Samples of tainted tap water. Photo courtesy of flintwaterstudy.org

Samples of tainted tap water. Photo courtesy of flintwaterstudy.org

From contaminated water in America’s schools and homes to an epidemic of lead poisoning and chemicals in tap water, the safety of tap water in America has never been discussed quite as openly as it is today. Fixing the broken water system in our country will cost millions of dollars, most which will fall upon home and business owners who will need to replace old pipes that are leeching lead. As reliable as tap water is, it often comes from mysterious sources and contains chemicals that people shouldn’t be putting into their bodies. How can the problem be addressed and how can American citizens protect themselves? This series is a must-read! The Safety of Tap Water in America, Part 1  The Safety of Tap Water in America, Part 2: Flint The Safety of Tap Water in America, Part 3: Lead Poisoning The Safety of Tap Water in America, Part 4: 2,000 Water Systems, 50 States, and 6 Million People Exposed to Lead The Safety of Tap Water in America, Part 5: School System Contamination The Safety of Tap Water in America, Part 6: It’s not Just Lead
flint-drinking-water-pipes One of the scariest things a parent can experience is the exposure of his or her child to danger. We send our kids to school under the impression that they are safe there. With all of the safety protocols in place at schools, it’s easy to assume that being at school is one of the safest places a child can be. In some schools though, there’s a silent potential killer lurking where no one can see: Inside the water pipes. Two stories in the news recently have highlighted two school districts in separate cities serving 43,000 kids that have been found to have lead in the drinking water.  A story at NJ.com said,
In 2006, 2008, and again in 2012, elevated levels of lead were found in drinking fountains in city schools, but officials did not “chart a a comprehensive attack on lead” until 2013, The New York Times reported yesterday.  The report comes as lead contamination in urban areas has come under closer scrutiny. But despite lead levels being elevated up to 60 times the federal threshold at eight schools in 2006, students were not switched to bottled water until two years later, The New York Times reported.  By 2013, all but six Jersey City schools had lead contamination, with one fountain testing at 853 times the accepted maximum, the report states. 
Lead poisoning is exceptionally dangerous for children and can result in nervous system damage and even death. There is no safe minimum for lead exposure and the fact that it’s showing up in schools is reason to send children to school with bottles of clean water from home. Lead is showing up in school drinking water all across the country, from Seattle to Ohio to Michigan to New Jersey, and will very likely appear in more cities. The biggest reason is because of lead pipes that are many decades old. Water absorbs chemicals from whatever it travels through, and old lead pipes are notorious for poisoning drinking water. The best way to avoid lead is to drink bottled water that is regularly tested. Castle Rock Water is pure, fresh mountain spring water loaded with natural electrolytes and healthy minerals. People all across California are having it delivered right to their homes and offices so they can have drinking water that they can feel good about serving to their families. If you’d like information on home delivery, just contact us and you’ll be on your way to a life without lead in your water. 
tap_water_in_america Clean water in the United States is taken for granted. We assume that when we turn on the kitchen tap, clean water suitable for drinking is what comes out. We’ve all grown up with instant access to drinkable water anytime we choose and we all assume the water is clean and healthy. Now, though, we’re starting to hear stories of our tap water not being what we expect. Cities and municipalities have, for decades, treated water that comes out of our taps. They source the water from lakes, rivers, or underground aquifers and begin a process of de-sludging it, filtering it, and adding chemicals to kill bacteria, make it taste better, and even improve our teeth. Flouride, as we all know by now, is a neurotoxin that is often added to city water supplies. Tap water can also include: An article on Dr. Joseph Mercola’s site says even pharmaceutical drugs can be found in drinking water. The article goes on to say,
Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), 11 of which were found in this most recent government test, have become so ubiquitous that many of them are now detected in humans—including children. According to the CDC’s “Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals” published in 2009, a dozen different types of perfluorinated compounds were detected in Americans tested.
