The Bottom Line

I developed this website to provide a comprehensive resource for those who are searching for information about: drinking water safety, quality, and effective treatment methods; common drinking water contaminants and their health consequences; and tools to avoid the countless marketing scams perpetuated on the unwary. 

Topics covered on my website include:

What Various Contaminants Can Do To Your Health How to find and interpret reliable information about Drinking Water and other products.  This topic explores the processes of science and critical thinking and describes how they differ from pseudoscientific pronouncements which are capable of capturing the imagination (and money) of the public with no scientific  credibility and providing not a shred of scientific evidence.  Guidelines  to help you understand whether health or performance claims regarding specific water-related products (as well as the thousands of other products, services and ideas marketed as providing some benefit to you) are true and accurate (and not a scam) can be found at Distilling Facts from Fiction and Fraud
Contaminants That Could Be In Your Drinking Water Harmful Contaminants That Could Be In Your Drinking Water and Their Health Effects (view)
Lead, Chlorine, Disinfection Byproducts, Cryptosporidia, Giardia, Bacteria, Pesticides, etc.
What's The Best Drinking Water Purification Method For You What's The Best Drinking Water Purification Method For You? (view)
Filtration, Reverse Osmosis, Distillation, Bottled water, KDF, Emergency Treatment, etc.
(Check out these Four Steps to help you select a water treatment method)
Drinking Water Scams Drinking Water Scams (Alkaline Water, Other 'Altered' Water Issues, Emoto & Ice Crystals, How To Spot Scams)
(Beware of product claims to alter water's structure or energy & provide greater health benefits)
What Various Contaminants Can Do To Your Health Bottled Water - Coke and Pepsi bottle municipal tap water as "Dasani" and "Aquafina" and sell it to us at twice the cost of gasoline. Bottle water is a triumph of perceived need over reason--the greatest marketing coup in history. 12/2/2007 Doonesbury comic strip
 Drink healthy water, drink it responsibly and save.
What Various Contaminants Can Do To Your Health How to find and interpret reliable information about Drinking Water and other products.  This topic includes content that explores the processes of science and critical thinking and describes how they differ from pseudoscientific pronouncements which are capable of capturing the imagination of the public without a shred of scientific credibility.

Drinking Water Contaminant Issues

The page summaries below discuss contaminants that are commonly found in municipal drinking water.  After examining the summaries, if you would like additional information on these topics, you can click on the link at the bottom of the page summary and continue reading.

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Drinking Water Treatment Methods

The page summaries below discuss water treatment methods that are effective for use with most municipal drinking water.  The processes described, of course, will also treat water from any source, but the focus of my site is home treatment of municipal water.  Since public water treatment programs must meet specific government requirements, generalizations can be made about the quality of, and contaminant levels in, the treated water.  This knowledge enables me to restrict the treatment methods to a somewhat manageable number.  Treatment of water from private wells, springs, surface sources can have an almost infinite number of contaminant problems that must be dealt with on an individual basis - some of the methods described here may be effective, but there are many others that will need to be researched. 

Most, of the treatment methods described (except for softeners and filters) are used at the Point of Use (POU) in homes, although they can be scaled up for Point of Entry (POE) treatment.    The page summaries are displayed below

After examining the summaries, if you would like additional information on these topics, you can click on the link at the bottom of the page summary and continue reading.

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Drinking Water Scams

After examining the summaries, if you would like additional information on these topics, you can click on the link at the bottom of the page summary and continue reading.  

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Bottled Water

After examining the Bottled Water summary, if you would like additional information on this topic, you can click on the link at the bottom of the page summary and continue reading.

The Bottom Line
Bottled water is not necessarily more pure or safer than tap water. Consumer Reports: article
Bottled water costs hundreds to thousands of times more than tap water, and tens to hundreds of times more than home-treated water. "Bottled water costs about 2000 times more than tap water. Can you imagine paying 2000 times the price of anything else? How about a $ 10,000 sandwich?" Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff
Bottled water has often been demonstrated in blinded tests to taste the same as tap water.
Bottled water wastes resources and pollutes our earth and atmosphere at every stage of its production, distribution, and the disposal of used bottles.
Bottled water can have no magical properties to cure disease, help you hydrate any better, give you more energy, balance your body's pH, or lose weight better or faster than tap (or filtered) water.
Bottled water is a 'quick fix' commodity that diverts attention away from the necessity of maintaining and upgrading critical public water treatment and distribution infrastructure.
In most cases it is inexpensive (compared to the continuous purchase of bottled water) and easy to treat and bottle your own water:
- Drink healthy water, drink it responsibly and save.

Additional information can be found on the Bottled Water page.


Science Topics

After examining the summaries, if you would like additional information on these topics, you can click on the link at the bottom of the page summary and continue reading.

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Other Miscellaneous Topics

After examining the summaries, if you would like additional information on these topics, you can click on the link at the bottom of the page summary and continue reading.

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The pages below do not have summary sections, and they can be accessed by clicking on the links.

Water-Related Quotes
Drinking Water and Life - Blog  (New Window)
Drinking Water and Life - Facebook  (New Window)
Music - Sound of the Rockies Chorus

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Updated April 2015