World Water Day-What Are You Drinking?

Clean water and how do we get it?

“Approximately 40% of the lakes in America are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming.”

“Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year.”

“Cleanups can save animals’ lives and discourage people from littering in the future.”               Source

Ottawa hosts a clean up day. We can do our part to keep our city pretty for this 150th epic year of celebrations !

How to Sterilize Water:

Boiling is sufficient to kill pathogenic bacteria (which cause infections, pneumonia strep throat, etc) and viruses. If it’s cloudy, run it through a clean cloth or a coffee filter.

Tap vs Bottle

An excerpt from a CBC News Report on September 26, 2014:

“40% of bottled water is bottled TAP WATER! Yes, you read correctly. As I stated in my article about the deceptions of bottled water, 40 percent of bottled water is just bottled tap water, which may or may not have received additional filtration. Also, drinking from plastic bottles is not a good idea.”

Aquafina Ingredients

Bottlers aren’t required to list their source on the label. So what are you getting?

Aquafina- since 2008, they have labelled their source as public water.

Nestle Pure Life- now indicate their source-check the label, it varies.

Dasani-only on their website do they mention their source-local water.

One company (name was not provided) labelled its water “spring water”. The actual source was located near a hazardous waste site.

Concerned About Chlorine In Your Tap Water?

Through the years, I learned if you leave a glass of water out on the counter for 12-24 hours, the chlorine, and any other nasties, will evaporate. This is no longer a way to eliminate it since water is now being treated with chloramine which takes way too long to eliminate.

Ozone…Good or Bad?

Good Cases for Ozone: there are claims that it is reliable in eliminating pathogens (Pathogen is anything that causes a disease) ie Bacterium, Virus or Fungus, boosting the immune system and providing more oxygen to the brain.

Ozone is an oxidant-but don’t we ingest antioxidants is to eliminate these?

Bad Cases: Ozone could accelerate aging – Remember Oxidization from a previous post?

Ozone is a free radical that can cause cell damage. It can kill cancer causing cells (Bacterium) but may not be able to determine the good cells from the bad.

It adds acidity to the body, demanding the body to retrieve bicarbonate buffers (i.e., minerals) from other parts of the body (bones, teeth, etc.) in order to keep the blood pH at 7.36.

This is what is in the bottle of water I drank 2 weeks ago. I’m glad I’ve cut down on my consumption of bottled water!

Reverse Osmosis is one of the few ways to get rid of heavy metals such as chloramine and fluoride.

Filters attached to your tap is another way to decrease the level of chlorine in your drinking/cooking water.

Vitamin C is a new method since it is an antioxidant. Apparently, it takes 4 minutes after vitamin c makes contact with chlorine before diminishing the chemical. There are shower heads out there that claim to use vitamin c to eliminate chlorine but how can it if it takes 4 minutes for the process? Tablets would be better.

In general, there are no major health advantages to drinking bottled water instead of tap. It’s also interesting to note that bottled water may contain less fluoride than tap water, a chemical known to assist in good oral health. However, I found this one, on the left, that added fluoride.

Conspiracy Theorists are probably way ahead of us on this but it’s an interesting read anyway. Pros and Cons of Fluoride.

Another report on Fluoride by Dr. Barry Durrant-Peatfield states “It has been known since the latter part of the 19th century that certain communities, notably in Argentina, India and Turkey were chronically ill, with premature ageing, arthritis, mental retardation, and infertility; and high levels of natural fluorides in the water were responsible.” Full report.

Tap water is regulated by Health Canada along with our provinces and territories. The Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality​ is supposed to display maximum levels of potentially harmful substances that are allowed in drinking water to make sure they are within these limits. The link I found for The Guidelines was a bogus link. This link is a starting point, if you’re interested in digging.

The City of Ottawa conducts more than 125,000 water quality tests a year. The results of this monitoring are generally easily accessible to the public, often on city websites (an example from Toronto 2016) or by request.

Bottled water is not subject to the same guidelines because it is classified as a food and falls under the Food and Drugs Act. Aside from arsenic, lead and coliform bacteria, the act does not set limits on specific contaminants but says simply that food products cannot contain “poisonous or harmful substances” and must be prepared in sanitary conditions.

Spring and mineral water is subject to a few more rules: it must be fit for human consumption at the source and can’t be treated in any way that would modify its composition, other than by adding carbonation, ozone or fluoride.

On a strange note, overhydration is very real.

The Fight for Good Drinking Water

In 2004, while tending bar in North Carolina, Doc Hendley held his first fund-raiser to act upon cleaning drinking water in Third World countries. This experience founded his non-profit organization Wine to Water.

“I dreamed of building an organization that fought water related death and disease using different methods than anyone else. So, I started raising money to fight this water epidemic the best way I knew how, by pouring wine and playing music.”     -Doc Hendley

With limited funds, Doc realized that he couldn’t build new wells costing $10,000 a pop, but he could hire local workers to restore a damaged well for $50 each. He’d found his mission. Today, Doc and Wine to Water continue to help repair and maintain water- containment systems in places like Darfur, Cambodia, Uganda, and Haiti.

He has provided clean drinking water to 500,000 people in 25 countries and is still an active part of many worldwide projects to bring safe drinking water to underdeveloped countries.

Now, he raises funds through wine tastings. In 2013, bartenders in 16 different countries donated their tips to his cause.

Doc managed to find time to write a book and just completed touring in the States promoting it.

In 2011, Brutocao Family Vineyards, of Mendocino County, and Wine To Water decided to form a partnership. $4.00 of every bottle sold goes towards projects to clean up drinking water.

We drink wine so why not save a life by having a glass or two!

If you don’t want to spend your money on wine, please spend 3 minutes to listen to Doc’s inspirational story.

To raise awareness, public relations at Wine To Water developed what was labelled as a machine that would turn water into wine to draw attention to the company Wine to Water. It was, of course, a hoax but it did the trick. They have since written a formal apology but do not regret the lives they have saved by cleaning up third world drinking water.

‘Almost two million children die each year from contaminated water and poor sanitation,’ -Philip James, PR rep with Wine to Water

You, too, can offer your help and become a volunteer. The organization provides filters in emergency situations and teaches how to make their own filters for communities. From the video, you’ll see that the volunteers carry water, build structures, initiate and repair wells, develop and train leaders to sustain drinkable water.

“A lot of people think because the number is so big, what can one person really do? It’s just too overwhelming. But if you think, I could help one other person or five other people or one village, you can make a huge difference.” – Doc Hendley

What about you? What about me? What can we do?

And check your labels!


Posted by Kim Ratcliffe-Doe on March 22, 2017


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