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HOW SAFE IS OUR DRINKING WATER?! What does all this mean in terms of what's actually in yo

THOSE AGENCIES which formerly protected our foods and medicines, our drinking water, our bridges, highways, hospitals etc called INFRA STRUCTURE AGENCIES were sold off to FOREIGN INVESTORS IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 12803 George Bush: Executive Order 12803 - Infrastructure Privatization
Search Engine provided by the Harry S. Truman Library. ... Citation: George Bush: "Executive Order 12803 - Infrastructure Privatization," April 30, 1992. b) "Infrastructure asset" means any asset financed in whole or in part by the Federal Government and needed for the functioning of the economy. Examples of such assets include, but are not limited to: roads, tunnels, bridges, electricity supply facilities, mass transit, rail transportation, airports, ports. waterways, water supply facilities, recycling and wastewater treatment facilities, solid waste disposal facilities, housing, schools, prisons, and hospitals.
 http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=23625
PRENTER, WVa. (WATE) -- In 2003, several residents of a small West Virginia community say their water went bad. Since then, they've claimed everything points to what the coal companies are storing deep within the mountains.

Families living in the Prenter community in West Virginia's northern Boone County.

snip: "The county said it was definitely contaminated. Then we had more detailed testing done on it. They have said that it's completely unsafe to bathe in or do any laundry in. Don't eat or drink it," Keith says.

The wells were tested by Dr. Benjamin Stout, a biology professor at Wheeling Jesuit University, in June 2008.

Across the board, levels of manganese and iron far exceeded EPA's safe drinking water standards. There were also elevated levels of beryllium, aluminum and lead. read more:  link to www.wate.com

Having been brought to Wellsburg, W.Va. last year under "False and Misleading Pretense".. further finding myself living with 25+or minus elderly persons being what is known as a "concentrated area" I have noticed the elderly ladies suffering from various degrees of Kidney problems [including myself].

This morning, April 11, 2013 doing a bit of internet searching, I ran across the following article by AP.

May 11, 2011. Wellsburg bans gas drilling, fracking
By The Associated Press

WELLSBURG, W.Va. -- A Northern Panhandle city is saying no thanks to natural gas drilling and the revenue it can provide.

Media outlets report that Wellsburg City Council voted Tuesday night to ban drilling and fracking within 1 mile of the city limits. The ordinance extends the ban outside Wellsburg's limits because of concerns about the city's drinking water.

City Solicitor Bill Cipriani says state law allows cities to extend their authority within a mile outside their borders if necessary.

Chesapeake Energy objected to the ban. Chesapeake is among the many companies rushing to tap the Marcellus shale reserve.

Other local governments in West Virginia have signed deals with drilling companies, including McMehen, Wheeling, Morgantown and the Marshall County school district.  http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201105110396

DRINKING WATER REPORT.

Weirton Area Water Board - Wellsburg, WV

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Serves 21,997 people - Test data available: 2004-2005

This drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) by the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources. It is part of EWG's national database that includes 47,667 drinking water utilities and 20 million test results. Water utilities nationwide detected more than 300 pollutants between 2004 and 2009. More than half of these chemicals are unregulated, legal in any amount. Despite this widespread contamination, the federal government invests few resources to protecting rivers, reservoirs, and groundwater from pollution in the first place. The information below summarizes test results for this utility and lists potential health concerns.

The West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources did not respond to requests for more recent test data. Contact your water utility for the latest water quality report.

EPA WATER VIOLATION SUMMARY

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Violation Date of Violation
Failure to report information to the public or state agency in the Consumer Confidence Report
2006/07/01 - 2006/08/08
Public Notification Violation for National Primary Drinking Water Regulations
2007/03/09 - 2007/12/13
Public Notification Violation for National Primary Drinking Water Regulations
2007/05/19 - 2007/12/13
Public Notification Violation for National Primary Drinking Water Regulations
2007/08/23 - 2007/12/13
Public Notification Violation for National Primary Drinking Water Regulations
2008/11/17 - 2025/12/31
SOURCE:  link to www.ewg.org


Information on violations is drawn directly from EPA's national violations database in the Agency's Safe Drinking Water Information System. Analyses by others have raised questions about the quality of the information in EPA's database. For the purposes of this investigation, EWG is not showing below or including in our analyses, those violations for individual water suppliers that occurred on days for which the total number of violations assigned by EPA to that water supplier was greater than 20. This criteria was based on common characteristics of incorrect violations data as identified by water utilities, from a review of EPA's violations data by several hundred utilities prior to the release of EWG's investigation.

What does all this mean in terms of what's actually in your water glass? If your city has a water quality problem, your tap water may at times carry a worrisome collection of contaminants. Tap water can contain a vast array of contaminants, but a handful showed up repeatedly in the water of these cities: Lead, which enters drinking water supplies from the corrosion of pipes and plumbing fixtures and can cause brain damage in infants and children; Pathogens (germs) that can make people sick, especially those with weakened immune systems, the frail elderly and the very young ; By-products of chlorine treatment such as trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids, which may cause cancer and reproductive problems; Arsenic, radon, the rocket fuel perchlorate and other carcinogens or otherwise toxic chemicals contaminants like these get into our water from many different sources.

