Monday, March 10, 2008

Don't Drink the Water


Today's big news story, designed as they all are to scare the bejeebers out of people, has to do with pharmaceuticals found in drinking water. The point they make is that even though they are there in tiny amounts, if taken in over a lifetime...bad things could happen. But the even more disturbing line of thinking is about how the substances got into the water...it all has to go somewhere you know! Don't think about it! OK, now you are.

In our town we have a municipal well and the water is an awful orangish-brown color. So we run it through a softener in the basement and then a filter in the refrigerator. At least it looks better. But who knows what is still in there, the filters don't get it all. The water quality report that we get in the mail always says that the levels of arsenic present are just fine, hardly any in there at all, not to worry.

A person could just go crazy thinking about this stuff and in the end there is nothing you can do about it. All I know is for some reason all the children of the world automatically know that if they need a drink of water when they are already in bed it has to come from the faucet in the kitchen, all the way across the house, NEVER the bathroom sink, no way, kitchen only.

6 comments:

Heather Leigh said...

NEVER the bathroom!

~Amy said...

At least they've removed the "Drink at Your Own Risk" signs from above the drinking fountains at the schools...

Anonymous said...

Hi, Mindy- I decided to drink the bathroom water a few years ago after avoiding it much in the past. After all, I run the water all day for hand washing, cleaning the sink, and brushing teeth. I use disposable cups. I do drink bottled spring water for majority of plain water, and now I'll buy distilled water after the news this week. I am surprised that there hasn't been more studies on how bottled water is handled after it leaves the bottling plant. Imagine hot trailer trucks instead of refrigerated shipping. Gloomy. At least your kids avoid some ingested chemicals with home baked goodies from their dad and Aunt Chris

Anonymous said...

Did Mom write these water articles? I seemed to recognize the sense of impending doom from places you least expect it. I thought kids don't drink from the bathroom because plumbing is a mystery to them (and me) and the bathroom sink is too close to the toliet.
Mary Beth

lgd0708 said...

I find it ironic we won't drink the bathroom water, but we'll brush our teeth and rinse out our mouths with it.

lgd0708 said...

And as you can see from the picture, the water around here does interesting things to one's hairstyle....