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Is Tap Water Safe?

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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Lead in Water Supply Causes Public Health Emergency in Flint Michigan

Public Health Emergency

Water contaminated with lead has caused a public health emergency in Flint, Michigan. People have been complaining for months about the taste and smell of the water since the city broke away from Detroit’s public water system, and began to use water from the Flint River. Unfortunately, Flint children have been experiencing elevated blood levels of lead as a result. The Flint River was supposed to be an interim source until the city could join a new system getting water from Lake Huron.

Dangerous Pipes

Lead contamination usually comes from old lead pipes. In Flint, the combination of the river water, which is treated, yet corrosive, is stripping the lead from pipes and ending up in drinking cups. Lead poisoning can occur over months or years. There is no safe amount of lead. At high levels, lead can be fatal. Sadly, symptoms of lead poisoning do not usually show up until dangerous amounts have accumulated.

Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

Symptoms of lead poisoning in children include:
• Sluggishness and fatigue
• Developmental delay
• Vomiting
• Irritability
• Abdominal pain
• Loss of appetite
• Weight loss
• Learning difficulties
• Hearing loss
• Constipation

Signs of lead poisoning in adults include the following symptoms:
• High blood pressure
• Abdominal pain
• Constipation
• Joint pains
• Muscle pain
• Declines in mental functioning
• Pain, numbness or tingling of the extremities
• Headache
• Memory loss
• Mood disorders
• Reduced sperm count, abnormal sperm
• Miscarriage or premature birth in pregnant women

Children & Infants At Risk

In Flint, residents were told that infants and children should not drink the water. Additionally, those who are pregnant or who have respiratory conditions should avoid drinking Flint water. Not only have residents complained of odor, taste and smell, but also of rashes and hair loss. A GM plant stopped using the water due to the rust it was causing.

Lead Pipes

While the water itself passes federal safety guidelines, it is the mixture of the water with the lead pipes or pipes soldered with lead that is the real problem. Doctors have reported high levels of lead in children and everyone is looking for answers. Many residents had wanted to return to using Detroit’s water system, which they did in October. The GM Foundation and United Way have donated $105,000 to residents to buy filters for 5,000 residents. Free water testing is available to all residents.

Lead Is A Neurotoxin

The most painful part of lead poisoning is knowing that some damage may be irreversible. Lead is a neurotoxin that affects your brain. It is believed that exposure to lead can reduce a child’s IQ. This puts extra burden on society as well as some will need additional medical, school or government assistance. Some will experience problems with violence and aggressive behavior.

” A 30 year follow-up study in Boston found that even low level exposure to lead during childhood – that is, at or below the U.S. level of concern of 10 µg/dL – may impair adult cognitive function enough to lower IQ scores.” (source: environmental health news)

Water Distillers Remove Lead

Those with water distillers would not have been affected by lead in the water. The process of distillation removes lead, among many other contaminants. Water distillers provide owners with peace of mind because they are able to produce 99.9% pure water. Compare the cost of a distiller to the cost of long term care or irreversible damage or cancer due to toxin exposure, and it is clear that a distiller is an excellent choice.

Distillation Provides Safe Water

As with Flint, many contamination events are found out later, after the fact. Some contaminants cannot be boiled out of water, they are only concentrated by boiling. Others are not removed by a simple carbon filter or even reverse osmosis. Only distillation, mimicking the natural hydrologic cycle, removes nearly all toxins. You just can find cleaner water that is consistently safe for you and your family!

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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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The Economics of Water Shortages

When there are water shortages, conservation means seeing lawns dry out and plants die.

But there’s another side this problem as many residents of California are discovering. There are fixed costs in operating a water treatment plant. In normal times this cost is offset by revenues from consumer fees based on water usage. The problem comes up when consumers use less water and the revenue paid to the water treatment plants drops as you would expect. Therein lies the rub – to provide service the water treatment plants must be able to cover their costs, so when the revenue drops what is the most likely course of action? To increase the rates charged for the lower quantity of water used.

This is very true in California today. After Governor Brown ordered communities to cut back their water usage, the water treatment agencies are finding themselves facing significant operating deficits. The AP reported recently that the City of Santa Barbara projected an operating loss of $5 million based on residents cutting water usage by 20%. If that wasn’t a hard enough pill to swallow, the residents of Santa Barbara are cutting back even further. In May they cut back 37% from normal usage. That’s leaving the utility in a real jam and water bills have been rising to make up the difference.

This is a good lesson in economic reality. The books must balance otherwise we might find ourselves in a situation like Greece.

By the way, if you purify your water with a distiller, you are not wasting water in good times or bad.

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Beware: Your Airline Water May Be Contaminated

An article just published by Telegraph Travel from the UK highlights the water purity issues on board aircraft.

Ranked the fourth cleanest airline in world, behind three other Asian carriers, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airlines has a water purity problem. The Hong Kong Port Health Office which audits water purity on aircraft, collected samples from 22 planes and found that 14 of the samples tested failed to meet minimum hygiene standards.

If you are a traveler, you have likely asked for water on board the aircraft. Usually you are given a sealed bottle of a commercial brand of water. However, if you were poured water from a jug, or if you asked for tea or coffee, you are getting water from the bulk water tanks built into the aircraft. These tanks are filled by commercial water companies at virtually all airports around the world. In Cathay Pacific’s case they provided passengers with bottled water but cautioned passengers not to drink the water or brush their teeth with the water coming from the faucets in the bathrooms on board as this water comes from the on-board bulk water storage tanks.

This is not a new phenomenon. In 2002 the Wall Street Journal studied water taken on 14 different flights. Their study found considerable problems with water quality including Salmonella, Staphylococcus and tiny insect eggs. Furthermore the WSJ reported that as a rule, bacteria levels were much higher than US government limits. Later studies by the EPA and NBC also showed an ongoing problem with water quality on-board aircraft.

