Water Contaminants

What You Should Know about Fluoride in Drinking Water

Water is crucial to survival. We cannot attain optimal health without clean and healthy water. However, the water we have found ourselves drinking and using nowadays contains several harmful chemicals. One of these dangerous chemicals is fluoride, usually found in large amounts in municipal tap water. Surprising, isn’t it? Contrary to expectations, the government’s tap water to our homes is treated with fluoride because it allegedly improves our dental health. But this is far from the truth. Fluoride Explained The human body contains many essential trace elements, and fluoride is one of them. Depending on the dose, fluoride can have...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

September 13, 2021

Protect Children from Lead Exposure in Drinking Water

Although Flint, Mich, and Newark, N.J, have excessively high levels of lead-contaminated drinking water, the situation is not unique. Generally, millions of Americans may be drinking lead-contaminated water unknowingly because of old lead pipes, faucets, or other plumbing fixtures that have a high lead concentration. Lead has devastating effects, especially in children, causing effects that can last a lifetime. Common Causes of Lead Exposure Instinctively, children put toys, fingers, and other objects in their mouths, thus, putting them in danger of contacting lead paint or dust. Contact with chips, dusts in buildings, and old lead paint in homes is a...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

September 09, 2021

Enjoy Clean Drinking Water During Power Outage

The importance of electricity in our lives cannot be overemphasized. It is one resource that finds multiple vital applications in our everyday life, including cooling, heating, lighting, refrigeration, and running all electrical appliances. Over 3.8 trillion kWh of electricity was used in the United States only in 2020 – 13x more than the consumption rates of the 1950s. You will agree that life without electricity will never be the same. But the truth is the more we cannot do without electricity, the more vulnerable we are to problems that come with blackouts, including water scarcity. Climate, Weather, and Power Supply...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

September 06, 2021

How Global Warming Is A Threat to Water Resources

Although half the year has gone by in 2021, it is still unbelievable for most people. The events around the world are so surreal, and it looks like the doomsday movie is happening in the real world. From the volcanic eruptions in the Philippines to influenza B in the United States and blizzards in Canada, it all looked like the earth unleashed its hell mode. Other situations like rare storms in Brazil, fire disasters in Australia, and coronavirus worldwide were also happening concurrently. Initially, the disasters didn't attract much attention. It all started as a wildfire, then a drought, and...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

August 19, 2021

Avoiding The Harmful Effects of Water Contaminated with Heavy Metals

Our water supply plays a significant role on our personal health, the environment, climate change, and much more. Statistically speaking, by 2025 over half of the world will be residing in regions facing stressful water supplies. This will be particularly true for countries with predominantly low to middle income households. The risks posed to regions such as this only serve to further highlight the importance of determining the amount of heavy metals in surrounding water sources, if only to decrease the dangers posed to human health. The Agency for Research on Cancer (or IARC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (or...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

August 12, 2021

How Does Drinking Water Become Contaminated?

In the United States, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates drinking water among public water systems through the Safe Drinking Water Act. The act sets a maximum concentration level for water chemicals and pollutants that we come into contact with. Contaminants are physical, chemical, biological, or radiological substances or matter in water. Anything other than water molecules may be considered a contaminant. Contaminants can be naturally occurring, caused by human activity, or both. Drinking water requires treatment that removes dangerous contaminants. If consumed, some drinking water contaminants can lead to health effects, such as gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems, and...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

August 11, 2021

The New Delta Variant And Its Implication On Drinking Water Safety

As of July 22, the COVID-19 Delta variant has been confirmed in about 80% of COVI-19 UC Davis Health patients. The CDC also reported that this new variant is responsible for over 80% of new COVID-19 cases across the country. According to the experts, the high contagious rates of the new strain are not unexpected, considering new strains are always more developed and easier to transmit among people. The Risk Is Higher for People without Vaccines. People who are yet to complete their COVID-19 vaccination are at a higher risk of the new Delta variant. Areas like Alabama, Arkansas, West...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

August 10, 2021

Protecting Your Water During Natural Disasters Seasons

The United States is vulnerable to almost all natural disasters, from storms to wildfires and others. Over the last five years, loss from natural disasters has risen to over $600 billion. The average record is over 60,000 deaths across the world. And with the increasing global climate change, the United States is even at a higher risk of more disasters. Considering all of these factors, it is important to know how to stay protected in the face of these disasters. It may take several years to recover from a disaster that lasted for a few minutes. From major infrastructural damages...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

