It’s not a stretch of the imagination to think that a town’s water could be contaminated by a local well. It could happen anywhere, anytime.
The fact of the matter is that a town using a contaminated well has already happened in many places in the United States, with the latest being a small town in Illinois. Many of the town residents don’t even have water distillers or water distillation systems in place either.
The twist to this story was that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dismissed the Crestwood residents’ concerns, telling them the water wasn’t “that” contaminated because it was diluted with Lake Michigan water. To the unending astonishment of the whole town, the EPA stated the amount of vinyl chloride contaminated well water had been adequately diluted by lake water. This is like being a “little” pregnant.
The town and the EPA were on the same song sheet indicating that the mixture of the two sources of water actually made it harmless. Eleven thousand residents wanted to know about those who had been drinking contaminated water since 1985, and rightfully so, considering the risks of cancer and other illnesses potentially caused by vinyl chloride. To say the town isn’t convinced the risks are minimal is a major understatement. Vinyl chloride in small amounts over a span of many years has the potential to be deadly and telling people otherwise is a foolish move.
Needless to say, the end result of these revelations and the assurances that nothing is wrong hasn’t gone over well with those who live in the town. So far there have been several lawsuits filed accusing the village of making people sick with the contaminated water. Close to 25 years of drinking contaminated water is enough to give anyone nightmares. Evidently the EPA is doing a bad job of trying to point the finger of blame at someone else who no longer works for the department.
With all the flap about the contaminated water and how it may have affected people’s health, questions have arisen about what would make home water safer. It’s bad enough that vinyl chloride was in the water along with other chemicals called volatile organic compounds, but what could residents do to provide safe water for themselves and their families?
Over the years there have been many companies claiming that their method of filtering water is the best, the safest and the only way to get fresh water for drinking. The fallacy with that is most of the systems being touted have major flaws, with the biggest one being that carbon filters themselves may become a contaminate if they are not cleaned and changed on a regular basis. In addition, no filter based water purification system will touch most of the invisible riders in the water. The water may look clear and smell all right, but if a carbon filter water system is being used, chances are the water is “not” all right.
The simple truth is that only water distillers and true water distillation systems will provide the freshest water; the way it was intended to be by Mother Nature.