Preventing Water Cross-Contamination

Water contamination is a worldwide problem and a very serious one in certain third world countries. Entire charitable organizations like World Vision are devoted to a resolution. It reminds us how precious our water is and how lucky we are as a nation. Problems do rear their ugly heads from time to time as we all know, wreaking havoc on an unsuspecting community. Concord is blessed with clean water from its major sources, but you can cause pollution yourself if you do not follow safe irrigation practices. Farmers who connect hoses to fertilizer sprayers or in-ground irrigation systems can create a risk of cross-contamination.

No one wants alien elements emanating from their tap. Many resort to installing whole house water filters like these ones, just in case there is a lapse by the local water utility company that somehow is affected by errant farmers. Usually, contamination is short lived and can be remedied. I, for one, am keeping my filter intact in case of another occurrence. I know that water is the fluid of life and its purity is sacred in any culture.

Contamination may be caused by local farmers in Concord, but in many cities it comes from industrial waste dumping in spite of existing laws. Thank goodness that testing is common in this country to reveal pollution before it is harmful. It hasn’t always worked, but we are more vigilant now. Ever community cares about drinking water purity and there are regulations regarding allowable pollutants. I don’t like the idea of any of them at all. I can only hope that the standards are high in Concord as compared to major urban areas.

Lapses in clean water in the US are a major source of embarrassment and a public relations nightmare.  Try to put a pretty face on Flint, Michigan with a cleanup; but were are still under the magnifying glass of a judgmental world. It is one thing to have water issues in Africa and another in America, where we have the ways and means to prevent them.

Our rivers, lakes, streams, and groundwater are under attack, although it is invisible to the naked eye. The acceptance of any wastewater at all in our systems is a threatening concept. We have made progress, but how much do we not know. How much has the biosphere been harmed? At what point can we not stop the infiltration of chemicals and pathogens in our aquatic ecosystem. Excuse me for being strident as I suddenly realize that this is an old problem that lurks under the surface. I can only hope it is not in Concord. I suspect not or there would be a huge public outcry. If it happens, I may be the first voice heard.