anyone.

We could have been Flint! It is the state government’s responsibility to make this right, not the homeowner, who did nothing wrong!  



Well water
The only ones who get their water directly from the ground are those who have wells on their land. So what are some of well water’s pros & cons?


Well water is free, not adding in electricity to pump it in. It’s not chlorinated or fluoridated and there are no monthly bills. But there are some other risks. Yet, well water may not be as pure as we think, there are possible health risks and quality issues. Of course, there are also well maintenance considerations. well water


In a number of developing countries different water treatments purify the water. In some places people know how to stir the water to create cleaner water, in others, something is added to the water. The water is then stirred and the sediment in the water decreases, so you’re able to drink it.



What Counts?

We were buying a large number of bottled waters. But now we have a very good water filter. (I wonder if it removes fluoride from the water?) One thing we know for sure is whenever there is a natural disaster, water is among the 1st needs. It needs to be safe, clean, and readily available.


To your health!


Drinking water is essential to a healthy lifestyle.” Stephen Curry


Pouring water on a drowning man – James Carr

Dr. Harriette

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