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                August is National Water Quality Month

The Menopause Awareness Month organization has a vision that women all over the world will one day be able to embrace menopause rather than suffer from its symptoms. Their goal is simple: to educate people about menopause, and shine light on innovations in menopausal science and technology. They want to be the go-to online source for everything menopause,  from general information about symptoms, relief, treatments to anecdotal relief and support systems. Menopause is broken into 3 parts : Perimenopause, Menopause, and  Postmenopause
and here on Ask Nurse Z , we are going to tell you all about it.

Emphasizing how interlinked water systems are, the Audobon Society points to the dangers of runoff from agriculture, forestry, construction and people's personal yards:

"Each individual household may not produce enough pollution to force a beach closing or cause a fish kill, but the combined output of all the homes in a community can be severe. And, consider that about half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coastline where runoff flows quickly to the ocean. This is why watershed protection — attention not only to the body of water but the area that drains into it — is important.

 


Water is the most necessary   element that we consume!

Drinking adequate clean water

has been proven to improve and maintain your health!

 

Here is a list of just a few important ways:

  • Nearly 60% of your body weight is water. About 75% of your muscles are made of water.
  • Our bodies receive water three ways: from food, from drinking and from metabolism.
  • The old "8 glasses a day" is a fine standard... depending on what size glass you use! We need about 2.5 liters per day.
  • Water may help suppress your appetite.
  • Drinking enough water helps many medical ailments: chronic fatigue, allergies, depression, digestive problems, urinary tract problems, constipation and more.
  • Drinking enough water actually prevents water retention.
  • Water helps you improve your muscle tone.
 
 

The Environmental Protection Agency, which reports that 40 percent of the nations waterways suffer water quality problems, has a detailed watershed database, which allows users to locate which watershed they live in and learn about how polluted it is and what actions they can take to protect their regional water quality.
 


Clean Water Action offers a concise but thorough fact sheet on what individuals and families can do to prevent water pollution from their homes,

 

As Consumers and Citizens We All Have To   

         Fight Groundwater Contamination

We need to find out and know what contaminants pose the greatest threat to groundwater, which supplies drinking water for at least 50% of the United States, and is the sole source of drinking water for many communities.  

  • Agricultural Wastes, Pesticides, and Fertilizers
  • Mining Wastes
  • Human Garbage Dumps
  • Poorly Maintained Septic and Sewerage Systems
  • Industrial Waste
  • Oil and Gas Drilling Operations, including Hydraulic Fracturing (also known as Fracking)
  • Support the organizations working to spread awareness about groundwater contaminants and protect water supplies:
  • Groundwater Foundation
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Freshwater Society
  • Clean Water Action
  • Center for Food Safety
 



Human Garbage Dumping
The Beginning of the Cycle of Animal & Agricultural Wastes, Pesticides, and Fertilizers leading to Ground Water Contamination
 

How Does Drinking Contaminated Water Affect Our Health?


Safe drinking water is essential to life. People in the U.S. often take safe drinking water for granted, but there are situations in which your water supply can become contaminated. Bacteria, viruses and pollutants can affect the water, and if you drink it, you could become ill immediately or, if the contamination is undetected and you drink it for a long period, you could develop chronic health issues.

Contaminants
According to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, there are four types of contaminants that can enter your drinking supply: microbial pathogens like salmonella and dysentery, organic compounds like pesticides and solvents, inorganic compounds like arsenic and lead, and radioactive elements like radon. 

Microbes can make you sick right away -- some symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. The other three types of contaminants usually don't cause any symptoms right away, but they can build up in your system over time and cause problems like thyroid disease and cancer.

Sources
If your water source is exposed to the air, like a lake or reservoir, then it is exposed to acid rain and runoff from storms. During extreme rainy seasons, animal waste, pesticides and industrial waste that would normally be on the ground can end up in the water source. Sunlight and beneficial microbes break down some contaminants naturally. 

