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Chicago Drinking Water Quality Report Provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Drinking water quality results gathered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA).  Data provided to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for years 2004 - 2009. 1)National Drinking Water Database:


Chicago Drinking Water Quality Report (partial)



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Why You Need an Indoor Air Purifier for Allergies

Powerful Cancer Causing Agent

TCP is a chemical that is found in drinking water sources around the country and has been called, by some, “one of the most powerful cancer-causing agents in the world.”  Not only is it unsafe to drink, but it is unsafe to shower in as one can inhale the chemical.  In parts of California, TCP levels are 6 times higher than what the state considers to be safe.

TCP is short for 1,2,3-trichloropropane. Originally discovered as an unwanted by-product in the manufacturing of other chemicals, especially pesticides, TCP has been on a short list of studies by the EPA for several years.  However, water municipalities are still not required to test for it or remove it.  Only some states, such as California, are moving to regulate this toxic chemical.

No Maximum Contaminant Level Set by the EPA

Unfortunately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not yet set a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for this very toxic manmade chemical used as a cleaning and degreasing solvent and also as a pesticide.  Ironically, it did not even work as a pesticide and now millions of people are left with the legacy of TCP in their drinking water.

California and TCP

Specifically, there are lawsuits pending in California against DOW chemical and Shell.  While they knew that it was not effective as a pesticide, they realized that it was a cost effective way to get rid of the byproduct.  According to sources, they made nearly $10 million dollars a year between sales and the savings of having to dispose of the waste.  A DOW scientist even referred to it as “garbage”.

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has developed a Public Health Goal (PHG) for TCP of 0.0007 ug/L or 0.7 parts per trillion (PPT). At this level, the threat of consuming TCP over a life time of 70 years is considered to be insigniicant.  The maximum contaminant level (MCL) currently proposed by the California State Water Board is 5 ppt.  Confirmation is expected soon.

To help visualize the impact of the 5 ppt level, picture the following:  1 part-per-trillion is about 1,000 times smaller than a drop of water in an Olympic-size swimming pool!  Paul Tratnyek, a professor at the Institute of Environmental Health at Oregon Health and Science University, who studied TCP for the Defense Department said, “Even the slightest amount of TCP in the water would be considered to be a potential health effect.”

TCP Found in States

To date, this human carcinogen has been found in drinking water sources in 14 states or territories.  According to, the following states have contaminated drinking water in at least 1 public water system with nearly 4 million people affected in the United States.  Due to agricultural use, California has been hit particularly hard.  “Over 2 million pounds of pesticides containing 1,3-dichloropropene were used in California alone in 1978.” (Wikipedia)

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Virginia

Remove TCP from Your Drinking Water

So, what do consumers need to know and what can we do about this problem?  Consumers can choose to wait on government officials to fix the problem.  Frankly, that might take longer than you are willing to wait.  As a concerned consumer, you might prefer to take control of the situation by insuring the quality of your own home’s water.  We know that TCP may be in your water if you are in one of these states, but what about other chemicals that are yet unknown?  Shouldn’t you be protecting yourself from all toxins?

AquaNui water distillers are the perfect answer to this difficult problem.  The boiling point of TCP is 156.85 degrees Celsius, which is well above the boiling point of water. The vapor pressure is 3 mm of mercury at 20 degrees Celsius, so it is non-volatile. The density or specific gravity is 1.307 g/ml.  Therefore, distillation is a very effective way to remove TCP by leaving it behind in the boiling chamber as residue.  What you are left with is 99.9% pure water.

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Water Quality is a Top Priority

We wished, like you, that we lived in a world that had clean air and clean water.  With all of the chemicals being produced today, it has become necessary to take it upon ourselves to protect our bodies from unnecessary exposure and harm.  Many people take the time to eat well or buy organic food, but what about water?  We drink it every day.  We believe that it’s time to consider water quality a number one priority.

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Pennsylvania Community Experiences Spike in Water Nitrate Levels

Pennsylvania families are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of their tap water and the risks it poses for infants.

Nitrates found in drinking water can make babies very sick; infants under six months of age are at particular risk for nitrate poisoning when they ingest formula that has been prepared with contaminated tap water. Nitrate poisoning includes symptoms like shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome. The EPA set the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for nitrates in water at 10 ppm; water tested in Adams County, Pennsylvania, contained levels anywhere between 20-80 ppm.

When it comes to determining the cause behind the spike in nitrate levels in well water, some suspect it could be from a recent chemical plant fire in the area that contaminated local creeks. Though this is possible, the chemical plant fire has not been confirmed as the cause of the contamination.

Families in these communities have switched to bottled water for preparing formula, as well as other uses for their families. However, bottled water may not be the safest solution. Bottled water company, Niagara Bottling, recently issued a recall of bottled water from two of its Pennsylvania bottling plants after the supplier failed to report positive E. coli findings at the spring source. A premium water distiller can ensure that a family’s water is safe.

You can read more about both these stories at the following links:

Infants at Risk from Pennsylvania Nitrate Contamination

14 Brands of Bottled Water Recalled Due to Possible E. Coli


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Be Prepared

By Al Meder

When I was a young boy I was a member of the Boy Scouts. This is a wonderful organization which taught young boys so many basic skills. The Boy Scouts had a motto: “Be Prepared”.

These two words have so much meaning across life when you think about it. Apply these to your life and instill them in your children. Youngsters who read early are clearly better prepared for the challenges ahead. Youths who practice hard are generally better prepared to excel in sports. And likewise, preparation for the job you choose puts you in a better position to advance in your career.

Being prepared is also good when it comes to your family’s health. Drinking distilled water is a good preparation for a healthier life, as you remove the toxins, even those at very low levels, which your body would otherwise have to deal with. This has even more importance today.

I’m sure you have seen the daily reports of weather extremes. We are seeing record droughts in California. At the same time there have been unprecedented rains and flooding in Texas, Oklahoma and elsewhere in the US. This is not impacting the US alone. North and South Korea are in drought conditions, and New Zealand and Eastern Europe are having record rainfall and flooding. These extremes can have a profound effect on water quality. Water treatment plants in some areas can’t handle the volume of water effectively, while in drought areas water quality can be severely compromised.

Those families who are prepared have installed water distillers. A well-designed distiller can remove virtually all toxins from the water regardless of the water conditions. At the same time distillers are friendly to the environment – they simply don’t waste water.

So my advice is to tell your friends and neighbors about your distiller and the wonderful benefits of “being prepared” in the water you consume. You will be doing them a great service.

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E-Coli in a School in Maine


Elevated levels of bacteria were found in Marshwood Middle School in Maine. Steady stream of students are grabbing bottled water to drink for at least the coming 3 weeks. It is believed that a valve that was not properly closed in the pipe that may have caused the water contamination. Here’s a report from WMTW-TV:

Water contamination is increasingly becoming the center of attention by many news reporters. It is believed that more than 30 million residents in the United States do not have access to safe drinking water. This is an alarming and troubling number in our nation.

The simple truth we cannot avoid is this; we need to be proactive not reactive to such situations when they occur. If schools and hospitals install an emergency water distillation systems for such like conditions, there won’t be a need to be worried.

Under boil alert, FEMA and the American Red Cross recommend distillation as the ultimate solution for water pollution. No filters can stand that type of water contamination!

US Embassies across the globe use distillation for their employees and staff. They realize in case of a biological attack, a water distiller is the arsenal that will eliminate bacteria present in water, thus producing clean, safe, fresh, pure and secure water.

It is time for action. It is time to get the message out. It is not just for our sake but it’s also for our children, the future of this world.

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