Cyanotoxins and Microcystin

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Lisle, Illinois (August 6, 2014) – The Water Quality Association has released an official statement on cyanotoxins such as microcystin, which was recently detected in the public water supply serving Toledo, Ohio.

What are cyanotoxins?

Certain varieties of freshwater algae known as cyanobacteria may be present in rivers, lakes and other bodies of surface water. When conditions are right, cyanobacteria (sometimes referred to as blue-green algae) can rapidly multiply in surface water causing harmful cyanobacterial algal blooms. Some species of cyanobacteria produce toxic secondary metabolites, known as cyanotoxins. The conditions that cause cyanobacteria to produce cyanotoxins are not well understood, but increased production has been observed at certain times during the year, particularly during the late summer.

What is microcystin?

Microcystin is a toxin that is released when the cyanobacterial organism dies or when one of its cell walls is destroyed. According to the U.S. EPA, there are over 80 different known variations of microcystin, but the most common is microcystin-LR.

Are these substances harmful to health?

Yes. Exposure to cyanotoxins – in drinking water or from direct contact with the skin – may cause a wide range of health symptoms in humans. They include fever, headaches, muscle and joint pain, blisters, stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, mouth ulcers and allergic reactions. (Source U.S. EPA)

Are these contaminants regulated by the EPA?

Not at this time. Microcystin-LR and two other cyanotoxins in drinking water are being monitored by the EPA for potential future regulation.

How are these contaminants addressed?

In its fact sheet on cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins, the EPA recommends the use of microfiltration and ultrafiltration for the removal of intact cyanobacterial cells, and activated carbon, membrane filtration, nanofiltration or reverse osmosis, for the removal of extracellular toxins. However, WQA cannot verify this recommendation because we have never tested or certified a drinking water treatment device for the removal of cyanotoxins or cyanobacterial cells.

What can I do if cyanotoxins have been detected in my tap water?

If you have a water treatment system in your home, consult the product’s manufacturer or dealer to determine if the treated water is safe to drink, and also inquire about the need and method for disinfection and filter/membrane replacement. Bottled water is always a safe alternative to tap water during contamination outbreaks affecting public water supplies. Please search our provider directory tolocate for a bottled water supplier in your area. Please also consult a qualified water treatment professional for recommendations on how you can protect your household from the effects of possible future contamination outbreaks.

Where can I turn for more information?

For additional details on cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins, please visit the EPA’s website.

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Water-related Diseases and Contaminants in Private Wells

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Over 15 million U.S. households obtain their drinking water from private wells, which are not covered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that protect public drinking water systems. Although the United States has one of the safest drinking water supplies in the world, sources of drinking water can still become contaminated through naturally occurring chemicals and minerals (for example, arsenic, radon), local land use practices (for example, pesticides, chemicals, animal feeding operations), malfunctioning wastewater treatment systems (for example, sewer overflows), and other sources. Contamination of a private well can impact not only the household served by the well, but also nearby households using the same aquifer.

Owners of private wells are responsible for ensuring that their water is safe from contaminants.  Private wells should be checked every year for mechanical problems, cleanliness, and the presence of coliform bacteria, nitrates, and any other contaminants of local concern. A local health department or water well systems professional can help ensure delivery of high-quality water from an existing well or, if needed, help locate and construct a new well in a safer area. Additional information about well maintenance and water testing is available at Healthy Water’s Well Testing page.

The presence of contaminants in water can lead to health issues, including gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems, and neurological disorders. Infants, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people whose immune systems are compromised because of AIDS, chemotherapy, or transplant medications, may be especially susceptible to illness from some contaminants.

Request a free water test for your home or business.  Understand your water quality for making better decisions about a healthy lifestyle.  Learn more.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Alabama Well Water

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Pure, clean water is H2O, and anything else in water is essentially a contaminant. Yet there are so many things that can make their way into water and affect its quality. We’ve seen homes with a variety of water issues like sulfur, hardness and iron. But some homeowners have battled with water that contains bacteria, viruses, volatile organic compounds, total dissolved solids and a number of other contaminants.

Do you know what the quality of your well water is like? If you have a private well, you, as the homeowner, are responsible for the quality of the water in your home. It’s suggested that homeowners have their well tested every year, yet many people only test the water’s quality when they build or purchase their home. Even if your well water tests fine, your water must travel through the pipes in your home before it reaches your tap. Those with older homes or those who have water pipes that have not been replaced in years may want to have their water tested for lead.

Most people don’t really know much about the quality of their well water.  And worse yet, they don’t know how to solve their water problems once they realize they have them. We can help. We’ll test your water, see if it contains anything of concern, and then recommend any needed solutions.  A free water analysis is a great way to get started. Contact us to schedule yours today.

