Water- Our Most Vital Resource – In Our Homes

Water – Our Most Vital Resource

In Our Homes – This new series about water safety and cleanliness will take a closer look at our own environment in the United States and our community. Do we have issues? Just a few months ago our attention was on Flint, Michigan and the water toxins that they endured. Until then, you may not have given much thought about the glass of water taken from your tap! With the “too late” breaking news we saw how bad decisions and ignored problems with toxic water caused an entire area to have polluted water, health issues and a myriad of future problems. Now it will take generations for the AdobeStock_74994751_WMcommunity to recover from the damage. But before we get into how the water gets into your house, where it comes from and what treatment it has gone through, let us take a look at what you might be doing that adds to any problems in the local community! We feel pretty sure your response will be that you are not contributing to the safety of the local water system. Let’s take a look!!

Stop a moment and take into account the products you use in your house to keep it what the “commercial” world tells you will make it “sparkle”. Everything from bleach for the clean clothes to oven cleaners and many other types of “cleaners” are used that can really cause indoor air pollution. But one concern is that these same cleaning agents can lead to some members of the family having breathing problems and we often don’t know why. According to Organic Consumers Association “cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposure reported in the U.S Poison Control Center” —  But what has that to do with your drinking water? When you are finished cleaning, where do you dispose of the water with the cleaning substance, that’s right, in the sink – which goes where – right into your sewer system which leads to a nearby AdobeStock_88025425_WMtreatment plant! Eventually that treated water, which has not taken out all the toxins ends up in a river, stream or ocean somewhere.  Phosphates, although banned in many states, remains in automatic dishwater detergents and is responsible for the killing of fish and other organisms. It acts as a fertilizer, developing an overgrowth of algae. So, perhaps you are part of the problem, at a very basic level, but never the less what you use in your house is important and you need to think about where the residue goes.  Everything that goes down your drain ends up being treated along with your sewage and other waste water at your local municipal treatment plant, it is then discharged into nearby water ways. Even though many of the ingredients of the chemical cleaners can be broken down, others don’t and threaten water quality, fish and other wildlife.

So what can one do and what action would be the right thing to do to know we are doing our part in keeping clean water a priority? Many of you may remember the day when the “commercial” world did not promote the types of cleaning agents used today. Our grandmothers cleaned, but how? They used nontoxic and safe at home products that one can still depend on. We at USIUSA have changed many of our habits and rely on some safe and simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and borax. This takes a little more scrubbing, but we assure you it is safer for your home, those breathing the chemicals, as well as the process that takes used water to your streams and rivers near you and others. Space does not allow for all the ways we clean, but it is easy to research this. Just type in to Google the product you want to change and ask for a nontoxic recipe. You can also research the dangerous ingredients in your present products. There are many sites that can give you ways to clean, pest control, and toxic food ingredients. Think about you and your family and what you are breathing and eating. Take charge of your life and don’t allow big business to tell you what to use – Check it Out!





Overall preparation for what nature can throw at us is not that overwhelming but it does take a little effort. USI has a wealth of information, equipment and training for everyone about all forms of mitigation so visit our web site at www.usiusa.com and if you have a need feel free to call!

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Author Ben Barr is a 30+ year SERE Specialist who has been a curriculum developer for the USAF Survival School, USAF Water Survival School, USAF Air Mobility Command, USMC and USN

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