Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Biggest threat to U.S. drinking water?

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070123/sc_nm/usa_water_dc

So who would have thought the top worry among water experts turns out to be rusty pipes?

Water, don't get me started. Our top priority is rusty and faulty pipes. Your kidding me, right. Oh yea, they are a concern, should have been twenty years ago, maybe more. But our biggest concern. Okay, let us assume that this is the huge concern they purport it to be. What is the solution. Replace them with plastic pipes. Hey wouldn't that mean the use of more fossil fuels, and the leaching of VOC's into our water supply. Oh yea, that's right we need one more way to introduce greater dependence on oil, a depleted resource.

I agree that iron pipes used 50 years ago are probably in need of repair. They mention in the article that some of these pipes have been in service for over a hundred years.
But after the extensive purifying process, water ends up in your glass after traveling through pipes laid under city streets 50, 60 or 100 years ago.
Shouldn't that tell us something. If they still work, even inadequately, they still work. Maybe we should consider that. Maybe the fact that they have worked as long as they have should be given consideration. Before we go and make the decision to use some new material, one that does not have the historical data behind it that iron and steel does, maybe we should consider the alternatives.

Now they don't make any mention as to what they are going to do about the situation, or that they are going to use plastic pipes, but that they mention plastic pipes, indicates to me that they are considering it. Please reconsider. Plastic is not the "all that" material that industry seems to think it is, despite what the petroleum companies would have you believe. Well that is enough for now. I will try to post some more coherent information about water in general in the future, but one never knows, maybe I will just begin to degrade into a ranting, raging dissident, terrorist of true propaganda. That would make me the same as the spin doctors of government and religion, just the thought of it makes me sick to my stomach. I think I will go boil some water and or drink another bottle of ultra-pasteurized and distilled spring water.

Sleep well...take care