The US Water Crisis
“Since the Flint drinking water crisis erupted five years ago, Americans have realized that many cities and towns struggle to ensure safe water. Currently residents of Newark, New Jersey are drinking bottled water after the city realized lead filters it handed out had failed.
While most water systems in the United States provide reliable, high-quality drinking water, our research has shown that as of a few years ago, 21 million people in the United States relied on water from utilities with health violations. Why? Infrastructures are aging, environmental hazards are evolving and cities lack the funds to make fixes.
No amount of lead in the body is safe, and children under age five are especially at risk. Lead poisoning can damage the central nervous system, reduce IQ, delay growth and cause behavior and learning problems. Nearly half a million children in the U.S. have elevated blood lead levels. Exposure comes primarily from lead paint, but lead in drinking water also contributes.”
– How To Address Americas Lead Crisis, USA Today
Summarizing The Water Crisis
All across America today, citizens are unaware that they are drinking and bathing in contaminated water. The contaminants coursing through the pipes of their home do not have to be directly harming like the lead that people were drinking in Flint, MI. In fact, when you take a shower, I have heard that you can absorb more contaminants through the skin than you can possibly ingest through drinking all day. That’s a pretty important distinction since people are buying a Berkey water filter and thinking that their body is safe. It’s not. In most cases you will need a whole house water filter to make sure that you are totally protected from ingesting and absorbing contaminants.