Farmer's - What Is In Your Tap Water?
Farmer’s are vital to their communities and our country. Farmers feed us, some keep us clothed, and all are stewards of our lands. They are committed to providing the best for our society and mass production often comes at a cost with recommendations of how we can control food and commodity production by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA.)
Many farmers utilize chemicals to keep weeds and pests from destroying their crops and to add more nutrients to our soil. Unfortunately, some of these chemicals can cause some issues for our water resources. Stormwater and irrigation on farms carry these pesticides and manure to gullies, streams, lakes, and rivers and seeps into groundwater that utilities rely on for water, as well as into private household wells.
These chemicals can include nitrate, which is being heavily discussed right now in the water community, as well as phosphorus. According to the EWG, Nitrate in drinking water is linked to cancer, birth defects, and other human health issues, and phosphorus causes toxic algae blooms like the one that in 2014 caused the city of Toledo, Ohio, issue a do-not-drink order to its 500,000 residents for three days. In addition to these chemicals, manure can carry pathogens like E. coli and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Another common pesticide used in rural areas is atrazine. Atrazine is often used as a weed killer. This chemical is tied to hormonal irregularities. According to the Scientific American, “In 2009, a study tied atrazine in drinking water to low birth weight in Indiana newborns. And in a study of more than 3,000 women enrolled in the Agricultural Health Study, those who described using atrazine and other pesticides had an increased risk of missed periods and bleeding between periods. The Agricultural Health Study is a nationwide project sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.” According to EWG’s Tap Water Database, which aggregates testing data from utilities nationwide, between 2015 and 2017, atrazine was found in water systems serving 44 million people in 35 states.
Our rural communities are deeply affected by farm pollutants and we understand that treating water may look expensive initially, but why not do everything in your power now to decrease the chance of costly healthcare bills in the future. Water filtration is one of the best investments you can make for yourself and your livelihood. We know that our nation can’t thrive without our farmers.
If you are interested in learning more about water filtration, please contact us at (833) ONIT-H2O to schedule a free water test. No strings attached!