It’s hard to picture this, but it’s true. The US Environmental Agency provided bottled water to people in Rogersville, MO.
In a moment that can only be defined as truly astounding, the US Environmental Agency (EPA) actually trucked in bottled water to residents in Rogersville, Mo., when 12 wells had been identified as being contaminated with TCE (trichloroethylene) and E. coli. Not a nice combination to be sure and no one seems to know where the contamination is coming from either. Hence the water being brought in to residents until the matter is sorted out.
To be fair, the EPA is also providing filtration systems along with the bottled water, but there is no word on what type of filtration systems are in place and whether or not they are truly effective to eliminate these two contaminants. Those on well water are not particularly amused by this state of affairs and while grateful for the bottled water in the short term, are concerned about the purity of that water. While this is a smart gesture and shows that the government agency is concerned about the people in the area, the EPA may have been better off to offer water distillation systems and distilled water.
Local residents are right to have concerns about the water they are getting, since 25% of the bottled water on the market comes from tap water and just about 35% of all gastrointestinal illness can be attributed to contaminated tap water. The nasty thing about tap water is that it is full of a variety of things no one should drink; not just one of two things that would cause concern, but thousands of chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, drugs and bacteria. In other words, you’d probably want to think twice before using bottled water as a substitute for distilled water, even if it were only for a short period of time.
Bottled water is notorious for being not very pure and in some cases, has only been run through a couple of ineffective filters; filters that don’t do a darn thing to make your water fresh and safe. Only water distillers will provide the safest and freshest water for the people in Rogersville. As an alternative, they may also want to consider water distillation systems for their homes.