Modern man is worried about the water he drinks. What we once took for granted we now jump up into activism over. For sure, there is nothing more important than our drinking water and unless you live on Mars and don’t get the daily news, reports of drinking water contamination are on the rise. There are very few of us that have not been touched one way or another by undesirable water contamination, and while our desire to protect our water sources is noble, science has already shown us that we can do very little to protecting our water resources from contamination. If we want future generations to enjoy safe drinking water, then we need to look into new directions.
For over 100 years, we good people have been polluting the earth with herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, paint, grease, oil, cosmetics, land-fill leachate, soaps, degreasers and every other nasty toxin imaginable. Over the decades, each time it has rained, some of those contaminants have entered our lakes, rivers and aquifers. There is no reversing this, and while we may not like it, the science of mankind and civilization tells us that we are going to continue to contaminate our water supplies.
Sadly, too many of our municipal water treatment plants were designed decades ago when the contaminant profile was much different than it is today. Some modern-day contaminants didn’t even exist 50 years ago.
The good news is that the technology exists to convert any type of nasty water into perfectly fine drinking water. Herein lies the water area in which we should be spending most of our activism, research and investment. The chemical precipitation process used to”drop out” toxic metals in many of our water plants can no longer guarantee us safe drinking water. We must make new investment into Reverse Osmosis, Ultrafiltration, Ozonation, Ultra-Violet Sterilization, Ion-Exchange and Selective Adsorbtion technologies and create a new generation of water plant that is fail-safe, regardless of what contaminant finds its way into our water.
Protecting people is a lot more important than protecting water. They are, two very different thought processes and it is time for us to react accordingly.