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I developed this website to provide a comprehensive resource for those who are searching for information about: drinking water safety, quality, and effective treatment methods; common drinking water contaminants and their health consequences; and tools to avoid the countless marketing scams perpetuated on the unwary. 
What Various Contaminants Can Do To Your Health How to find and interpret reliable information about Drinking Water and other products.  This topic explores the processes of science and critical thinking and describes how they differ from pseudoscientific pronouncements which are capable of capturing the imagination (and money) of the public with no scientific  credibility and providing not a shred of scientific evidence.  Guidelines  to help you understand whether health or performance claims regarding specific water-related products (as well as the thousands of other products, services and ideas marketed as providing some benefit to you) are true and accurate (and not a scam) can be found at Distilling Facts from Fiction and Fraud
Contaminants That Could Be In Your Drinking Water Harmful Contaminants That Could Be In Your Drinking Water and Their Health Effects (view)
Lead, Chlorine, Disinfection Byproducts, Cryptosporidia, Giardia, Bacteria, Pesticides, etc.
What's The Best Drinking Water Purification Method For You What's The Best Drinking Water Purification Method For You? (view)
Filtration, Reverse Osmosis, Distillation, Bottled water, KDF, Emergency Treatment, etc.
(Check out these Four Steps to help you select a water treatment method)
Drinking Water Scams Drinking Water Scams (Alkaline Water, Other Altered Water Issues, Emoto & Ice Crystals, How To Spot Scams)
(Beware of product claims to alter water's structure or energy & provide greater health benefits)
What Various Contaminants Can Do To Your Health Bottled Water - Coke and Pepsi bottle municipal tap water as "Dasani" and "Aquafina" and sell it to us at twice the cost of gasoline. Bottle water is a triumph of perceived need over reason--the greatest marketing coup in history. 12/2/2007 Doonesbury comic strip
 Drink healthy water, drink it responsibly and save.
What Various Contaminants Can Do To Your Health How to find and interpret reliable information about Drinking Water and other products.  This topic includes content that explores the processes of science and critical thinking and describes how they differ from pseudoscientific pronouncements which are capable of capturing the imagination of the public without a shred of scientific credibility.
I distilled the results of many hours of research into the discussions and the lists of drinking water related sites listed on the menu page.  I hope that the information here will be helpful in your search for answers to this important health issue.

Although this site discusses contaminants found in water from both municipal water companies and from private wells, the treatment methods discussed, are mostly Point of Use (POU) - water is treated at the point where it will be used for drinking, cooking, etc.  Many private well water problems, bacteria, iron, heavy metals, pH imbalances, etc., need to be treated either at the well, or as the water enters the home and must be customized for a particular situation.  I do not go into much detail about these treatment methods, but I provide references to some sites that do.  I try to provide only authoritative web references.

Sites you will find referenced here include:
Government sites, like the Environmental Protection Agency, The National Library of Medicine and the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Environmental organizations, like the Safe Drinking Water Foundation.
Water industry groups and treatment facilities, like NSF International, the American Water Works Association, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Denver Water, National Environmental Services Center On Tap magazine and National Drinking Water Clearinghouse .
University based cooperative extension services and research groups, like the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Colorado State University Extension, the University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension (publications) and Purdue Safe Water
Media publications, like Scientific American, Popular Science, National Public Radio and various newspaper articles.