Articles for Consumer Awareness:
The"3" Water Issues Plaguing NJ - Passaic and Morris Counties
Please do not let a company intimidate, create a panic or give the perception that there is an urgency for immediate action. The purpose off all these tactics are not for the sole benefit of you the consumer. It is rather to present a perceived call to action by you the consumer for the sole purpose for the company to sell products and services.
Per the waterandhealth.org article : "chlorine in the water is to destroy the bacteria and viruses that can enter a water system in many different ways. A chlorine residual provides the primary protection from these known and well-understood pathogens. It is the only effective, large-scale method for residual protection of drinking water..." The EPA requires treated tap water ... detectable level of chlorine to help prevent contamination. The allowable chlorine levels in drinking water (up to 4 parts per million) pose “no known or expected health risk [including] an adequate margin of safety.” Only chlorine based disinfectants can provide lasting protection from waterborne diseases throughout the distribution system from treatment plant to the consumer’s tap....The real danger, when it comes to chlorine, is eliminating its use. [waterandhealth.org article, By Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD
March 30, 2010]
Information is an asset if it is delivered unbiased and fully. I am addressing only NJ below:
99.99% in NJ, Lead has nothing to do with the water supplier, it has to do with the pipes in one’s home. Lead found in water with out question should be addressed. If the pipe at the street (header pipe) DOES contain lead, lead in the tap water may be coming from that pipe or connected pipes (it may also be coming from sources inside your home). Most homes built before 1986 it is recommended that you test for lead in your water. The EPA action level is if the levels are above 15 parts per billion (ppb). See link to CCD and lead in your drinking water.
There are at home kits that can give you a quick reading sold in many hardware stores or online Amazon has a huge assortment of them. Who can say which one of these tests are more accurate than the other. Then there are tests that you take a sample of the water and send it to a lab for an analysis. Regardless, of the test you chose it is extremely important to follow the directions properly. Most Water Treatment companies deal with Labs which require two samples of water. These samples are to be taken at different times of the day to obtain a clear understanding and reading of the Lead in your water.
What to do if you have lead or believe you have lead in your water?
Per the C.C.D., until the lead source is eliminated, you should take the following steps any time you wish to use tap water for drinking or cooking, especially when the water has been off and sitting in the pipes for more than 6 hours. Please note that additional flushing is necessary: (A) Before using any tap water for drinking or cooking, run high-volume taps (such as your shower) on COLD for 5 minutes or more. (B) Then, run the kitchen tap on COLD for 1–2 additional minutes. (C) Fill a clean container(s) with water from this tap. This water will be suitable for drinking, cooking, preparation of baby formula, or other consumption. To conserve water, collect multiple containers of water at once (after you have fully flushed the water from the tap as described). cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm
When I read the post about the "3 ... plaguing NJ " I personally called and spoke with 2 of the major water suppliers in NJ. I received their water reports "which" anyone can retrieve on line or from your town. I take issue When scare (tactics) situations are created to cause an upset for consumers; it is bad for everyone involved in any aspect of the water industry. I am working with and will continue to work with various organizations to STOP companies from creating consumer upset when it is not 100% valid or needed. I also am dedicated to reducing false information and overselling of products to consumers by anyone in any area of the Water Industry.
YES, everyone at some-point should have their water tested and treated for what is needed. Do so, because you are concerned and want to know What is in your Water. Well Water, it is recommended that it be tested yearly this can be located on "WQA.org".
Hard Water - Not many people like what Hard Water is doing to their home, skin, appliances and pipes, I couldn't agree more. Before spending your hard-earned money first know what your waters hard water levels are. There seems to be a consensus that if the Hard Water readings are at or below the acceptable levels, something still should be done to reduce and alleviate it as much as possible, this is not always the case. Hard water within reason is not harmful to you and your appliances or pipes, removing it to as low as possible if it is at the acceptable levels or below is an individual performance nothing more.
PROTECTING YOURSELF AND LOVED ONES FROM SCAMMERS
It is important that we all work together to ensure that we provide our families and communities with knowledge, to assistance in protecting them against "Scammers, Fraud or Shady Individuals or Companies"
Below are a few important articles to read and share with family and friends. ANTI-FRAUD TOOLKIT SPEAKS TO (Mailers "you won $, phone Calls you Won a Vacation") / Spoofing Caller ID (This is XYZ Bank Calling with important.... "or" This is a urgent call from the IRS)
This is a great tool for all INDIVIDUALS to be familiar with. For more visit the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs
Spoofing and Caller ID
What is spoofing and how does it work?
"Spoofing" occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. An attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally.
What you can do if you think you're being spoofed.
Be careful about responding to any request for personal identifying information.
Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother's maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious.
More detail on Spoofing click the link: