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The Case For Conservation

Bottled Water and Energy Consumption

No matter what information you research, drinking water out of the tap can be compromised, and bottled water is becoming an environmental plague.

  • Chlorine is a carcinogen.

  • Heavy metals found in city drinking supplies.

  • Bottled water is tasty but costly.

The Pacific Institute says that the entire energy costs of a bottle of water's lifecycle are equivalent to filling up a quarter of each bottle with oil. Multiply that by the 35 billion bottles of water consumed in America in 2006. Or consider that making bottles to meet America's demand for bottled water – 17 million barrels of oil were used in 2007. That's enough fuel for one-million US cars a year. Then there is the 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide associated with the production, shipping and waste of bottled water.

Salt and Potassium Water Conditioning

It’s official. While the established soft water industry has fought tooth and nail to oppose AB1366, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced his signing legislation aimed at reducing California’s greenhouse gas emissions, which included AB1366.

AB 1366 addresses excess salinity from residential water softeners. The bills addresses surface and groundwater supplies that are susceptible to salt contamination from conventional water softening systems. The bill includes the Central Coast hydrologic region.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports, Most softeners waste water and cause recycling and sewage treatment issues. The most environmentally damaging softeners are the type that use salt and regenerate on a preset timer schedule. The amount of water used for regeneration varies, but is roughly 75 gallons. Many systems are set to regenerate too frequently.

The water softeners that regenerate on a preset schedule were banned in the city of Scotts Valley in the early 1990s, mainly to prevent overloading the wastewater recycling system with sodium.

What About Reverse Osmosis?

Here’s what water expert Sam Beckett writes:

Drinking water that has gone through a process of reverse osmosis is not advisable, particularly if you plan on drinking it for more than, say, a week long period. Your normal drinking water contains many different dissolves compounds..., nowhere in nature will you find pure water, and there is a reason for this. Water, in its pure form, is highly reactive. Left open to the environment it will quickly absorb carbon dioxide from the air and the water will be quite acidic - not advisable if you plan on drinking it. In addition to that, pure water (as in water treated with reverse osmosis) will also draw minerals from the body in order to replace those that have been removed from it in the reverse osmosis process. This will include calcium from the bones and teeth, and potassium which is vital for heart function. Such mineral loss, over a long period of time, is likely to lead to arthritis, osteoporosis, hypothyroidism, coronary heart disease and so on.

Add these facts to your favorite trivia games:

  • The average adult consumes about 10,600 gallons of water over a lifetime.

  • The EPA estimates 9.7 billion pounds of industrial wastes are yearly released into US waters.

  • An EPA survey discovered the carcinogen nitrate in more than half of the drinking-water wells tested across the country.

  • In 38 states, 74 different pesticides were found in drinking wells.

  • Four out of every five of the nation's 1000 worst hazardous waste dumps leak toxins into the ground water.

  • Of the 2.5 million underground gasoline storage tanks, as many as 25% leak gas into local ground water, says the EPA.

  • The 30-million acres of lawn in the US receive 2.5 times more pesticides than farm crops. These pesticides eventually end up in local water supplies.

  • THMs or trihalomethanes are a byproduct of chlorine reaction with organic material in water, like leaves and decaying vegetation. THMs are suspected causes of some birth defects and certain kinds of cancer if consumed regularly in drinking water.

There Are Alternatives

Mermaid Pure™ water systems by Riptide Alchemy now provides a whole house system with mixed media filtration capabilities that remove chlorine and other chemical contaminants and heavy metals from all the water in your home. Our mixed media system allows us to condition water without relying on excess salt or potassium. All water systems from Riptide Alchemy expressly follow all government and water quality guidelines in the manufacturing and delivery of the highest quality product to the consumer.

For more information about water and our environment, please visit our blogs:

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