Is There a Bridge Over Troubled Groundwater?

The state of America’s groundwater has been in the news a good bit lately. While the controversy over the city of Flint dominated the headlines in 2015 – the trouble with their water started as early as 2007,  there are hundreds more groundwater issues around the country![1]

The sad new is this: Some contamination is even worse than Flint.

As many as 3,000 areas in America have lead poisoning in excess of that found in Flint. In addition to this, reports show that there’s trouble in Knoxville, TN where environmental groups are suing the Tennessee Valley Authority due to Cumberland River contamination. And the current political administration eliminated the pollution protection enacted by the former administration, that lessened water pollution near mountaintop coal mines

Those in favor of this rule state that drinking water is safer because contaminants like lead are filtered out. Those against say it is too costly to continue it for the over regulated coal and mining industries.[3]

Most recently, the Wilmington, NC area has had to deal with the news that GenX, a potentially cancer-causing byproduct of the DuPont and Chemours plants, has been dumped into the Cape Fear River for decades.[4]

140 million people rely on clean groundwater for drinking water.[5] That is just under 50% of the 2017 United States population.

Some threats to our groundwater include…

  • Disposal from municipal waste
  • Rural use of fertilizers and pesticides, and
  • Runoff from salting roads in winter

Groundwater issues

Is Well Water the Answer?

It would be wonderful if well water was the answer to our groundwater concerns. But it isn’t. Well water is not subject to the same pollution prevention and quality standards guidelines as groundwater which is used and regulated by city and town water utility companies across the country.

Diminishing Returns

With the news of severe droughts raging across America, it’s no wonder that the supply of available drinking water is diminishing. California’s experience of this over the past several years, led to heightened water restrictions.

Groundwater tend to recover more slowly than surface water supplies and it can take as long as a decade for a groundwater aquifer to fill back up.[6] Combining that deficit with overuse and consumption, our supply of fresh drinking water is at risk.

Even in years without drought, a joint NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory study has found that levels in key aquifers are decreasing worldwide. Part of this is due to human consumption.[7]

Between the consumption of water and the need for water use by energy and power industries, Science Daily predicts we will run out of potable water by 2040 if we don’t make immediate changes.[8]

The Future of Our Most Precious Resource

One of the leading groundwater issues is the failing state of America’s water infrastructure. Twenty out of every 100 gallons of water is lost because of pipe leaks. If water is leaking out, imagine what else is leaking in! [9]

Capturing and using seawater as a source of usable drinking water is also an option, but this new technology could cost billions of dollars, and involves a large-scale reverse osmosis process to remove the saline.

What should we do?

If you are looking for a quicker solution to clean drinking water and a great option to eliminate pollutants in workplace water, your answer is a point of use reverse osmosis system. This cleans your water, reducing contaminants and providing healthier, safer, cleaner drinking water.











Bottled Water’s Dirty Little Secrets!

Just when you think you might be safe avoiding germs and contaminants, bottled water rears its ugly head and exposes its dirty little secrets.

You might think that a 5-gallon jug of bottled water is the best method to keep workers healthy and safe but the opposite is true and here’s why. Someone has to lift that gigantic bottle of water (and possibly hurt themselves in the meantime) to get it into the cooler.

So what’s the big deal?

The Mouth and the Spout

The problem is that someone has to place their hand(s) on the mouth of the jug as it’s being lifted and shoved into place. And then there’s the spout — that little dispensing mechanism — as well as its internal working parts. They are breeding grounds for dispensing germs along with your water.

Here’s how it happens. Susie from Accounting regularly fills her water bottle from the cooler in the break room. Susie doesn’t know it yet but she was exposed to the flu when she went to a rock concert this past weekend.

She places the mouth of her bottle under the water cooler spigot – the very bottle she’s been sipping from all morning because she feels dehydrated from the fever she’s starting to spike – and now you have the whole office exposed to the same flu Susie is coming down with.[1]

Cleaning the Cooler

Yes, even water coolers need to be cleaned. This may be overlooked because you might think that since bottle coolers use a safe plastic jug, it doesn’t need maintenance right?