Well water can be contaminated when contaminants seep into the ground water from sources nearby, like improperly sealed waste dumping areas. Wells don't get contaminated as easily as open-air water sources, but it also can take a long time for the natural cleaning process to work.
Safety
From time to time, communities will issue boil-water alerts, asking residents to treat all water before use. During a boil-water alert, you should not use any untreated water for brushing your teeth, cooking or drinking. You can shower with untreated water if you avoid getting it in your eyes and mouth. Boiling water will kill most bacteria, viruses and parasites but will not affect chemical contaminants or radiation.
Regulation
Although water is rarely 100 percent pure, you can expect it to be safe for drinking. As a result of the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency sets the rules for what level of specific contaminants is acceptable in water systems. The EPA requires towns and cities to test their drinking water regularly and publishes the results in an annual water quality report. The agency does not regulate every possible water contaminant and doesn't test wells at private homes. If you are worried about your water supply, contact your local health department for information about water testing laboratories. Depending on how detailed you want the test to be, the test can cost from $15 to hundreds of dollars, as of publication.

 



















 

President Obama has taken unprecedented action for a clean energy economy and protecting our environment by prioritizing clean water.

 

The Obama Administration is taking comprehensive action to ensure the integrity of the waters Americans rely on every day for drinking, swimming, and fishing, and that support farming, recreation, tourism, and economic growth. “We have proposed a rule clarifying Clean Water Act protections for important waters; launched innovative partnerships and programs to improve water quality and water efficiency; and created initiatives to revitalize communities and economies by restoring rivers and critical watersheds”. The Obama Administration is also modernizing the guidelines that govern federal water resource investment, calling for water resources projects based on sound science, improved transparency, and giving voice to local communities.

                                            Working Toward Environmental Justice
Because we all deserve the chance to live, learn, and work in healthy communities, the Obama administration is committed to ensuring that communities overburdened by pollution – particularly minority, low-income and indigenous communities – have the opportunity to enjoy the health and economic benefits of a clean environment. After more than a decade of inaction, the Administration reconvened the Environmental Justice Interagency Working Group and engaged more than 100 environmental justice leaders at a White House forum. Federal agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding formally committing to environmental justice, and have since taken steps to integrate environmental justice into federal decision-making and program.

 

Conclusion: Why is it important to protect drinking water?

  • Protecting drinking water makes good public health sense.  Water is necessary to all living things. It makes up approximately 70% of the human body's weight and plays a role in its functions, such as digestion and cooling.  Without clean drinking water, we could not survive.  If the drinking water is contaminated, many health risks can result: bacteria can result in illnesses such as hepatitis or cholera; a component of gasoline, benzene, is known to be a carcinogen; lead causes kidney, liver, and nerve damage as well as pregnancy risks.
  • Protecting our drinking water makes good economic sense. Water is easy to contaminate but difficult and expensive to clean up.  Once water becomes contaminated, it must be treated or an alternate source of water must be found.  This is expensive and causes the water system to pass on this expense to the consumer.  Contaminated water deters new businesses and industry from forming in the community.
  • Protecting drinking water makes good environmental sense.  In the past, people thought that if we buried chemicals in the ground they would disappear.  This is now a proven fallacy that has resulted in dire consequences for our environment.  Everything we put into the environment accumulates.  If one person pours diesel fuel on an ant bed, he or she may feel that no harm is being done to the environment.  However, if everyone pours diesel fuel on their ant beds, we have a large scale problem.  One gallon of used oil can contaminate one million gallons of water.  Contamination can take years to clean up and not all ground water contamination can be treated successfully with current technology.  This is why pollution prevention is crucial and we all can look at ways to improve our waste disposal and contribute to the solution of improved water quality.
 









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  Resources for Organizations/Information on Water Quality Activism

  • Groundwater Foundation
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Freshwater Society
  • Clean Water Action
  • Center for Food Safety

Article References
How Does Drinking Contaminated Water Affect Our Health?http://www.livestrong.com/article/459061-how-does-drinking-contaminated-water-affect-our-health/Valerie Webber
www.whitehouse.gov/energy/our-environment
http://www.goodspeaks.org/event/august-is-national-water-quality-month
http://weightloss.about.com/library/blwater

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    We can all make some improvements in taking care of the earth, for now and the future!

 

 

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What are your best health practices?


Do you recycle and are conscience of disposing of liquids for health sake?


What would you tell your 12 year old self about taking care of your health?


Do you drink bottled or filtered water? Whats the next level to ensure clean drinking water for you?

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