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Archive for June, 2012

Worried About Plastics Contaminating Water?

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 by admin No Comments

At Aquatec we are often asked about the benefits of drinking pure water in your home. There are many things that we can list, such as limescale prevention and making energy savings in your home.

Plastics Contaminating Water

But one of the most important health benefits is having access to water that is not contaminated in any way. New research has shown that harmful compounds can even leach from plastics into the food and drinks that we consume. And public awareness is continuing to grow over concerns about compounds such as Bisphenol A (known as BPA) which is found in plastic bottles and food containers.

A report published in 2008 by the US National Toxicology Program concluded that BPA had concerning effects on the brain, behaviour and prostate gland development in foetuses, infants and children.

Worryingly BPA is so prevalent that during tests by the US Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, it was found it in 93% of urine samples from a group of more than two and a half thousand people.

One of the biggest concerns about BPA is that it can act as an environmental oestrogen, which has been shown to affect sexual development in fish and potentially be the cause of some cancers in humans.

bottles made of plastic contaminating water with BPA

Plastic water bottles contain BPA, which some scientists fear can contaminate drinking water.

But despite millions of pounds spent on thousands of research papers, there is still no conclusive evidence one way or the other and scientists are still arguing about whether BPA is harmful to humans.

Professor Richard Sharpe of the Medical Research Council’s Centre For Reproductive Health said: “Replicability is the guardian of scientific integrity. But some of the most critical experiments to test the safety BPA simply could not be repeated.

“The trouble is that some people have been convinced that BPA is the devil’s poison and responsible for all kinds of ills. When anyone says their research does not concur, they are accused of being in the pay of the plastics industry or of using the wrong kind of mice in their experiments.”

While the medical debate rages on, if you want to protect yourself and your family from the potentially harmful effects of the plastic packaging of water, contact Aquatec today. We can carry out a free water test in your home to check for harmful contaminants. We can then fit a home water purification system if necessary.

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Hosepipe Ban to End

Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by admin No Comments

The bizarre hosepipe ban that was put in place despite one of the wettest Mays on record looks set to finally end.

Thames Water will remove its hosepipe ban that was put in place at the beginning of April, after finally being convinced that enough rain has fallen to replenish stocks.

Richard Aylard, sustainability director for Thames Water, said: “We won’t keep the restrictions in place for a moment longer than is necessary, and plan to update our customers again on the situation towards the end of June.

Hosepipe ban ends

The hosepipe ban looks set to finally end after incessant wet weather.

“Unless the topsy-turvy British weather delivers an unexpected Saharan twist, the ban should finally end.”

It is hardly surprising that there has been an about turn – the month of March was also a record breaker – but for hot weather. And unless it turns extremely hot again the hosepipe ban, which was originally scheduled to last until the end of the year, will be halted at the end of June.

Other water companies are likely to also end their bans which will mean that car washes and sprinkler use will again take place.

And their views are backed up by the Environment Agency which said that rivers and reservoirs were returning to normal levels, although underground aquifers were still at lower levels than usual.

Trevor Bishop, head of water resources for the agency, said: “It has been incredibly important to put rivers back to a level which is broadly sustainable.”

If you are concerned about using water in a way that is environmentally friendly and sustainable, contact Aquatec today.

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Contraceptive Pill Contaminating Water

Posted on: June 6th, 2012 by admin No Comments

The bill for cleansing chemicals from contraceptive pills, which have contaminated the British water supply, could run into the billions.

Not only is the clean up required to protect the purity of drinking water, but it is likely to be specified in a new European Union water framework directive.

The problem is the chemical Ethinyl estradiol (EE2), the main ingredient in the contraceptive pill, which has been proven to affect fish populations. In one recent trial researchers added small levels of EE2 into a Canadian lake to find that fish populations were gravely affected.

contraceptive pill contaminating water

The contraceptive pill is contaminating water

Meanwhile around two and a half million women are thought to take the pill in the UK. As yet no adverse affects have been identified where humans are concerned but Professor Richard Owen, who is a toxicologist at Exeter University, said that did not mean that there were none.

He said: “Do we want to wait until we see effects in humans, as we did with thalidomide and BSE, or do we act before harm is done?”

His views were backed up by Professor Susan Jobling of Brunel University who said that a chemical with such a powerful affect on the human body was bound to have a profound effect on the environment.

This has prompted the EU to set approved levels ethinyl estradiol in water in Europe. But the costs for this are huge, around £6 million for a town of a quarter of a million people. The final decision on the plans will be made by the EU in November.

However, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical disagreed that such drastic plans were necessary. They said that feminisation in fish populations has been observed in a number of field surveys, but a detrimental impact on the level of those populations has never been established.

If you are concerned about the quality of the drinking water in your home, book a free water test with Aquatec today and find out how our water purification systems can make a huge difference to the wellbeing of you and your family.

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