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Whats in your water

Whats in your water

For a detailed report of what chemicals and pesticides are in your regional water please follow this link to the UK's Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI).
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An extract from the site:

Breach of arsenic standard, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

  • During February and March 2009 concentrations of arsenic gradually rose, until they failed the standard in the Newcastle under Lyme area of Staffordshire, supplied by Severn Trent Water.

 

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Whats in your water

Whats in your water

A few of the chemicals that are routinely added to water are:

  • Calcium Hydroxide
  • Chlorine(liquefied)
  • Aluminium Sulphate
  • Sodium Silicofluoride

Tap water is treated to kill bacteria and other micro-organisms. The water may leave the source in a clean condition, but it has to travel through pipes, some which may have been underground for hundreds of years. So it's inconceivable for the water not to become contaminated by something unsavoury.

In addition to the chemicals that have been added, by the time your water reaches you it may contain other contaminants, like lead from pipes for instance.

Tap water typically contains:

  • Chlorine
  • Fluoride compounds
  • Nitrates
  • Trihalomethanes
  • Pesticides
  • Salts of
    • Arsenic
    • Copper
    • Lead
    • Mercury
    • Cadmium
    • Radium

The concern that some scientists have is the long term effects these chemicals and contaminants may have on the human body.

Around 10% of the UK water supply has fluoride added at source. There is growing evidence to support the argument that the science behind the mass fluoridation by water authorities is questionable. It's interesting to know that fluoridation of the water supply is banned in all other European countries.

The Scottish Parliament in 2004 voted against adding fluoride to the water supply and it remains untreated, as does the water in Northern Ireland.