Unfortunately the planes of today have not yet advanced to the point they have a steam distiller on-board. That would solve their problems. Meanwhile, be prepared and only drink the bottled water they provide – distilled if you are lucky.

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ALERT: Bottled Water Recall

Water recalled after possible E.coli contamination

A bottling company has announced a voluntary recall of several brands of bottled water after E.coli was found in one of its source springs.

On June 10th, Far Away Springs in Auburn, Pennsylvania, which provides water to Niagara, discovered contaminants, namely E Coli, in their water source. They failed to notify their partners about this contamination in a timely manner, and now Niagara is recalling thousands of their bottled water products “out of an abundance of caution” for the safety of consumers. The company stressed that no contamination has been found in its product or at its plants.

Niagara Bottling is voluntary recalling water bottled in its Pennsylvania plants between June 10 and June 18, 2015 and sold under these brands:

  • 7-Eleven
  • Acadia
  • Acme
  • Big Y
  • Best Yet
  • Morning Fresh
  • Niagara
  • Nature’s Place
  • PriceRite
  • Shaw’s
  • ShopRite
  • Superchill
  • Western Beef Blue
  • Wegman’s

The affected products have codes that begin with the letter F or A. The first digit after the letter indicates the number of the production line. The next two numbers indicate the day, then the month in letters, the year and then the time, based on a 24-hour clock.

Example: A610JUN15 2000

According the Niagara’s official public notice, bottled water with these codes should be boiled for at least one minute and then cooled before it is consumed.

Again and again we’re seeing that the only way to be completely certain about what is in the water you and your family drink, is to take matters into your own hands. With a premium water distiller in your home you can rest assured your drinking water is safe.

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Summer Brings Threat of Toxic Blue-Green Algae

by Al Meder

Each year one is likely to read of the “Toxic Blue Green Algae” that appear in many of our lakes. Last summer, Lake Erie hit the headlines and the 400,000 residents of Toledo could not use their tap water at all for three days.

With summer now upon us, the publicity is sure to rise again, and not just around Lake Erie. Most states have this algae problem, as I have pointed out in an earlier blog.

To one who is educated in biology, there is not one problem here but rather two. While green algae blooms occur frequently, there is another culprit which is often referred to as “blue-green algae” when technically it is not. The culprit is in fact bacteria with the name “cyanobacteria”. Cyanobacteria are also green and the toxins produced by the cyanobacteria are what the authorities in Toledo last summer were concerned about. The cyanobacteria and algae get grouped together by news reporters because both are blue-green in color.

But cyanobacteria are a serious concern.

“Cyanobacteria can produce neurotoxins, cytotoxins, endotoxins, and hepatotoxins (i.e. the microcystin producing bacteria species microcystis), and are called cyanotoxins” ……..Wikipedia.
The cyanobacteria were the reason the authorities cautioned residents against “boiling the water” before drinking it. Boiling, in fact, concentrates the cyanotoxins in the water being boiled while the steam produced is actually free of toxins.

We had the science department of the University of Nebraska test this water last year after it had been put through a Pure Water distiller, and as we expected, “distillation effectively lowered the concentration of the three cyanotoxins below instrument detection limits.”

It is for this reason that those consumers in Toledo who had a well-designed water distiller, could keep on drinking the water from Lake Erie when other residents could not.

Al Meder, is President, Pure & Secure LLC, maker of the AquaNui-brand premium water distillers. Pure & Secure is a family-owned and operated business located in the USA Heartland.

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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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Water Quality in a Drought

The Great California Drought: It’s been all over the news lately that California is getting into more and more trouble with the continuing drought and dwindling water supply. Not enough people are conserving it, crops need it and enforcing conservation is extremely difficult. While everyone is concerned about the amount of water being used, few people think about the quality of water being used.
During a drought, water levels are low because much of the water has been evaporated and not replenished. The water that is available will be more concentrated with contaminants. During these times, we can expect to see an increase in nitrates, organic and inorganic minerals, bacteria, pesticides and herbicides in the remaining water supply.
water treatment picIn addition, California’s municipal water treatment facilities will be pressed to treat and recycle the remaining available drinking water supply at a faster rate, which will adversely affect the quality of water. Many municipal water supplies will add additional chlorinate to the water to kill bacteria. This means it is very likely that Californians will be getting more chlorine in tap water then they are accustomed to.
What does this mean for the water conscious home consumer? Bottled water is an option. However, the consumer should be made aware that bottled water, if treated or filtered at all, is often of variable quality and will likely be of lesser quality in a drought when the available water inputs are of lesser quality. In addition, the process of bottling and filtering water is extremely wasteful for our resources and the environment. Finally, the cost of bottled water can quickly add up.
dirty-filtersThere are several options available for environmentally and cost conscious consumers. Home treatment systems known as ‘point of use’ POU systems for drinking water purification are a common option. These include barrier treatment methods such as ‘RO’ reverse osmosis, filtration and distillation. As with bottled water, RO systems are very inefficient and waste water. Also, with the increase in contamination, filters are not only going to deteriorate faster and need to be replaced more often, but their initial effectiveness will be lower. This can become especially expensive for RO systems which require regular replacement filters.
A sensible alternative are distillation POU systems. Distillation systems offer a high quality, eco-friendly and cost-conscious option. A quality U.S. made distiller will consistently remove 99.9+% of water contaminants without wasting a lot of water. Bacteria is killed in the boiling process and practically all of the contaminants are removed when the water becomes vapor and then re-condenses, leaving fresh, pure water for you and your family to drink.


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