Fluoride is an inorganic, monatomic anion with the chemical formula F-. Fluoride ions come from the element fluorine and can be found naturally in soil, rocks and water. Although, fluoride is present in most rainwater, fresh and saltwater sources, the concentration is low, at around 0.3 mg/L. In addition to this naturally occurring calcium fluoride, a synthetic, industrial version of fluoride is often added to tap water in the form of sodium fluoride, fluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate.
Recently there has been a heightened sensitivity toward the use of plastics. Specifically, the use of plastic packaging for commonly used items like bottles. Much of this backlash comes from the idea that this plastic ends up in the oceans, leading to disastrous and far reaching environmental problems. In fact, there have even been legislative bills proposed to tax water bottling companies.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all water utilities to create and distribute annual drinking water quality reports. In this blog post, you will get an overview of this 2019 report distributed by the City of Boulder. According to bouldercolorado.gov, the goal of the City of Boulder 2019 Drinking Water Quality Report is to provide customers with safe and high-quality drinking water. The City of Boulder water supply comes from Barker Reservoir, North Boulder Creek, Boulder Reservoir and Carter Lake.
Water is the lifeblood of our planet and, as such, our most valuable resource. However, not all water is the same. Water in its most pure form is devoid of any chemicals, dissolved solids, biological components, or even minerals. After all, water is just the molecule H2O.
However, no matter how isolated it is from sources of contamination, water can’t exist naturally as H2O alone. The reason for this is that water is a universal solvent, and it easily dissolves a variety of materials. Some of these materials, such as naturally occurring minerals, are good additions, while others shouldn’t be consumed.
Water drinkers have so many water choices to choose from these days. From tap, filtered, distilled or spring water, many consumers may not fully understand all of the differences. In a previous blog, we went over these different water types for drinking. Here we will be focusing specifically on home water filtration systems compared to natural spring water.
When individuals or organizations achieve "greatness" in any area, others like to know about it. Whether their accomplishment is demonstrated by winning a championship or receiving an award, it helps people know how to rank them. Drinking water is no different. We all have our favorites, whether we choose based on taste or some other factor. But how do the professionals determine greatness in the area of water quality?
Most agree that tap water isn't always the best tasting or most healthy water option around. Still, most are content to get all their drinking water straight from their sink. So, why the disconnect between what we would prefer and what we actually get? For some, the default is to do things the way they've always been done. For others, they would rather not pay extra for something perceived to be free.
Since water is such a vital component of our lives, it's important to know exactly what we are drinking. Potential contaminants can include microorganisms, viruses, protozoa, bacteria, metals and organic compounds from industrial processes. The Environmental Protection Agency water quality standards show the limits on the amount of contaminants allowed in tap water by public water systems. Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration regulates commercial and bottled water.
The water cooler is a staple in many offices. This is where the infamous company gossip happens right? Maybe a great company idea? Popular culture sure says so. The office water cooler has been around for as long as there have been modern offices. Larger companies are expanding into other beverages, but we believe water is still the absolute best a company can offers its employees. Of course, we are a bit biased.
Kids love to play. It's the time of life when they are most active. It is also when their bodies do the most growing and maturing. They need nourishment, healthy diets, and yes, lots of water! Many of us know the health benefits of drinking water, but getting children to drink more water can sometimes be the tricky part for parents. I don't recall getting very fired up about a glass of water when I was a child. I wanted juice boxes and orange soda. So how can a parent get kids excited about water?