Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
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Not all drinking water contains significant amounts of toxic substances.
Some places rate higher in water safety than others.
In addition, not all cities and towns process their water supplies the same way.
Some do nothing at all to their water.
Still other filter their water.
It’s up to you to find out how local drinking water is treated and how safe the water coming out of your tap is.
The EPA has defined pure water as “bacteriologically safe” water, and it recommends – but doesn’t require – tap water have a pH between 6.5 and 8.5.
This allows for a lot of leeway in what passes as acceptable water.
If you’re concerned about the safety of the water coming out of your tap, you can contact your local water officials or local health department, which may test your tap water free of charge.
In some cases, you may have to contact your state’s water supply or health department.
Typically, however, these agencies test the water only for bacteria levels, not for toxic substances.
Therefore, you might want to contact a commercial lab or local state university lab to test your water for its chemical content.
If you find your tap water is unacceptable either because of its taste or because of its toxic chemical content, you may choose to use one of the alternative water supplies we’ll talk about tomorrow.
The Water Quality Association will answer questions about the different types of water and methods of water treatment.
In addition, the EPA operates the toll-free Safe Drinking Water Hotline, which can help you to locate an office or lab in your area that does certified water testing.
There are also a number of labs that will send a self-addressed container for you to fill and return by mail for testing.
Results are usually available in 2-3 weeks.
To help you understand the results of water testing, you should get information on the EPA’s Recommended Maximum Contaminant Levels.
This and other water quality information is available from NSF International at 800-673-6275.
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