A few examples: runoff from sewage systems that overflow after a heavy storm; runoff from contaminant-laden sites like roads, pesticide and fertilizer-rich farms and lawns, and mining sites; wastes from huge animal feedlots; and industrial pollution that leaches into groundwater or is released into surface water. A high level of any of these contaminants in your water represents a failure of your city's "water treatment train" -- a series of steps your water is put through to filter and disinfect it before it is delivered to your tap. By extension, it also represents a failure by your government -- local, state and federal -- to protect your water supply and ensure that pure, safe and good-tasting water is supplied to your home. NRDC's study found that relatively few cities are in outright violation of national standards for contamination of drinking water, but this is more a result of weak standards than it is of low contaminant levels.

For example, cancer-causing arsenic is currently present in the drinking water of 22 million Americans at average levels of 5 ppb, well below a new EPA standard for arsenic of 10 ppb that will go into effect in 2006. Yet scientists now know that there is no safe level of arsenic in drinking water. (The EPA found that a standard of 3 ppb would have been feasible, but industry lobbying and concerns over treatment costs prevailed over public safety.) Many cities failed to meet the EPA's "level of concern" for various contaminants that are not yet regulated. Studies also yield another broad truth about the nation's drinking water "treatment trains": many cities show an increase in the frequency of periodic spikes in contaminant levels, indicating that the World War I-era plumbing and water treatment facilities still widely employed may be inadequate to handle contaminant spills or even the basic daily contaminant loads produced by our heavily industrialized, densely populated cities. And spikes above the EPA's standards generally don't trigger a violation; usually only an average level over the standard is considered a violation.

The bottom line is this: the tap water in some cities might pose health risks to vulnerable consumers -- people who have serious immune system problems, pregnant women, parents of infants, those with chronic illnesses and the elderly should consult with their health care providers about the safety of tap water. Your Right to Know What's in Your Tap Water. The first question that one would logically ask on reading the above is, "How do I find out what's in my water glass?" And according to U.S. law, every citizen is entitled to a straight answer. Every city is required to publish reports about the safety and quality of its drinking water system. The problem the study found, is that while some cities do a good job with their right-to-know reports, others publish information that is incomplete or misleading: Reports from Atlanta, Boston, Fresno, Houston, Newark, Phoenix, Seattle and Washington, D.C. included false, unqualified or misleading claims, or buried crucial information about problems deep in their reports; Reports from Newark, New Orleans and Phoenix included incorrect or misleading data -- or omitted it entirely; Nearly all cities in the study failed to report on health effects of most contaminants found in their water; Most of the cities studied failed to translate the reports into languages spoken by a large minority in their community.These right-to-know reports hold enormous promise. In addition to informing citizens about the state of their city's water system, they can also build support for investment and encourage citizens to participate in fixing local problems.

Protecting the Source.

The first line of defense in ensuring the safety and quality of drinking water is to ensure that water sources -- lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers (porous underground formations that hold water) -- are protected from pollution. And as indicated above, there are many ways that contaminants get into source water, among them:

Municipal sewage
Polluted runoff from stormwater or snowmelt in urban and suburban areas
Pesticides and fertilizers from agricultural fields
Animal waste from feedlots and farms
Industrial pollution from factories
Mining waste
Hazardous waste sites
Spills and leaks of petroleum products and industrial chemicals "Natural" contamination such as arsenic or radon that occurs in water as a result of leaching or release of the contaminant from rock.

To keep such contaminants out of tap water, a city's first step is identifying where pollution is coming from. Once these sources are known, the water utility, city planners and citizens of a municipality must work together to figure out how to reduce the threat of contamination. Land purchases often prove useful, allowing the water utility to establish a pollution-free zone around source waters. Utilities may also ban boating and other recreational activities on these waters, push for improved pollution controls, or protect wetlands (which replenish and purify source waters). Some cities are doing a fine job of protecting their drinking water supply. Seattle is doing an excellent job of protecting source water; Boston, San Francisco and Denver also get high marks.

But many other cities have a long way to go: Albuquerque's groundwater is becoming seriously depleted; Fresno's groundwater is highly susceptible to contamination; In Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Newark, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego and Washington, D.C., source water is threatened by runoff and industrial or sewage contamination; Water supplies in Baltimore, Fresno, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Diego and several other cities are vulnerable to agricultural pollution containing nitrogen, pesticides or sediment; Denver's source water faces an additional challenge from debris from wildfires and sediments from floods; Manchester's problems apparently come from recreational boating activity in its reservoir.

An informed, involved public is a water utility's strongest ally in an effort to better protect its water supply. The report recommends that citizens urge legislators not to pull the plug on safe water supplies - to stop broad assault on Clean Water Act protections and inform Congress to act to strengthen the laws and contaminant standards we have in place to protect the purity and safety of our drinking water.

source:  link to www.freedrinkingwater.com