National Science Foundation International states that 2.7 million germs can be found in one square inch of a water cooler.

The spigot should be soaked in boiling water to kill any germs and then use a brush on the reservoir and spigot.[2]

Lifting Jugs Can Be Harmful, Too

The water jugs that are commonly used in offices weigh about 40 pounds. It’s not uncommon to injure your back, arms or hands trying to lift and position the water jug into the cooler.

And, yes, you may lift it properly with your legs but then you have to navigate getting the bottle positioned correctly to go into the small space for the neck of the jug, but what happens when you’re off balance? You could easily drop the jug and hurt yourself.

And Then There’s BPA

The five-gallon water jugs commonly used in offices frequently can leach a chemical called BPA. Short for Bisphenol A, BPA has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, heart disease and cognitive problems in addition to asthma and diabetes.

Babies and youngsters are particularly at risk because they metabolize BPA far slower than adults. Here’s a scary statistic from the Environmental Working Group as reported by The Huffington Post: In a recent study, nine out of 10 babies had BPA in their umbilical cord blood.[3]

Our Planet’s Health is at Risk

Manufacturing the bottles used for bottled water is taking a huge toll on the health of our planet. These companies throw millions of pollutants into the atmosphere during manufacturing and transportation. The water from remote sources is also processed and packaged into petroleum products.

Landfills are the repositories of up to 30 million water bottles every year and that number keeps growing annually.

The answer is to move to a plastic-free water purification system, which will give your employees and their families peace of mind and a healthy alternative to plastic jugs.




Think Spring Water is Pure and Clean? Think Again

Think Spring Water is Pure and Clean? Think Again

What do you envision when the words “spring water” are said? Do you picture a secluded natural spring of unmatched beauty with clear water tumbling over rocks? That’s exactly what bottled water companies want you to see.

The truth, however, is that bottled spring water doesn’t get to you naturally but largely by petroleum.

First, bulk water is transported from remote sources. The water is then processed and packaged into bottles made from petroleum products. Packaged water is then shipped around the globe, and, finally, across town before ending up as one of the more than 25 billion water bottles that end up in our ever-clogging landfills each year. Experts estimate that manufacturing a one-year supply of plastic water bottles consumes enough oil to fuel 1.5 million cars for an entire year and generates 2 ½ million tons of carbon emission – not to mention the environmental costs of transporting the bottles.

Bottled Water Landfills

Spring Water vs. Purified Water

Let’s first look at the differences between spring water and purified water because they are frequently lumped together. Spring water is water that comes from springs in the ground. It’s sometimes referred to as well water or artesian water. It’s collected when it rises to the surface.

Springs can form anywhere there is rock formation, most commonly limestone in the U.S. Typically, water is clear when it bubbles to the surface but can discolor depending on the mineral composition of the soil surrounding it. And while spring water can be safe to drink, the Environmental Protection Agency requires that bottled spring water must be filtered and tested for sediment.

Purified water, on the other hand, has a strict set of requirements to meet. Any and all impurities in purified water must not exceed 10 parts per million. Interestingly enough, bottled purified water does not measure microbes. Fortunately, all Pure Water Technology products take an extra step in the purification process to eliminate microbes!

As a result of filtration, purified water can come from any source including water from springs or even taps.

Many Americans are now investing in high quality purification systems for their office drinking water supply. And the top grade spring water … the ones advertised from a very specific source … are often too costly to use every day.

A Bottleless Water Cooler Can Save You Money and Keep Your Employees Healthy

You can ditch the worry of whether the water you supply to your employees is safe and clean to drink by switching to a bottleless water cooler system.

Not only do bottleless water coolers remove the plastic and petroleum from the process, but the right water purification solution can provide a much higher quality of water.