We also know from recent events that city water supplies across America have actually been poisoned and made people extraordinarily sick. That list seems to expand every day. Today we start a new series that looks into those recent events, the chemicals that are causing people to get sick, and how you, as a water-consuming human who wants the best for his or her well-being, can put a stop to it and guarantee your health. Tap water, while conveniently piped directly to your home, can come from mysterious sources and the fluid that comes out when the tap turns on could contain chemicals that will hurt you and your family. Stay tuned as we explore the safety of tap water in America.
Collection of water bottles There’s a story making the rounds on social media that one popular brand of bottled water is actually just tap water. People are naturally upset and feel duped by the big companies that sell bottled water. The truth is that yes, most bottled water comes from the same sources that city tap water uses. The difference is that the companies ship the water via truck to a processing plant where it’s filtered, has minerals added, and then gets bottled. So yes, it’s tap water, but it’s filtered and changed. But it’s not a healthy process for a number of reasons. The corporations don’t pay anywhere near a fair price for the water they extract, which leaves communities with less water and nothing to show for it. Tap water that gets stored and manipulated loses its ability to properly hydrate. We’ve written about that before, and you’re welcome to read up on the details here. Castle Rock Water is bottled water done differently. We pay a fair price back to the community where the water is sourced. We are the only bottled water company in the world to do so. Our water comes directly from the springs of Mt. Shasta and is never touched or changed by humans. The water is constantly recognized as some of the best-tasting water in the world; all without chemical adjustments or additional filtering. Our water is living structured water that is highly beneficial to the human body. Ultimately, we want to encourage other companies to follow us. If we could look back in five years and feel like we had an influence on other brands to bottle water like we do, we couldn’t be happier. Next time you hear someone say that all bottled water is just tap water in a bottle, please send them our way and let them know that Castle Rock does it right.      
  Have you ever thought about how the water you drink gets filtered? Think about your tap water for a moment. The water that comes out of your home faucet, if you’re on a municipal water system, came from an aquifer, river, lake, or some kind of reservoir. That water supply is often open to all kinds of contaminates, both biological and man-made. Cities go to great lengths to filter the water before it gets to you, but that process can take a real toll on the quality of water that you drink. Here’s a brief example of how one city’s process works, according to the Edmonton Journal.
In most cases, utilities place their intake pipes at deep parts of the river, so as to avoid drawing in oil and other debris floating on the surface. Sometimes this raw water is temporarily held in settling ponds to let some of the solids drop out, or else it is pumped directly to the treatment plant. Typically, a coagulant such as alum is added at this stage and the water is mixed, creating clumps of particles in a process called flocculation. These clumps or “floc” are then allowed to settle to the bottom of a clarifying basin, after which the sludge is removed. The water is then filtered. Many municipalities now use synthetic membrane filters, which are composed of thousands of tightly knit polymer strands.
Wow. So the water is taken from potentially polluted rivers, moved to sit stagnate in a pond, gets additives to coagulate all the junk, has sludge removed, then goes through a filtration process. True, the resulting water is drinkable, but at what cost? Water that is treated extensively and allowed to sit stagnate loses its energy, its vitality, and its structure. The water essentially dies and all beneficial minerals are lost. Tap water in most municipalities is not unhealthy, but it’s not going to provide the benefits that nature intended either. Castle Rock Water, on the other hand, is pure living structured water. The water is never touched by humans, it’s not artificially filtered or modified, and it never sits stagnant. Nothing is ever added. Castle Rock Water starts as glacier melt on the top of the mountain and is filled with oxygen isotopes. It spends the next 100-10,000 years percolating through the mountain, which acts as one of the largest water filters in the world. This ancient water flows through lave tubes, streams, moves over precious metals and stones, and twists and turns down the banks of Mt. Shasta. The water becomes energized on its journey. It actually gains energy. Because it’s constantly moving and naturally filtered as it flows, it gains structure and is infused with many beneficial minerals from the material deep inside the mountain. The body uses these minerals to stay properly hydrated. Water that has a living structure is better for the vitality of humans and promotes a well-being that tap water can’t match. Read the description again of how tap water is filtered then decide: Which water would you rather have in your body?  

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