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Avion Solutions Provides Employees with High Quality Water Treatment from Aon Water Technology

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Huntsville, AL – Avion Solutions provides it’s Huntsville office employees with high quality water treatment from Aon Water Technology.  The value of water filtration in a high tech company may be something that’s under the radar but the benefits are sure to be sky high for employees working at Avion Solutions.  Avion Solutions delivers high-quality, specialized engineering, logistics, software development, and technical services.  And now,” high-quality” and “specialized” can also be attributed to Avion’s water, thanks to the new water system deployed by Aon Water Technology.

Aon Water Technology’s Kinetico water filtration and water softener systems use patented industry-leading technology to remove contaminants and hardness to greatly improve overall water quality for employees while protecting expensive equipment, facilities, appliances, and fish.  Yes, fish!  The marine life in the beautiful aquarium in Avion’s main lobby is also a beneficiary of the quality filtered water.  Chad Donald, President and CEO of Avion Solutions,  directed Kerry Doughty, Vice President and CFO, to find a solutions to improve the quality of water at Avion’s corporate office.   Kerry consulted several companies’ solutions, eventually choosing Aon Water Technology to implement a proposal he had received from local water expert, Joe Copp, about the benefits of providing a complete water filtration system for their company.

“Healthy, quality water is an area that tends to get overlooked in many companies,” explains Aon’s Joe Copp,   “During the course of a day, employees interact with water rather frequently, either drinking or washing up.  Our Kinetico water treatment solutions provide a blockade against various harmful chemicals and our systems can reduce or eliminate chemical exposures to employees.”

Avion’s Kerry Doughty adds, “With the system deployed by Aon Water Technology, employees will enjoy superior drinking water.  Other benefits include longer lifespans and increased energy efficiency for the facility’s plumbing system, water processing appliances, and fixtures, which in turn lowers overall costs of water related maintenance.”

About Avion Solutions, Inc.

Headquartered in Huntsville, AL, Avion Solutions, Inc. is an Employee-Owned Small Business, and a highly technical engineering and logistics corporation that delivers a broad range of quality specialized engineering, software development, logistics, and technical services to the U.S. Army Aviation community and the U.S. Navy. They support the U.S. military and provide rewarding careers for innovative technical professionals including engineers, ex-military aviation experts, logisticians, analysts, and computer systems professionals; and provide technical expertise to support Army rotorcraft weapons systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and associated subsystems.  For more information about Avion Solutions, Inc. and the SeaPort-e MAC, visit the company website at http://www.avionsolutions.com or contact Steve Cope at (256) 721-7006.

About Aon Water Technology

 Aon Water Technology is North Alabama’s Authorized Independent Kinetico Dealer.   Kinetico is brilliantly engineered to be simply the most efficient and effective water softeners, drinking water systems, and water filters for home, business, and commercial, including municipal and well water solutions.   These unique non-electric water systems offer salt free filtration systems, water refiners, softeners, reverse osmosis, iron & sulfur systems.   With a Kinetico water system, every time you turn on your tap, you know you’re getting the best water—and only water. Visit AonWaterTech.com for more information.

 

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What is pH | pH Chart | pH of water

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What is pH | pH Chart | pH of water.

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What Is Alkaline Water?

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Alkaline water, a.k.a.  ionized water, is water that is neither acidic nor neutral on the pH scale, having a level above 7.   In chemistry, pH is a measure of the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution.  Solutions with a pH less than 7 are said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. Normal drinking water has a pH very close to 7.  Alkaline water is having a pH of approximately 8. Exact pH levels would depend largely the equipment used to alkalize the water.

At Mayoclinic.org, Katherine Zeratsky, R.D. L.D. explains, “Because alkaline water has a higher pH level than does plain tap water, proponents say that it can neutralize acid in your bloodstream, boost your metabolism and help your body absorb nutrients more effectively. Some even say that alkaline water can help prevent disease and slow the aging process.  However, researchers haven’t verified these claims.”

To function well, the human body can be neither too acidic nor too basic. Therefore it is recommended to keep pH levels at around 7 for optimal health.  Alkaline water is preferred by many people for the purpose of balancing out acid in their blood.

Want to learn more about the water you’re drinking?  Request a free water test for your home or business.  Understand your water quality for making better decisions about a healthy lifestyle.  Learn more.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PH

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/alkaline-water/faq-20058029

http://www.ehow.com/about_5033313_alkaline-water.html

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PCE in drinking water linked to an increased risk of mental illness – tetrachloroethylene

PCE in drinking water linked to an increased risk of mental illness – tetrachloroethylene.

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