August 09, 2021

The Importance of Cleaning Your Swimming Pool

Tokyo Bay's Smelly Swimming Situation Recent heavy rainfall has led to a situation in Tokyo Bay concerning sewage leakage and runoff. With the Olympics in Tokyo well underway, there were rising concerns over the pool's putrid smell, in addition to various health concerns. Residents were already having to live with the issue of sewage runoff, however, Olympians were facing the possibly of swimming in water conditions contaminated with E. Coli. Recognizing the Symptoms of an E. Coli Infection Escherichia Coli, or E. Coli, is bacteria commonly found in the digestive system of mammals. Once infected, with a number of strains,...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

July 29, 2021

Saving Your Water From The Increasing Levels Of E. coli In Tokyo Bay

It’s the month of the Olympics! After it was previously postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is finally happening in 2021. The city of Tokyo is welcoming people from all over the world to enjoy the games. Despite the call to cancel the games, the WHO and the organizers decided to hold the games, but with strict health measures in place to protect everyone. However, several other issues need to be resolved. Let’s take a look at some of them; The Smelly Tokyo Bay City Tokyo Bay is at an increased risk of sewage leakage, as...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

July 28, 2021

What is the Best Way to Remove Chloramine from Water?

What is Chloramine in Water? The majority of the tap water supply in America has been treated by chloramine in the recent years. Just like chlorine, chloramine is a type of disinfectant added in water supply to improve drinking water quality and remove the harmful components. Chloramine is used to kill bacteria, viruses, and protozoan by breaking down their cell walls. This prevents them from causing diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, hepatitis, and typhoid. Since bacteria, viruses, and protozoa are too small for filters, there’s no physical or chemical-free method of handling these tiny contaminants in public water supply. Why...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

May 06, 2021

Is Well Water Safe to Drink?

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) reveals that, although most households of the U.S. population depend on a municipal water system for water, about 15% of them still drink water from a private well. EPA is responsible for monitoring and regulating municipal water supplies that is normally disinfected with chlorine at a local water treatment facility. On the other hand, the property owners are responsible for the monitoring, testing, and treating their private well and the water it provides. Well Water vs. City Water When a home relies on well water for its household water supply, it means they get their...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

April 21, 2021

Japan’s Plan to Dump Fukushima waste water into the Pacific Raises Safety Concern

Recently, Japan has announced it will release more than 1m tons of contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. The announcement triggered a warm discussion among neighboring countries, including China and South Korea. Will the Fukushima Radioactive Water Impact the US and Canada? Dumping nuclear waste water into the Pacific Ocean will cause a permanent harm to the entire human race and the ecological environments. The communities and environment the world depend on will suffer from serious, long-term consequences, more than what is expected. Asides from the obvious pollution in the ocean and sea...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

April 16, 2021

Can Home Water Treatment Deal with Lead Contaminated Water

The Flint water crisis started in 2014 that exposed the citizen's health with tap water contaminated by brain-damaging lead did shock the public. And it is just in the very recent, an analysis conducted by the Chicago Tribune also found that homes in Illinois had the lead levels in tap water as extreme as Flint during the past six years, consisting of hundreds and even thousands of parts per billion. It is believed that more communities in the United States are exposed to lead. What’s the reason for that? Table of Contents 1. What makes the city water get contaminated...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

April 11, 2021

What Is TDS and How to Measure It?

What is TDS in water? TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids and represents the total concentration of dissolved substances in water. TDS is the term used to describe the inorganic salts and small amounts of organic matter present in solution in water. The primary components of TDS are usually calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium cations and carbonate, hydrogencarbonate, chloride, sulfate, and nitrate anions. TDS in water supplies can originate from natural sources, sewage, urban and agricultural run-off, and industrial wastewater. The salts used for road de-icing in wintertime can also contribute to the TDS loading of water supplies. Is Low-TDS...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

March 25, 2021

How to Get Rid of PFAS Chemicals in Water

If you read the news a lot, you must have ever come across reports of PFAS(per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals found in wells, rivers, landfills, or groundwater somewhere in the US or elsewhere in other countries. According to a recent report by the Department of Environmental Protection,one-third of 114 Pennsylvania public water systems were found to contain the toxic PFAS chemicals, although none of them exceed the EPA’s upper limit of 70 PPM. In another report, the PFAS chemicals are detected in groundwater at nearly 60 closed landfills in Minnesota, at amounts higher than the state’s acceptable level for safe...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

March 25, 2021

How to Deal with the Bad Smells in Water After Huston Boil Advisory Lifted?

