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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
In Part 1 of our two-part series we discussed some general concerns affecting all parents who provide unfiltered tap water to their children. In this second part, we want to narrow our focus and address some important concerns as they apply to minority and rural households and the children who may live in those households.

As mentioned in Part 1, Federal and State water contaminant limits (aka maximum contaminant levels) are based on what healthy adults can ingest without harm. That same amount of contamination, when ingested by a child, can lead to illnesses and possible developmental problems later on in life for that child. This is true universally, but the hazards of water-borne disease and tap water contaminants in general, increases for certain socio-economic populations. This increased exposure takes place primarily within minority communities and rural communities. Let's look at these individually.

Minority communities may be more at risk to tap water contamination because these communities are often housed in older homes and apartments. Older homes and apartments often have old pipes and lots of lead solder within their plumbing. In addition to increased exposure to lead, these same structures often have older copper piping which can leach copper into the drinking water, along with several other types of contaminants.

Rural communities face the same challenges as mentioned above. Many farms and homes in rural areas are older and will have old pipes, leading to the same health hazards—lead and copper contamination. But rural area children who drink tap water may be faced with another health hazard, namely pesticides.

Pesticides, fertilizers, and nitrates are commonly found in ground water sources in rural areas. Due to run off from fields into streams, rivers, and lakes these same chemicals may be found in treated surface water as well. It is particularly important for parents who live in these areas to be aware of heavy rains and snow melts as these events often lead to rivers and other water sources being overloaded with potentially contaminated run off water. Tap water in these areas can change composition virtually overnight, and may not be easily detected by the consumer who is drinking that water.

The best way to avoid water contamination problems is to prevent them from happening in the first place. This can be accomplished by install quality water filters. Today's modern water filters are both affordable and effective. Consumers can purchase very affordable point of use water filters or they can invest in whole-house water filtration systems. Parents who reside in older buildings should, at a minimum, purchase water filters to remove lead from their drinking water taps (kitchen and bathroom). In all honesty, your child's health may depend on it.

If you are not sure which type of water filter to use, contact a reliable water filter vendor and discuss your needs. They will be more than happy to assist you with the proper purchase.


by: Chris Tracey

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