Water Crisis in Ohio

Water has been in the news lately. As I am in the water treatment business (city, well, pond, cistern, commercial, residential and farm), I have first rate knowledge of water problems. This is a very complex issue and I will “boil” it down and simplify it. Basically, it involves 3 tiers. Government regulations, standards and semantics.

Excessive lead levels found in 37 homes in Sebring, the Ohio EPA says

Unsafe Lead Levels in Tap Water Not Limited to Flint

Local Dole plant linked to recall closes temporarily

So how and why did it happened?

Flint 2.0? Officials failed to warn Sebring, Ohio residents of lead-contaminated water for months

Lead, other contaminants taint water in Ohio communities

10 of 14 Ohio water systems failed to alert residents to lead on time

Ohio among worst for lead violations in water systems

Group says cancer-causing toxin found in NE Ohio drinking water systems

It’s not about the water, but Cleveland has a higher rate of lead poisoning than Flint, Michigan

The following crises that you may not have heard of, but will in the future.

EPA: Toxic sediment under Lake Erie spreading towards Cleveland’s intake water plant

There are mixed reactions and comments from various officials. In one case, they said the blob is not toxic and yet they recommend to top “the toxic sludge” with more sludge.

They said it does not move, yet one report said it is nine miles from the intake. Another report says it is five miles out.

The following is an actual drinking report from Barberton, Ohio, stating that the contaminants in water violated the maximum contaminant level for TTHM.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? The levels detected do not pose an immediate risk to your health. However, some people who drink water containing TTHM in excess of MCL (minimum standards) over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous systems, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. WHAT IS BEING DONE? “We are investigating.” This notice appeared for four years.

This same wording in the Barberton drinking water notice was sent out for many years.

I have attached a copy of an “open letter” I have written to the Ohio community and I did not want to alarm the public at that time. But I wanted them to take action on the quality of their water. It seems we don’t take action until it becomes a crisis.

PLEASE do not wait for a crisis.

If I told you that your water meets all EPA and government standards “and does not pose an immediate risk to your health,” would you drink that water and allow your children to drink that water?

By law, if water contaminates are above government standards, and drinking notice must be sent to home owners (30, 60, 90 days). Here are actual Northeast Ohio water drinking notices:

1) Document #1 – drinking water notice – 2010.
2) Document #2 – drinking water notice – 2012.
3) Document #3 – drinking water notice – 2013.
4) Document #4 – drinking water notice – 2014.

To this day, I have not received a satisfactory answer as to what is an “immediate risk” versus an “imminent risk”. Also note, if you are not a home owner and you do not receive this notice, we have products for renters.

If you think this is only in Barberton, Ohio, see Document #5, Youngstown 2015 and notice the text is identical. So what is the answer?

GET A WHOLE-HOUSE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM!

Have the company test your water (certified with the Department of Health) and he will recommend a proper system or a combination of them.

To give you an idea what types of systems are in the market, We have enclosed Chart #6. Note that a high-quality reverse osmosis system will remove 100% of lead and fluoride. We have been asked about bottled water, cooler, Brita Filter and Pur Filter. Because of this subject on water, I will continue the rest of the story next week. So stay tuned.

NOTE: We are certified with the Department of Health. We will test your water for free in the Northeast Ohio area only and will offer you recommendations.

Cleveland, Ohio – EWG tap water database 2009.

Toxic algae bloom leaves 500,000 without drinking water.

No. 7: photo of algae blooms in Lake Erie.

Water Cooler
Instead of tap water, water coolers are a popular alternative.

1) People fill this water cooler with fruit punch, beer, soup, fish and reptiles, and then give it to the company to refill, and you hope they clean it thoroughly.
2) The spout is handled many times and is now contaminated.
3) If stored outside, the sun will cause a chemical reaction to the plastic.

Pur Water Filter
Guess why Pur is without the “e” (pure). It gets clogged up and leaks. Bacteria tends to grow at room temperature.

Bottled Water
Bottled water has more problems and many recalls. It actually uses tap water with chlorine removed. Bottled water must always be refrigerated. If left at room temperature or in a hot car, bacteria will tend to grow. If the bottled water is left in the sun, chemical reaction with plastic will result in a health risk.

Top 449 Complaints and Review on Pur Water Filter

Health Warning Over Water Cooler: Health and Safety

Is Brita Water Healthy? Livestrong.com

The answer to these problems is to get a Reverse Osmosis System.