Reports of bad smells in water across the Huston area to the local water agency increased after the boil advisory was lifted on Feb, 20th. Huston citizens turned to social media complaining about the bad smell in the water, which some people suggest the water smells like chlorine and some people describe the water has a funny taste like dirt or metal, etc. Houston Public Works conducted more than 100 tests on drinking water samples since the boil notice was lifted on Sunday, the spokesperson claimed that although the smell of the water had noticeably changed, the drinking water actually...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

February 26, 2021

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Said, “Boil Tap Water Before Drinking”

The recent sudden power outage in Texas left everyone worried. Homes and businesses were left stranded after a deadly blast of winter left the electrical grid dead. Millions of Texans had to deal with the harsh weather, but this was only half of the problem. The other half is the absence of clean water due to the power outage.  Despite the power being restored to more homes and businesses just after a week, the crisis is still very much in place, with thousands of people unable to access safe drinking water. Part of the weather-related power outage impacts was frozen...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

February 21, 2021

How to Remove Chromium 6 in Water

The name “hexavalent chromium” gained the prominence in the Erin Brockovich’s lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which alerted the public about this cancer-causing chemical. The utility company was found liable for dumping this type of chemical into the groundwater of Hinkley, CA. PG&E disguised the crisis and deceived the community on the effects of the hexavalent chromium along with the possible connection to the health problems of the residents in the town. The residents reached a $333-million settlement with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for polluting the water, yet the story of Hinkley continues with no Hollywood ending,...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

December 16, 2020

Wildfires in California Raise Health Concerns over Contaminated Water

Wildfire leads to water contamination in California. Learn how to remove benzene and other toxic chemicals in the local water supply after wildfires. Table of Contents "The water smelled like diesel,” Gerald Buhrz, 77, said. "It smelled like you could probably light it with a match." This is a quote by a resident who lives in Santa Rosa, California. Luckily, the residents can detect the awful odor in water and report timely. Most of the time, chemicals dissolved in the drinking water after wildfires without a smell showing they're harmful. Benzene, for example, is a colorless chemical found in gasoline...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

October 17, 2020

Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in Water Supply 8 Texas Cities Were Alerted

Texas government releases disaster declaration over the safety of its city water supply. Read to learn how to access clean drinking water. Table of Contents --- Jenna Kieser/The FactsLake Jackson, Texas, residents stocked up on bottled water after the city released advisories about the water supply. It has been an arguable question when it comes to city water supply, especially after the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Is our city water treatment reliable? You may not get a positive answer now in Lake Jackson, Texas. The residents in Lake Jackson are stocking up on bottled water after the city released...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

September 27, 2020

Giant Rats – Another Reason to Get a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System

Giant rats have the dangerous potentials of infecting waterbodies with harmful parasites. Install a Waterdrop Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System in your home to filter your feedwater before drinking or cooking with it. Table of Contents Giant rats are threats to humans. Giant rats are more threatening and less friendly to the human population. Also known as Nutrias, these huge rodents appear ordinarily harmless at first glance. However, on a closer, scientific look, they are known to spread parasites to water bodies. And when humans proceed to drink or use the water for creation, it leads to severe human infections....

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

September 06, 2020

Make Your Water Lead-Free With These Proven Tips

How come my water is contaminated with lead? Does it matter if I drink water with a high level of lead? How I can remove it? Waterdrop is here to solve the mystery. Table of Contents We find Lead in drinking water nowadays, and this is due to the Lead plumbing fixtures, pipes, and other faucets used in transporting the water from the source to our homes. Another possible culprit is the use of archaic plumbing system – pipe fittings, welding solder, and plumbing fixtures, especially those made before 1986.  A closer look at the contamination process of tap water...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

September 03, 2020

What Should Be Filtered out of Water?

What organic and inorganic contaminants should be filtered out of water? What are the differences and how are they gonna effect my health? How can I remove them from my tap water? Waterdrop is here to answer your questions. Table of Contents Everyone probably knows that contaminants are present in water. The pesticides, Arsenics, Mercury, and Chlorines, of this world are not entirely new to us. But what most of us do not know is that they belong to two of most confusing types of water contaminant—the organic and inorganic contaminants.  The categorization, according to scientists, is necessary to facilitate...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

August 27, 2020

Does Reverse Osmosis Remove Bacteria and Viruses?

Bacteria and viruses are going inside your body through water! Is bottled water a way to a contaminant-free life? Why is RO the right choice? How does it work? Check out to learn more! Due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), you must engage in preventive actions at all times. For example, you should wash your hands regularly. And don’t forget that your drinking water is also important. During a COVID-19 outbreak, you must pay attention to your drinking water. If viruses are in your drinking water or the water from your kitchen faucet, they may enter your...

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle

June 01, 2020

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