Improve the water quality in your home

When we think of pollution we often think of dirty, toxic substances that are being disposed of improperly, that are harmful to us and the environment. However, scientists are detecting pharmaceuticals such as birth control pills, anti-depressants, along with chemicals from everyday products like shampoo are in our rivers and streams as well.

According to this story by the New York Times, increasing amounts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products, also referred to as P.P.C.P.’s, are being detected in the nation’s waterways thanks to better monitoring and detecting technology and to a general upswing in the population consuming pharmaceuticals.

According to Christian Daughton, a scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency, public water supplies remove or alter many chemical compounds, thanks to chlorination and filtration with activated charcoal. However, some scientists debate whether even “low levels” of P.P.C.P.’s are tolerable or safe for us and our environment.

Read the entire New York Times story, “Drugs are in the water. Does it matter?”

If you are concerned about the water quality in your home, here are some things you can do:

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Omni Filter Undersink Replacement Water Filter - Sale price: $9.90
  • Add a water filter to your home tap or add an under sink water filter. The Omni Filter Undersink Replacement Water Filter, Misc GAC1-SS, is recommended for those using well water.
  • Make sure all the water in your home is clean, with a whole-house water filter. Replacement whole house water filters by GE use a carbon filtration system to make sure the water you shower, drink, and wash with is clean and pure.
  • Many of today’s refrigerators include refrigerator water filters that strip away impurities from the water and ice being dispensed by them. Below are the most popular makers of refrigerator water filters including: Amana, Frigidaire, GE, Maytag, Whirlpool, and many others.

Don’t discard extra medications by flushing them down the toilet. If you need to get rid of expired, or unneeded meds, check with your local pharmacy to see if they offer a medication “recycling” program. Such programs will dispose of the drugs safely and in a way that does not harm us or the environment.

To find out about Prescription Drug Return, Reuse and Recycling Laws visit the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The Website has a search directory of all the places accepting unwanted or expired medications. Just enter your zip code for place where you can recycle your expired drugs.

One thought on “Improve the water quality in your home

  1. Hi. I’m having a real problem here. I have a reasonably new Sunbeam floor standing bottled water cooler/water heater w/small referigerator in the bottom big enough to put in say about 12 cans of 12 oz. beverages. This particular model refrigerates water, heats water for hot beverages and has three water dispencer taps for the two aforementioned water treatments as well as a third for just cool untreated water dispencing if one chooses to hook up the plumbing to the back of the appliance for water disp-encing of untreated water. Meaning water neither cooled or heated. The Model No. of this appliance is as taken off the back, YLR2-90Hz3. Manufactured in accordance with U.S. and Canadian Standards. I need internal parts for the bottled water holding tank where the water is refrigerated. These parts keep the water from overflowing the water holding tank and are made of plastic. Mine are warpt. Probably from freezing or maybe from heat exposure. I don’t know how heat got up there. But anyway. This bottled water cooler cost me well over $600.00. And not near long enough ago for me to justifyably be able to throw it out as being no good anymore. It still refrigerates very well. All of it works quite well as a matter of fact. I definatly need to find the parts to fix this appliance made by Sunbeam. If anyone out there knows anything at all about where I can go to accomplish this mission, please let me know. APWagners responces have been of a nonconcerned nature. So please do not dirrect me to them. Thank you. Sincerely, Dave

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