Water And Lies, and What You Can Do About It.

There is a “new” water contamination issue in the news; lead in the water in Newark, NJ. People are up in arms and officials are denying that they knew anything about it.

But here’s the thing, this isn’t a new issue and the officials are lying. My father and I traveled to New Jersey multiple times over 20 years to give a presentation about water quality to the New Jersey School Board and other officials. They knew that there was a significant problem with lead in the water back then. Their solution: flush out the water pipes in the schools before the kids got there, at least on the days that the State was going to test the water.

Nothing ever happened as a result of our meetings, and I’m pretty darn confident that their solution today is the same as it was then. Some residents have been given cheap little water filters, but guess what? They don’t work.

Filters like that often say that they can remove lead from the water, but then you will notice that there is an * astrix by the claim. Read the small print and you will find that the filters are approved to remove FLAKES of lead, but not dissolved lead. Again, deception.

If there is one thing to take from all of my writings about water quality it’s this…

Your water safety is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! Do not rely on the government to take care of your water. It will never happen.

Educate yourself on different treatment methods, and if you are able, get a good water distiller. A good, customized filter / RO system could also provide a high level of protection (not as good as a distiller), but you if you choose this route you need to talk to a local water specialist, and be prepared to pay a good penny because you get what you pay for.

My recommendation, as always, is this.

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  1. Golly, what good can I say about Newark? Actually what good can I say about the whole state of New Jersey? Ahh, I know. Washington whipped the Hessians in a decisive battle in New Jersey. When I was growing up I lived outside Philadelphia and New Jersey was, thankfully, across the river and not contiguous even that long ago. Philly had a mob problem but Jersey REALLY had a mob problem. Philly had terrible drinking water, Jersey’s water was totally unpotable. Perhaps a bit over the top, but it certainly isn’t a shock to me to read that Newark’s water is contaminated with lead and the authorities are doing a Sergeant Shultz routine, “We know nuzzingk” New Jersey is one of the leading states for losing population (that sounds like a double negative) I wonder why?

    1. I would say it like this: New Jersey has obviously unsafe water, while many other places have non-obvious unsafe water.

  2. Safe drinking water is a huge concern for many of us. I live in a rural area where we are on well water, the same sand-point well hand driven by grandpa back in the 50’s. With all the Round-Up being sprayed on the farmland near us, it won’t be long before it’s made it into our water supply. I’m very interested in your Survival Still for safe water now and in case of an emergency!

  3. Here in the Ozarks, lead-mining used to be a big thing, but I had never really thought of lead in the water…
    We have a lot of crystal-clear spring-fed rivers and creeks, and I’ve drank from a number of natural springs with no obvious ill-effects. But maybe it’s time to test the water from my well.

    1. Most of the dangerous contaminants that can be in water are tasteless, odorless and invisible. And well water is not necessarily better.

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