Despite the studies released year after year demonstrating just how dangerous, toxic, and unhealthy our tap water can be, we still keep using it. After all, it’s federally-regulated. Surely that must mean it’s safe? Surely if our local tap water were unsafe, someone in authority would have told us about it? Sadly, no.
Last month, The New York Times ran a feature article exposing the ills of our nation’s tap water system. It made me start to think: wow. Enough is enough. I need to seriously investigate the various kinds of extra filtration/purification systems out there.
You’ve got counter top systems, under sink systems, pitchers, faucet-mount systems and more. How do you know what the best buy is? Well, I’m pleased to announce that one of my sponsors, Marilyn from Urban Homemaker, has graciously decided to GIVE AWAY a Multi-Pure Aqua Dome Countertop water purifying system — named a Consumer’s Digest Best Buy in August of 2009.
Why Purify Your Water?
Many of us know of the standard objections to tap water. It’s chlorinated. It’s fluoridated. It’s contaminated with pharmaceuticals and other chemicals. It sounds so banal.
Yet, have you thought about what that all means? Ingesting chlorinated water is yet one more way in which we wage war against our gut — against the beneficial bacteria and micro-organisms that ought to populate a healthy intestinal tract. Fluoride is more poisonous than lead and only slightly less poisonous than arsenic. The latest science even makes it clear that it’s not all that good for our teeth, despite the shaky claims made by scientists back in the ’50s to the contrary.
And the chemicals! From the recent New York Times article:
Only 91 contaminants are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, yet more than 60,000 chemicals are used within the United States, according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates. Government and independent scientists have scrutinized thousands of those chemicals in recent decades, and identified hundreds associated with a risk of cancer and other diseases at small concentrations in drinking water, according to an analysis of government records by The New York Times.
But not one chemical has been added to the list of those regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act since 2000.
Other recent studies have found that even some chemicals regulated by that law pose risks at much smaller concentrations than previously known. However, many of the act’s standards for those chemicals have not been updated since the 1980s, and some remain essentially unchanged since the law was passed in 1974.
All told, more than 62 million Americans have been exposed since 2004 to drinking water that did not meet at least one commonly used government health guideline intended to help protect people from cancer or serious disease, according to an analysis by The Times of more than 19 million drinking-water test results from the District of Columbia and the 45 states that made data available.
In some cases, people have been exposed for years to water that did not meet those guidelines.
But because such guidelines were never incorporated into the Safe Drinking Water Act, the vast majority of that water never violated the law.
The full article is all-too revealing. Put simply, our tap water system is a mess. If you want clean water, you’re going to need to take it into your own hands. You’re going to need to be responsible for it yourself.
Why The Aqua Dome?
When trying to buy a water purification system, you need to balance the level of purification against the cost. According to Consumer’s Digest:
The Aqua Dome’s three-stage filtration process means that it filters water as effectively as most premium models do but at half the cost. This unit also has the best warranty that is on the market, particularly its 90-day money back guarantee. A 3-foot dual hose allows you to push this countertop model out of the way while you get filtered water from your tap faucet.
In other words, it’s the best buy. And, despite being on the countertop, it’s also not as in-your-face as many other systems. It’s also NSF certified for filtering the widest array of chemicals and pollutants. Consumer’s Digest likes it. I like it. The water from it tastes great, and I know it’s safe for all my cooking and fermenting needs.
How To Enter
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY, MARCH 1st.
If you want to be entered to win the Aqua Dome countertop water purifying system (worth $225!), the first step is to click on the link below. You’ll be taken to an entry form at the Urban Homemaker website. To be clear, you must enter your information in the form in order to enter the contest. You’ll also be automatically subscribed to the Urban Homemaker’s newsletter (full of useful information, and you can easily unsubscribe at any time).
That’s good for one entry. For additional chances to win, do any of the following:
1. Blog about this giveaway and link back to this page on your blog. Comment below with the link. (1 extra entry)
2. Sign up for my email updates or RSS feed. Leave a comment below telling me that you signed up. You will also get an entry if you already subscribe — make sure to leave a comment! (1 extra entry)
3. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Be sure to include the URL to this page in your tweet. Click the TweetThis button at the bottom of the post, or you can use the following tweet: “Win an Aqua Dome Water Purifier from @foodrenegade ($225 value)! (AND INCLUDE THE URL)” Leave a comment telling me that you followed & tweeted. (1 extra entry)
4. Email 5 friends about the giveaway, with a link to this page. Leave a comment below telling me that you did. (1 extra entry)
5. Stumble this post and leave me a comment telling me that you did. (1 extra entry)
There are a total of 6 possible entries.
Questions? Comment below.
This contest will end Saturday, February 27th at 11:59 PM PST. The winner will be chosen via random.org, and will be announced on Monday, March 1st. The lucky winner will have 48 hours to contact me with his or her full name and mailing address.
Please note that Urban Homemaker is one of my sponsors, and as such I am being compensated for hosting this giveaway. That said, you can trust that I only accept sponsors whose products I whole-heartedly endorse and believe in. Urban homemaker is also an independent distributor (#103419) for Multi-Pure, the makers of the Aqua Dome.
Good luck, everybody!